Make the most out of your vegetable garden this season: employ succession planting. As you open up space from harvesting one vegetable, you can plant another vegetable in order to keep producing as the season progresses. It is a great way to provide a steady yield, instead of just having everything be ready at the same time.
Lettuce and salad greens often succumb to the heat of the summer and become bitter, so that space can be opened for another round of cucumbers or squash if you plant short season varieties. Garlic is ready to pick in mid to late July. Replenishing the soil with a good compost and covering the bed with mulch will get it ready for a mid to late August planting of snap peas, lettuce or other cooler weather crop.