NASHVILLE - Some types of produce — sweet potatoes, for instance, or pumpkins — are truly fall crops. Planted in summer’s heat and harvested as the year winds down, there’s only one season per calendar year when they’re available. Watermelons are a prime example of a true summer crop; local asparagus is available for only a brief time in early spring.
Most types of produce, however, are merely cool weather or warm weather crops—meaning that as long as the weather conditions are right, they can be planted and thrive, providing harvests over and over. In Tennessee, the growing season typically runs seven to nine months.
Squashes like yellow crookneck and zucchini are called “summer” squashes only to set them apart from hard, or “winter,” squashes like butternut, acorn, patty pan and other true autumn varieties. Summer squash is planted in late spring to be available by early summer, but later plantings make these delicious and easy to use vegetables plentiful right up until frost.