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A Guide to Planting Tomatoes, Peppers,
Melons & Squash

It’s the time of year when the days grow longer and the warmth of summer beckons. Gardeners everywhere eagerly anticipate the opportunity to sow seeds and nurture new life in the soil. At Brady Nursery, we're thrilled to share our expertise and passion for gardening. Read on to learn more about planting some of the most beloved and bountiful crops: tomatoes, peppers, melons, and squash.

Tomatoes: Juicy Gems of the Garden

Tomatoes are a staple of home gardens, prized for their versatility, flavor, and nutritional value. Heirloom varieties such as Better Boy, Beefmaster, Celebrity, and Jet Star are bursting with old-fashioned charm. The newest hybrid cultivars are bred for disease resistance and high yields. Whichever you prefer, Brady Nursery has a diverse selection to suit every gardener's preferences.

When it comes to planting tomatoes, timing is key. Wait until all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed to at least 55°F. Then, you can begin transplanting seedlings or sowing seeds directly into the ground. Choose a sunny location with well-drained soil and space plants 36 to 48 inches apart, depending on the variety.

Peppers: Vibrant and Versatile

Peppers come in a dazzling array of shapes, sizes, colors, and heat levels, making them a favorite among gardeners who love to experiment with flavors and culinary creations. From sweet bell peppers to jalapeños to fiery ghost peppers, Brady Nursery offers a wide selection of pepper plants. We have plenty of options to suit every taste and spice tolerance.

Plant seedlings or sow seeds in a warm, sunny location with fertile, well-drained soil to ensure a successful pepper harvest. Pepper plants thrive in temperatures between 70°F and 85°F and require consistent moisture throughout the growing season. Similar to tomatoes, pepper plants should be spaced 24 to 36 inches apart. Also, taller varieties may need support to prevent them from toppling over under the weight of their fruit. Consider adding Fertilome Root Stimulator at planting, then reapplying every 2 weeks for 6 weeks to the soil to enrich the root system.

Melons: Sweet Summer Treats

Few things evoke the essence of summer quite like the sweet, juicy flavor of a perfectly ripe melon. Are you partial to the crisp sweetness of watermelons, the aromatic richness of cantaloupes, or the exotic allure of honeydew? Brady Nursery has an enticing selection of melon plants to satisfy your summer cravings. 

Melons thrive in warm, sunny conditions with fertile, well-drained soil. Plant seedlings or sow seeds directly into the ground once all danger of frost has passed. The soil should also be warmed to at least 70°F by the time of planting. Provide ample space for spreading vines, as melon plants can be prolific growers. Consider using trellises or other supports to keep fruit off the ground and reduce the risk of rotting.

Squash: Abundant and Nutritious

Squash encompasses diverse vegetables, including zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash, and pumpkins. Each is prized for its unique flavor, texture, and culinary versatility. Whether you're craving tender summer squash sautéed with garlic and herbs or hearty winter squash roasted to perfection, Brady Nursery has an impressive selection of squash plants to suit every taste and culinary preference.

To ensure a bountiful squash harvest, plant seedlings or sow seeds in a sunny location with fertile, well-drained soil. Again, wait to plant until all danger of frost has passed. Squash plants are vigorous growers that require ample space to spread. Be sure to provide plenty of room between plants. Consider planting squash in raised beds or mounds to improve soil drainage and encourage healthy root development. 

For all plants, don’t forget to fertilize throughout the growing season to help them grow to their fullest. Also, Blossom End Rot is a common problem for all of these vegetables. To prevent this physiological disorder, we recommend using 1 tespoon of Hi-Yield Calcium Nitrate per plant at planting time. Then a second application should be applied 2 weeks later. Be sure to water thoroughly after each application.

Brady Nursery Knows Vegetables

In conclusion, planting tomatoes, peppers, melons, and squash is a rewarding and enjoyable endeavor. It yields a bounty of delicious and nutritious harvests. Being a family-operated business, Brady Nursery offers customers unique benefits and perspectives. Brady Nursery’s quality and expertise can’t be found at chain stores or big retail outlets with so-called “Garden Centers” within them. Whether a seasoned gardener or a novice enthusiast, Brady Nursery provides the expertise, guidance, and high-quality plants you need. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to enjoy the fruits of your labor all season long!