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Today I will cover your leafy green crops as they are first to grow and first to end production.
Leafy greens are your cabbage, lettuce varieties, beets (yes beets since the tops can be eaten) and spinach.
Most of your Leafy greens planted in May should be trying to flower and go to seed. While they typically are very productive, they do not live long. If they are going to seed you have two options.
1. Let them go to seed and save the seed for next season.
2. Go ahead and till them under and replant with new seed for a fall crop.
3. Till them in and add some compost and allow the compost to go fallow until next year. Rotate in something new next year for that area or row.
If your beets or radishes are a companion planting, you are most likely done with that crop in that row for the year. Examples would be beets and corn in the same row.
Another option is, if you want more lettuce or spinach as an example but not too much more, you can also grow small crops in lots until the first frost.
Summer Squash Family
Squashes are about to reach their peak but will keep producing — just not as fast. Keep feeding them as you have. They will continue to produce until the first hard frost.
Whatever pumpkins you have growing will be your largest. You will still have more, but the giants are forming now.
These are squash such as your acorn squash.
These will continue growing and will be at their best in about 2 weeks.
Beans will continue to do well until the first frost. Just keep on your feeding cycle.
Your traditional corns should start to tassel soon. It should be ready to harvest in September while your yellow corns that are 65- or 70-day corns will be ready by mid August.
Your 90- or 120-day corns will be ready by the first week of October.
The new population is way down this year so keep those cut flowers going as long as you can. Also plants like butterfly bushes are a great long term, food source for bees.