Vegetables to Sow in July

One thing I’m really bad at when it comes to gardening is forward planning. And, yes – this is rather an issue when you’re trying to establish a Market Farm Garden. When it comes to vegetables the most important date for your calendar is the harvesting date. You can then work backwards from this, taking into account the seasonal, usual weather fluctuations etc to work out when you should sow. So much of running a kitchen garden puts the focus on all those early spring sowings when, in fact, you can sow various crops throughout the year.

Just a few of seeds I’m preparing to germinate this month.

July is a great time to think about sowing some new veggies. The earth is warm and the days are long, so not only will seeds germinate faster but  you’ll have extra time to get out into the garden to weed, water and watch those babies grow. It’s also a time when you might’ve already harvested some crops and, as a result, have some free space. For example, my broad beans are dug up, half of my carrots have been harvested, and my onions and garlic are beginning to go over so I’ll pull them up and put them out to dry this weekend. Suddenly there’s all this space in your veggie patch for new goodies, so it’s important not to waste it.

Grow for THIS year

Luckily, there are still many delicious vegetables that have a quick enough growing time that you’ll be harvesting this year. For example, I’m still sowing carrots and radishes every few weeks. Though most carrots should be sown by August at the latest, it’s worth shoving a few extra seeds in if you have space because a) if you get a mild autumn they’ll keep growing and b) tiny carrots are delicious too.

This is also a great time to put in lettuces and spinach. If I put mine in too early in the year I find they bolt quickly. That’s what hot, dry long summer days do; encourage these plants to flower. You can keep the crops as well watered as possible but I always find they bolt quickly. However, by sowing now you’ll have crops growing as the weather begins to cool and it’s easier to stop them from going to seed. In the case of spinach, you may be able to get yummy leaves all through the winter if you give enough protection in bitter temperatures. Chards, salads and even beets if you’re growing for the leaves, are also ideal.

Grow for NEXT year

Now, this is the part I’m not so good at, and it means that when March and April arrive, there’s hardly anything to harvest. To ensure there is, I’m starting off some cabbages, broccoli and pak choi. It’s worth noting that spinach, too, can survive the winter and can be thought of as a crop for the following season.

So, with these long summer days, I have PLENTY to keep me going, what with harvesting and then re-sowing into the same bed. By using raised beds with lots of great compost, I’m simply germinated direct into the same soil that crops have already been growing in. But, if that’s something you can’t do, re-enrich the area with some good multipurpose compost and looking forward to autumn, winter and spring crops ahead.

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