Is it too late to plant a vegetable garden?

Hi everyone,

I have never had a vegetable garden before but I want to start. I would like to plant things like squash, zuchinni (spelling?), tomatoes, and green beans. I live in south Louisiana. Is it too late? Also, any tips for a newbie?

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7 Responses to “Is it too late to plant a vegetable garden?”

  1. short shrimp Says:

    No, it is not too late. Squash is a fall harvest, so they don’t need to go in early. You can plant them as late as early July. Green beans can be planted in mid spring right through mid summer for a continual harvest. Tomatoes can be planted right up until July as long as you are not starting from seed. Check your local nursery for tomato plants. Zuchinni is similar to cucumber. It can be planted right up until July as long as you are not starting from seed… just like the tomatoes.

    Water often, perhaps every other day… but don’t over water… and try to water early in the day.

    Try to plant in an area that gets close to 6 hrs of continuous sunlight a day. Watch the way the sun hits your yard for a full day, sun up to sun set, to determine the best location before you start digging.

  2. Bear Says:

    i would go to your local garden suplier ask them what would be best to grow at this time by seeds no to late to start but you could buy plants thats already growing like tomatoes would be ok but squash, zuchinni i think may be to late to start growing
    http://www.geocities.com/green_cache/
    http://www.rodsgarden.50megs.com/vegetables.htm

  3. happyglo1 Says:

    It is not too late but you will need to start with established plants, not seeds. It may be too late for the tomatoes. Go to the nursery and ask about fall produce. Don’t try to start too big, just start with a few vegetables and pamper them like crazy. Make sure you use the 7 dust – it is great for insect control. You will love it when you taste your first harvest! Good Luck.

  4. Kavita Says:

    Go to a garden center or nursery and buy tomato plants that are already quite large. They will grow just fine. Be prepared to pay more though, the large plants are expensive. It is a bit more difficult with the other vegetables you have mentioned. Try lettuce. Also, try herbs like parsley and basil. There are some vegetables that will be harvested in the fall, try those. This year, plan for next year and you will have great success!

  5. pcbeachrat Says:

    Allthe plants you mentioned except for the tomatoes you can still plant from seed..buy transplants for the tomatoes..I garden 12 months out of the year, I sell vegetables, and seedlings as well..I am still starting summer veggies from seed…I am from Central Texas and now in Florida..Central Texas and your part of louisiana have about the same wether ..so I know it well..This part of Florida I now live in is close to the same as well….I am in the panhandle about 90 miles from the alabama border…Herews some pictures of my plants.. You still have 3 1/2 to 4 months of warm weather and most these plants only take 40 to 60 days to harvest…You will not be getting your first frost untill about late october or mid november..You have plenty of time…

    PS be careful of using the 7 dust..it is one of the main contributors of killing off our bees ..which are needed to pollinate..it is carbaryl..

    Carbaryl (1-naphthyl methylcarbamate) is a chemical in the carbamate family used chiefly as an insecticide. It is a colorless white crystalline solid. It is commonly sold under the brand name Sevin, a trademark of the Bayer Company. Originally, Union Carbide discovered carbaryl and introduced it commercially in 1958, and it remains the third-most-utilized insecticide in the United States for home gardens, commercial agriculture, and forestry and rangeland protection. Bayer purchased Aventis CropScience in 2002, a company that included Union Carbide pesticide operations.

    Its safety is somewhat controversial. It is a cholinesterase inhibitor and can be toxic to humans with excessive exposure, though no known fatalities have been reported. It is classified as a likely human carcinogen by the EPA. It kills various beneficial insect and crustacean species along with the pests it is intended for, so care must be taken when spraying in areas where such species are present. Carbaryl is acutely toxic to honeybees and can destroy colonies of bees that are foraging in an area where the chemical has been applied.

  6. Joanne A. W Says:

    You are gonna love gardening, don’t try to do it all in one year. Get to know where the sun shines the most, and where the shaded areas are. Because you will need flowers for the sun areas, and flowers for the shaded areas.

    Since you are a beginner, this year start your garden with plants that you get from a garden center or nursery. They are called bedding plants and come in a six pack. Look for a little tag sticking in the six pact showing directions on how to grow the plants. If the tag is not there, ask for one or buy something else. Directions are VERY important.

    Seeds are not always easy to grow. And wildflowers are the hardest so don’t be disappointed if they don’t show up.

    Two good things to do for yourself is to call your local County Extension Service and ask for all the information that they have about gardening in your area. They usually have a packet/kit of things for the home gardener.

    And number two would be to pick up a couple of beginner books. You really do need to know about soil, compost, mulch and etc.

    To keep from over watering or not watering enough, buy a water analyzer from a nursery or garden center. Be sure to read the directions. This will be one of your best tools.

    Send for some free gardening catalogs and get use to the different types of plants, colors, and when to plant. They are filled with good informtion and pictures. And they will keep you company during the long winter months. Here is a list of just a very few. There are hundreds more:

    http://www.waysidegardens.com
    http://www.dutchbulbs.com
    http://www.jacksonandperkins.com (Roses)
    http://www.parkseed.com
    http://www.burpee.com

    Other catalogs:
    http://www.leevalley.com
    http://www.gardeners.com
    http://www.GardensAlive.com
    http://www.deerbusters.com (all types of animal control)
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    Container/pots/window boxes needs:

    All need holes in the bottem for water drainage,
    Potting soil that comes in bags,
    Slow release fertilizer for flowers (not for green plants), OR liquid fertilizer that will need to be used more often-read directions,
    Water crystals to be mixed into the soil for holding water,
    Bedding plants or full grown plants.

    Here is an excellent link to check out for color combinations and plants that look good together:

    http://www.fernlea.com/awesomeaccents/recipes.html

  7. cougarcrazygal Says:

    No. I would buy plants already started. It’s too late for seeds. Good luck.

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