What can you plant in July and still get a harvest? There are plenty of warm-season veggies that you can plant in July and still get a harvest by fall. Today’s post is intended for those of you living in Zones 4 to 6 and maybe even Zone 7.
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This post will answer the question, what can you plant in July? Where we live the weather in July is rough. We often have 10 or more days with temperatures over 100 with almost all the days over 90. Whew! That’s not the best planting weather. But if you live in USDA zones 5 and 6 there are still some things you can be planting this time of year.
Let me start out by giving you a quick link. This post is meant for those of you living mainly in Garden Zones 5 to 6. If you don’t know what your garden zone is, follow this link to find out!
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Look around your garden, are there some empty spots? Maybe a spot where the plants didn’t make it, or maybe you have cleared out some veggies already. You can still take advantage of all the warm weather by filling those spots with new plantings!
What can you plant in July?
We always have a big empty spot where our peas were planted. Peas are done here by July 1st and ready to come out. A lot of this space will just sit empty for 30 days waiting for the first of the fall carrot & spinach plantings in August. But we always try to plant some bush beans in at least part of the pea beds. Also, the spring lettuce beds are also empty and bush beans can also be planted there.
So what can you plant in July and still expect to get a harvest?
An early to mid-July planting of Zucchini, Crookneck or Patty Pan squash should still produce some fruit by the end of the season. The harvest you should expect will be smaller than you would have gotten if the plants went in during the month of May. But you can still have a good harvest from mid-September until the frost freezes your plants in October.
In fact, if you struggle with powdery mildew in your garden, a July planting of any of these summer squashes may be just the thing your harvest basket needs. When your spring-planted squashes start to fall to the powdery mildew, your July plants will just be kicking in!! Here’s our growing guide for summer squash.
A second planting of cucumbers this time of year will yield a small early fall crop. It is never a bad idea to plant some extra cucumbers.
Doesn’t it always seem like Cucumber plants kind of “burn themselves out”? My plants always seem to start fading in late August. This year try an early July planting of cucumbers. Those fresh plants will start producing in early September and will help to build your fall harvest! Don’t forget to grow them on a trellis.
If you can find them at a nursery, you can still get onion sets in the ground. They WILL NOT bulb up so you will only get green onions.
Plant them deep (3 inches) and close together to save space. These can last well into the fall and help supply your meals with fresh green onions! Learn more about growing onions here.
July planted kale from either starts or seeds will yield a great fall and even winter crop. You will want to wait to harvest this planting of kale until the fall really settles in and you have had 2 or 3 frosty nights. The frost will help sweeten the kale and improve its taste. But if you want fall kale, you need to get it planted now! Learn why growing Kale in the fall is better!
Summer Crisp lettuces
Summer varieties of lettuce will do great in July and August and seeds can be planted directly in the garden. Just be sure to keep the seeds moist till they germinate and get established. Most summer lettuce varieties resist bolting and tip burn. I love doing this as it gives me a very early crop of lettuce so that we can have fresh garden salads, garnished with fresh tomatoes!! If you would like to learn more about Summer Crisp Lettuces you can follow this link to a post specifically about these summer goodies!!
Be sure to plant some fall peas, either snow peas or shelling peas. These need to go in around July 15th and will be ready in mid-October. I have found that snow peas do particularly well in the fall. If you get your peas planted in mid-July you can have a decent harvest in late fall. Just keep in mind, in areas where you have hot summers and short falls, peas don’t do as well in the fall as they would in the spring. Expect 1/2 the harvest in the fall as you would get from the same number of plants in the spring. Learn more about growing peas in the fall (including when to plant in your area) by following this link!
Green beans have a surprisingly short growing time. This is particularly true of the bush varieties. Many varieties of bush beans have a maturity date of only 60 to 70 days. That means a planting early in July will be ready to go no later than mid-September, and if you have a late first frost date even a planting at the end of July will still give you a great harvest!! Want to learn more about growing beans? Read my growing guide here!
Midsummer is a great time to get started on a fall planting of leeks. If you live in a mild winter area then you may be able to get a harvest by planting seeds directly in the garden. In areas where winter arrives early, you may want to try and get a hold of some seedlings to plant, or try planting some of your own indoors and then transplanting them out in 6 weeks.
It’s not too early to be thinking about fall crops, a mid-July planting of broccoli (especially sprouting broccoli) will do well. You could also get an early jump on your fall plantings of beets, turnips or even carrots.
The important thing to remember about any planting in July is that the weather (think heat) is very rough on newly sprouted seedlings. You will want to give anything you have planted in July lots of extra attention and be sure to water them often. For the first few weeks maybe even daily watering will be required.
So if you have some empty spots in your garden or if you had one of those springs and didn’t get anything planted it’s still not too late to get some seeds in the ground! Now you know what can you plant in July and still get a harvest!
What can you plant in July? Anything I missed? What have you had success with planting in July? Leave a comment!!