You can still plant in July!
Think it's too late to plant in your garden? It's not!
Depending on which zone you live in, July may mean many different things. For some of us, who live further south, harvesting is in full swing and others are just now starting to see their hard work rewarded in fresh organic produce.
You might think you have passed up the opportunity to start a garden, but you still can. We will list some of the plants that you can start in July no matter what zone you live in.
Of course, you will need to know your planting zone and first and last frost dates. You can use the tools at right. We also have a handy Monthly Planting Reminders by Zone that you can add to your calendar which will tell you when you can plant by month.
For example, if we pull up the calendar for Zone 5, you will see that in July you can plant beans, cucumbers, basil, chinese cabbage, turnips, and radishes. Late in the month, you can reseed beets, corn, and brussels sprouts.
You will need to know how many days you have until your last frost date. We have found a great tool to help you. All you need to do is plug in your last frost date and it will tell you how many days you have. You will see that in most zones there is still plenty of time to get growing!
Below is a list of 21 plants that you can start in July for a fall harvest. Some can be direct seeded and some you can start now indoors to plant the seedlings out. Brocolli, cauliflower, and cabbage are cool weather crops, so starting them indoors will give them the best chance, as the heat of summer may prevent the seeds from sprouting. Another nice things about a fall garden is you may have fewer pests on your plants, and that is always a good thing!
Carrots are a great crop that every gardener should grow. They can be planted every 2-3 weeks so you can get a continual harvest. These root crops require loose sandy soil and you will need to thin the plants to get the biggest harvest. You will be amazed at all of the varieties and colors of carrots you can grow!
Peas are another great cool weather crop. With shelling, sugar, and snow pea varieties the hardest part about growing peas may be making a decision on which ones to grow. They like well-composted soil and you will need to trellis them. Shelling peas can be blanched and frozen to provide eating all through the winter.
Another root crop that a lot of gardeners don't grow that should! Turnip are a great addition to soups and salads. They can be roasted and mashed. With properly prepared soil they are fuss-free and don't take up much room. Turnips can be companion planted with peas, cabbage, onion, garlic, and more!