Did you get a late start to your garden this year? No worries! This July planting list will go through all of the crops that you can get started in your garden in July if you live in Zones 7 & 8!
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This article is specifically for those of you living in zones 7 & 8. If you aren’t sure what your garden zone is you can follow this link to find out!
Not in zones 7 or 8? Check out our article on zones 3 & 4, 5 & 6, or 9 & 10.
I also filmed a video on Zones 7 and 8 July planting which you can watch below:
July Planting List
Planting in July in Zones 7 and 8 is mostly about replacing lost plants and filling in empty spots. Most of the crops that you will be able to plant this month will be warm-season crops. You are going to be looking at what plants can you still plant and get a harvest before your first frost date. If you aren’t sure what the first frost date is in your area, a quick internet search should give you a rough idea of the date you need to go off of.
As long as you have about 75 days until your first fall frost the crops on this July planting list should all do well in both zones. So let’s get started! Here is my July planting list for Zones 7 & 8!
Green Beans (bush varieties)
Yum! You can still plant green beans in July! You will want to choose bush varieties (as opposed to pole varieties) because they typically have a shorter maturity date (normally 60-70 days) which is perfect for planting this time of year. If you want to learn more about planting beans you can check out my growing guide!
You can still get summer squash planted this time of year! Keep in mind that planting this time of year probably won’t be as plentiful as an earlier planting. However, you should still get a decent sized harvest! Here are my favorite summer squash varieties:
Summer squash is such an easy crop to grow, so I definitely recommend it for first-time gardeners! If you’re having trouble with growing your summer squash check out this article here: Summer Squash Growing Guide
Getting cucumbers started this month will give you a small crop in a few months. It’s definitely worth it to get some extra cucumbers planted!
You could also start planting some of the more heat-tolerant greens for fall harvest. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Swiss Chard
- New Zealand Spinach
July Planting List: Fall transplants (Zone 7)
If you are living in Zone 7 you should also start thinking about getting your fall transplants for the broccoli family started indoors. You want to plant these crops out in your garden about 6 weeks before your first frost, so you need to get them started indoors around 6 to 8 weeks before that. Figure out what the first frost date is in your area so that you can get them started at the right time!
We love broccoli around here! We freeze all of our extra broccoli each year so that we can enjoy broccoli from our garden year-round!
Getting some kale started indoors is a great idea for July! In my opinion, kale tastes better when it’s grown in cooler temperatures, so starting it indoors for a fall harvest is a great idea for this month!
We love Brussels Sprouts, but our kids definitely don’t! So, if we grow them we don’t plant too many.
Here are some other ideas of crops you can get started indoors this month:
If you have never started crops indoors before you can check out my free video course on seed starting here: Seed Starting Basics
I hope you enjoyed this July planting list! Is there anything I missed? Let me know what you are planning on planting in your garden this month!
Rick, something is eating my chard and beet greens. I have looked all around the leaves and cannot find anything that could be doing it. I do have a few ants in the bed, but I sprinkled cinnamon around the plants, but that didn’t seem to make any difference. All of my new sprouting chard and beet leaves are being eaten down to the ground. I have a very fine mesh covering the raised (off the ground) bed. Any ideas??? Please help.
Could you send a photo? I might be able to help better if I could see the damage.
Send it to email@example.com
If an open bed, sure sounds like a rabbit or ground squirrel. If happening at night, a pack rat could be the culprit. After having this happen to me too many times I bought a trail camera and i saw the culprit..you may wanna do same.
This happened to me. It turned out to be earwigs. I put out traps…small containers with cheap cooking oil and soy sauce and tuna oil. The first night I trapped about 50 in one 4×8 raised bed!
It is almost July. I live in zone 7a and I want to put in some new veggies in my garden. I was wondering if you were suggesting starting bush beans, summer squash, cukes,and collards from
seeds or plants.
From seeds is fine if you have the space.
I saw 👀 collards! How bout turnips? Zone 7a
July is a little early for them in zone 7a. Get them planted about 8 weeks before your first frost.