You can still plant in July!

Think it's too late to plant in your garden? It's not!

GARDENING

Anne Temple

6/30/20226 min read

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!

Arugula

Arugula is a great fall crop that will add a spicy, mustard-like flavor to soups, salads, and sandwiches. Arugula can be ready to harvest in as little as 4 weeks. It also repels aphids and wild birds!

Asian Greens

Asian Greens, like Bok Choy and Green Tatsoi, are a great addition to a fall garden. Some are sweet and milk, while others have a mustardy kick. Tatsoi is also a vitamin-packed wonder to add to your diet.

Beets

Beets, like most root vegetables, should be planted directly in the garden. You won't have to wait long for these tasty treats as you can harvest the leaves as well as the root. The root can be harvested when small as well.

Broccoli

Broccoli is a great plant for a fall harvest as once the heat of summer hits, spring plantings tend to bolt. Broccoli also keeps well with minimal prep in your freezer so you can enjoy it all winter long.

Bush Beans

If you want a fall crop of beans, then bush beans are your best bet as pole beans require a longer season to produce. Dragon Tongue Beans are quick to produce, delicious and beautiful to look at!

Cabbage

Cabbage, another brassica like broccoli are cool weather crops that do best in spring and fall plantings. You can make so many good things with cabbage, coleslaw, saurkraut and as an addition to soups.

Carrots

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!

Cauliflower

July is a great time to start your seedlings indoors for a fall harvest. Cauliflower can tolerate very cold temps but isn't too fond of the heat.

Cucumbers

July is a great time to plant cucumbers as they need the soil temperature to be at least 65°. Cucumbers like to be trellised to keep the fruits off the ground.

Chard

Chard loves the cool weather and there are so many varieties to choose from! Chard even tastes better after some cool nights, so plants some seeds now!

Cilantro

Cilantro may be an acquired taste for some, but this herb loves cooler weather and shorter days. This herb can be planted in pots and moved indoors if the weather becomes too cool. Great for salsas and Mexican dishes!

Kale

Kale is a nutritional powerhouse actually prefers the cooler weather and will taste better after a couple of frosts as the starches in the plant turn to sugar. There are so many varieties to plant so go wild!

Lettuce

Lettuce can be sown every 2 weeks during the season for a continual harvest. In the heat of the summer, some of your plants will bolt causing the leaves to taste bitter. You can save a couple of bolted plants for seed.

Mustard Greens

If you've never had mustard greens you should give them a try! They are easy to go and are a great addition to salads and stir-fries. They can also be grown as micro-greens for a peppery addition to salads.

Peas

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.

Radishes

Radishes are a very easy vegetable to grow and you will see results quickly. Did you know that radishes are a great pre-biotic? That means they help feed your probiotics and help keep you healthy.

Rutabagas

Rutabagas are not something most gardeners grow but they should! YOu can grill, mash, roast, steam and fry them. These root crops can stay in the ground after the first frost making them even tastier! They are a cross between turnips and cabbage. Give them a try!

Sorrel

Sorrel is an easy-to-grow plant with a lot of Vitamin C and a lemony flavor. One of the great things about growing sorrel is it is a perennial, so plant it once and keep harvesting year after year. A great addition to salads, soups, and savory pies.

Spinach

Spinach is one of those crops that are always better as a spring and fall crop as it doesn't do well in the heat of summer. Start the seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before your first frost.

Turnips

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!