What? I can plant new vegetables in July?
Yes! For the first several years we had a garden, I didn’t realise there are plants I can start in July. By July it’s so hot here I didn’t give a thought to being able to start new plants.
In most parts of the country, there are vegetables that are heat tolerant and you can start in July.
You may need to consult this chart to discover your gardening “zone”. I am in zone 7B. Find your zone to determine if you can start these same vegetables in July.
When you plant in July, you want vegetables that mature quickly – so check that the plants you choose will mature in 90 days or less. Otherwise it might get too cold before you get to enjoy your work.
Here are your July vegetables:
Beans are always one of our best producers; I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me until this year to continue planting all summer. You can direct sow (plant the seeds into the garden instead of starting indoors) beans into August, and harvest frequently to ensure the crop keeps producing.
One of the most nutritious veggies you can grow, broccoli is a home-gardening favorite. Start your broccoli seeds indoors using a seed starting mix, and transplant to the garden in September. Doing so will give your broccoli the longest growing season possible. My sister grows her broccoli in a greenhouse during the colder weather.
This variety – Broccoli, Sun King Hybrid – works great for planting in the heat. From the Burpee website: (no affiliate links here)
Tight blue-green heads stand up against the heat of summer.
Attractive blue-green heads sit ready to harvest through the heat and sweeten more when kissed by fall frosts. Well leafed plants yield these 6-8″ diameter heads and 5-10 1″ side shoots as well. GARDEN HINTS: For earlier harvest, sow seeds indoors in a sunny spot or under plant lights 6 to 8 weeks before outdoor planting date- this works for both the spring and fall!
Cabbage is another plant you can start indoors in July and transplant to the garden in September. Just as with the broccoli and cauliflower, you can buy plants in September or you can start your own today!
This Burpee variety – Earliana – matures in just 60 days! It also survives a light frost so will produce for you for a long time.
I also like these little cabbages from Burpee – Sweetheart Lettage, Caraflex Hybrid. You can use them like lettuce and they keep for up to 10 weeks!
Carrots will continue to grow until the ground freezes. They typically are ready to harvest in 75 days.
Cauliflower is another fall vegetable to start indoors in July. Just as with your broccoli, start your cauliflower seeds indoors using a seed starting mix, and transplant to your garden in September.
This Burpee variety – Flame Star Hybrid – works will in the heat.
Did you know some people don’t like cilantro? To some it tastes like soap. I love it but.. it bolts quickly. Plant cilantro in the shade every 3 weeks to continue harvesting all summer.
Most varieties mature in 50-ish days so there is still time to start cucumbers. Plant the cucumbers in the same trellis where you put your peas when it gets too hot for the peas.
I love squash; my husband – not so much. And squash plants take up a lot of room in the garden. AND the first few years my crop was devastated by the dreaded squash bug.
So now I wait until July to plant which is after the squash bug life cycle. Direct sow squash seeds now through the middle of August, and expect to harvest in about 7 weeks.
I frequently grow squash in containers so they don’t take over the whole bed.
Swiss Chard matures in only 60 days. The summer heat won’t wilt it! I first starting using this when I got the leftovers from our Saturday Farmers Market and now we grow it!