It's Not Too Late to Grow These 11 Tasty Plants

Didn't plant those tomatoes? Say hello to your fall friends: radishes, broccoli, greens and more! 

It may be mid-July, but that doesn't mean you've missed out on all the gardening fun. These tasty veggies and herbs are just the thing for a late-summer garden that will keep on giving come autumn. Get our best tips for these late-summer specialties, below.

Beans

Climbing Runner Beans

Climbing Runner Beans

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DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Carrots

Carrots Make Great Summer Snacks

Carrots Make Great Summer Snacks

Sow carrots in early spring for summer harvest.

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2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Corn

Fresh Sweet Corn on the Cob

Fresh Sweet Corn on the Cob

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DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Basil

Basil 'Eleonora'

Basil 'Eleonora'

This basil, 'Eleonora,' has intermediate resistance to downy mildew and a spicier flavor than most pesto-type basils.

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Courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds

Broccoli

Broccoli has a beauty all its own.

Broccoli has a beauty all its own.

Broccoli has a beauty all its own.

Turnips

Snowball Turnips Can be Enjoyed Raw or Cooked

Snowball Turnips Can be Enjoyed Raw or Cooked

Snowball turnips are a first class white, globe turnip. Early, juicy and sweet flavored, will yield a good supply from early summer to early winter, and the tops make most nutritious and tasty greens.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cucumbers

Ridge cucumbers are cultivars that are grown in ridges or hills. These are grown without support and allowed to ramble. They have tough skins and small spines.

Ridge cucumbers are cultivars that are grown in ridges or hills. These are grown without support and allowed to ramble. They have tough skins and small spines.

Ridge cucumbers are cultivars that are grown in ridges or hills. These are grown without support and allowed to ramble. They have tough skins and small spines.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Kale

Colorful Kale Varieties Attractive in Winter

Colorful Kale Varieties Attractive in Winter

Kale is a cool season biennial that is grown as an annual and is harvested for its tender foliage, plus its colorful addition to the garden. Reliable and quick to harvest, growing kale is relatively easy, because cold weather does not bother it.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Beets

Pablo Baby Beets Good Variety for Patio Container

Pablo Baby Beets Good Variety for Patio Container

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DK - Vegetable Gardening , 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Parsley

Parsley Grown for Fresh Garnish and Culinary Uses

Parsley Grown for Fresh Garnish and Culinary Uses

Petroselinum crispum, or parsley, is a biennial herb with strongly aromatic, dark green leaves, and small yellow green flowers in summer. Used fresh as garnish and dried in dishes.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Radishes

Quick Pick Radishes While Small and Sweet

Quick Pick Radishes While Small and Sweet

Pick summer radishes all together as they will quickly run to seed if left in the soil. Harvest while they are small and sweet. Sow frequently to maintain a supply.

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2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Get Rid of These 16 Garden Pests

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Red Spider Mites

The tiny mites live under leaves and suck sap, causing yellow mottling. Fine webs are sometimes visible. Raise humidity and use a biological control under glass. Otherwise try organic sprays.

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Gall Mites

These microscopic mites suck sap and cause abnormal growths. These include raised pimples or clumps of matted hairs on leaves, or enlarged buds. Most are harmless and can be tolerated.

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Leaf Miner Damage

The larvae of various flies, moths, sawflies and beetles feed within the leaves, creating discolored blotches or surface trails. Most leaf miner damage is relatively harmless and can be left untreated.

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Box Sucker

The wingless nymphs of box psyllids are covered in a waxy coat, and found inside the ball-shaped shoot tips in spring. Control the pest by cutting off affected growth; discard.

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Codling Moth

To avoid maggots in apples, spray emerging caterpillars twice using bifenthrin, starting in midsummer. Also hang pheromone traps in late spring to catch male moths and prevent them from mating.

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Winter Moth

In spring, the leaves of fruit trees are webbed together and hide green caterpillars inside. Holes are visible when leaves expand. Apply sticky traps to capture adult moths.

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Scale Insects

Tiny blister or shell-like bumps on leaf backs result in poor growth. Other symptoms are sticky excretions and sooty mold on evergreens. Wash off mold, and spray with horticultural oil.

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Whitefly

Under glass, hang yellow sticky pads to trap the tiny white flying adults, which suck sap from plants; use a biological control (Encarsia wasp) on larvae or spray with organic chemical controls.

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Viburnum Beetle

Both the adults and larvae eat holes in the leaves, mainly on Viburnum tinus and V. opulus; this can slow growth and looks unsightly. Spray badly affected plants in spring with bifenthrin or thiacloprid.

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Thrip

This tiny black sap-sucker, known as "thunder fly," cause white patches on the petals and leaves of indoor plants, and also peas, leeks, onions and gladioli. Use biological controls.

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Vine weevil Larvae

Small cream grubs with a brown head feed on plant roots, especially those growing in containers or with fleshy roots. This can cause plants to suddenly collapse.

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Adult Vine Weevil

The adult beetle is nocturnal, flightless and makes notches in leaves. Use a biological control (nematodes).

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Cabbage White Caterpillars

These voracious eaters decimate brassicas and nasturtiums. Rub off egg clusters and pick off any caterpillars you find.

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Tomato Moth

The tomato moth damages fruits. Pick off any caterpillars you find.

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Sawfly Larvae

The caterpillar-like larvae devour the foliage on plants such as roses, gooseberries and Solomon's seal.

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Sawfly Damage

Leaf rolling is usually the first sign of sawflies. Pick caterpillars off by hand or spray with bifenthrin or pyrethrum.

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Woolly Beech Aphid

Seen in early summer, these white fluffy aphids coat shoots and the undersides of leaves. They suck sap and excrete honeydew that supports black sooty mold.

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Earwig

Mostly beneficial, earwigs are nocturnal and feed on dahlia, chrysanthemum and clematis flowers. Lure them into upturned flower pots filled with straw and release them elsewhere.

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