One might think July is a time for harvesting around the garden shed, and maybe prepare everything for autumn, but wait a minute! It is not too late to do some serious sowing. Where ever early cultures like romaine, broad beans, lettuce, or broccoli have been harvested you can find space to sow out new vegetables for harvesting in autumn.
We have selected 10 vegetables for you to sow out in July:
Whenever you search for ingredients for a quick salad around the garden shed, some spring onions will give it the nice spicy taste. Or why not try it with stir fries? You can continue to sow them out in drills in intervals for another few weeks.
Radishes are so quick to mature that you can even continue sowing them out until September. Why not harvest the last ones even after the first frosts on your round through the garden? That’s how they taste best: freshly harvested, quickly washed, and eaten on the spot, maybe during a break on the chair in front of the garden shed. But don’t wait too long because they might get woody if you let them grow too long. And don’t forget the greens. They can be cooked, added to vegetable dishes or a smoothie.
Carrots will sprout quicker and grow a bit faster than they usually do in spring when the weather is hotter in July. They will keep growing until the first heavy frosts. If you sow them in July, you might harvest in September to October. Still, you could also leave them in the ground to harvest in spring or even mid-winter, if you got some heavy tools in your garden shed, like a pickaxe to break through the frozen ground.
You might ask how you could sow cucumbers into the open in July, when so many gardeners pre-grow cucumbers already in late March in the greenhouse or in the frost free garden shed to give them enough time? These are mostly large snake cucumbers to cut into the salad. Smaller forms are used to make pickles from and can still be sown out now.
Legumes, like peas and beans live in a symbiosis with bacteria that can bind nitrogen out of the air. So green beans are a good choice to follow heavy feeders like squash, pumpkins, broccoli, corn, or tomatoes. No need to get your fertilizer out of the garden shed. Most varieties will be ready for picking in 7 to 9 weeks. So you can continue to sow them out in two week intervals until late August.
July is the right time to make your last direct sowings of beets. They are fast-growing. If you want to harvest the edible greens, you can do that already in August. Waiting for the bulbs will take about two months.
Most varieties are so fast-growing that you can have two consecutive harvests of broccoli at the garden shed. This tasty vegetable is as good for salads as for any kind of cooked meal and can even replace cauliflower. However, don’t grow them at the same spot twice in one year. Two months should be enough time to grow from seedling to harvest.
Like some other vegetables, Pak Choi is influenced by the growing or declining day lengths. While those sown in spring will bolt quite quickly, those sown out during decreasing day lengths will last much longer and grow more green.
Many varieties of spinach are frost resistant. So you might go out for a harvest of spinach even when the icicles are already hanging down from the roof of your garden shed. Harvesting is possible from autumn to spring.
Kale is our last choice of veggies to sow out in July because, like spinach it is mostly frost resistant and has a reasonable short growth-period. In fact, you can harvest single leafs for salads, smoothies or cooked meals already before the plants have reached their final size.
As a matter of fact, there are quite a considerable number of vegetables more than these that you can sow out in July. This is true for many collards, like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, Radicchio or Kohlrabi. Swiss chard. arugula, turnip, and lettuce are also still on the sowing list, and some herbs like parsley or dill will also be quick enough to be harvested before the first hard frosts.
Moreover, if you get hold of unsold pepper plants or those of squash and tomatoes, these will thrive in the hot summer climate at the garden shed and will be ready for harvest early enough.
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