Summer Vegetable Gardens

Well, the hot weather is here. To get a great summer vegetable garden, you have to think about which plants work well in the heat.

To start, it is important to remember to give your plants a well-prepared garden bed. I recommend raised beds that receive afternoon shade.

If you would like to try your hand at a summer vegetable garden, start with a few of my favorites (listed below). Keep in mind, though, you’ll need to encourage pollinators like birds and bees, so you’ll want to plant some accompanying foliage to take care of this job.

Beans — plant with corn and potatoes, not onions

Black-eyed peas — plant with beans, carrots, chives, corn, cucumber, potatoes, radish or turnips

Carrots — plant with artemisia, chives, leeks, lettuce, onions, peas, rosemary or tomatoes

Cucumbers — plant with beans, corn, lettuce, peas, radish or sunflowers

Cantaloupe — plant with morning glory vines, peanuts or radish

Eggplant — plant with artemisia, beans, lavender, marigolds or tansy

Okra — plant with marigolds or nasturtium

Green onion — plant with beets, cabbage, lettuce, roses, strawberries, summer savory or tomatoes

Radish — plant with chervil, cucumber, melons, squash, nasturtium or tomatoes

Sunflowers — plant with beans, corn, cucumber, melons, squash or sweet peasRow of corn


  1. char says:

    What to plant with Brussels Sprouts?

    • Dave Owens says:

      Hi Char! Thanks for your interest. A great companion plant for brussels sprouts would be basil, this attracts bees, a beneficial insect for brussels sprouts and deters some of the bad insects (such as mosquitos). Mint and garlic are also great companion plants as they improve the growth of the plant.

  2. Irene Morales says:

    Are sweet potato leaves eatible? I couldn’t find anything about sweet potatoes or yams in your gardening books! Thank you – love your advice!

    • The Garden Guy says:

      Hi Irene,

      Yes they are edible! they contain high levels of vitamin A and C and is a great source of antioxidants

  3. Pamela Poole says:

    What are great companion plants for early girl tomato plants and for bell pepper and banana pepper?

    • The Garden Guy says:

      Hi Pamela,

      For the peppers anything like flowering herbs, sage and tarragon. For tomatoes you can do asparagus, basil, corn, marigolds, nasturtiums, peas, sage, and sunflowers

  4. Paige Tallabas says:

    When is the best time to harvest green onions? And regrow them?

    • The Garden Guy says:

      Hi Paige,

      The best time to harvest is when the tops wilt and die down. As far as planting from August through April when soil temps are 50 to 95 degrees (F).

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