Vegetables and Herbs to Plant in July
In midsummer, July, there are still many vegetables and herbs that can be planted for a fall harvest. Salad crops and leafy herbs, spring cabbage and fall root crops.
Arugula germinates rapidly and can be ready for harvest within a mopnth, it's an idela crop for impatient gardeners.
Broccoli from starts or transplants, not seeds, can produce a tasty crop before the first hard frost. It needs persistent moisture so water it well.
Bush beans can still be planted for a quick harvest, choose a variety that will be mature in about 45 days. Bush beans are best for late season sewing but Pole beans, well ... if you insist, you could get lucky, but no later than mid july.
Cabbage being sewn for a spring harvest can be planted in succession in northern gardens, a few at a time to allow for a continous harvest come spring.
Carrots planted by mid July can yield a fall crop that will keep in the winter garden until ready for use.
Collard greens taste best grown in the cool weather, spring and fall. They will endure summer heat but they suffer for it. They will however hang in there during summer heat.
Corn: The latest possible timeframe for planting any corn variety is the first week in July. An early maturing variety such as Seneca Horizon, early bantam, early sunglow, Earlivee, is advisable.
Cucumbers: If you have ample space available you can still fit in some rapidly maturing cukes. Bush Crop grows on dwarf bushy plants and is ready in as little as 55 days. Lucky Strikes will light up your fall garden as they rapidly mature with tasty cukes in as little as 52 days. Spacemaster, and Calypso are more rapidly maturing varieties.
Kale: Planted even as late as mid August can still yield an enviable crop in Autumn and even well into the winter months.
Parsley can be planted in July to produce fresh parsley even durring the winter months in the right zones, if you play your cards right. A location sheltered from winters frosty breath is advisable, cloches or cold frames once the temperature dip wouldn't hurt either. Planted too early it has a tendency to bolt to seed in hot weather which is not an issue in cooler weather.
Spinach can produce well into fall, but doesn't fare well in very hot weather, so planted in July will leave you with a fall spinach harvest.
July Vegetable Garden to Do List
1. Mulch to conserve moisture in the right location, location, location and of course don't forget to water, water, water.
2. In warmer regions it may just too darn hot to plant more vegetables this month. If that's the case, consider planting a quick cover crop, to protect and feed the soil.
3. Avoid fertilizing durring extended hot dry spells, it will stress the plants and diminish quality.
4. Clean off harvested rows asap to prevent pest and disease accumulations. Prune fruits and berries, each variety has it's own requirements so excercise due dilligence.
5. Certain pests such as Tomato horn worms, Spider mites, Japanese beetles and thrips are on the prowl keep your eye peeled for suspicous activity. Other pest such as aphids and other sap sucking insects are still here, ans the stress they can inflict on plants is multiplied due to the heat.
5. Weeds can become cumbersome and overbearing July. Try to stay on top of them before they get ahead of you, they'll easily commandeer your garden. There are various weed control techniques for various terrains and situations.
6. Start planning your Fall Vegetable Gardens.