Is it way too late to put in a veggie garden?

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  1. momof3tots

    momof3tots Remember me?

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    I have been so overwhelmed with life this spring, and back to work full time, I barely have time to do anything, let alone garden. The weeds are up to my waist atleast in the flower beds and I'm so embarrassed. Of course I have my berry vines doing wonderfully, as usual, but that is it.

    So, I am in Central Illinois and want to do just a small garden (we only have a small yard) Is it to late to plant the following?

    tomato plants
    pepper plants
    melon seeds
    lettuce
    cucumber seeds
    broccoli
    cabbage
    beans of some sort

    What else can I do?
  2. thea

    thea Active Member

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    Tomatoes and peppers you can still put in. Also broccoli and cabbage, and probably beans. For melons and cucumbers, find out when your 1st frost date is, check the #of days to maturity, and see if you have that much time left. For lettuce you might actually want to wait a bit. It likes cool weather best. You definitely can have a veggie garden this year, though. 2 years ago we moved on July 5th and still planted a few veggies the 1st year.
  3. Korwynne

    Korwynne Mama of Miracles

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    I went with seedlings last year when I got my garden bed around the 4th of July.. I didn't have a huge yield, but it was a cool summer - and I got some :)
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    mamabear ~*~smile~*~

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    Yep, what they said - go for it!
  5. Audreysmama

    Audreysmama Active Member

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    Chris,
    You need to get those plants in the ground now. I would wait to plant lettuce until it gets a bit more cool or closer towards fall (August maybe?) YOu can plant cuke and beans now, not sure if you have enough time for melon seeds and cabbage and broccoli I have no idea about. I have a pretty large garden for my yard and love it. Feel free to ask any questions.
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    Claire Berry New Member

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    I just planted some, so we'll see!

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