Friday, July 22, 2016

Gardening in mid-late Summer

Despite what many people think, July is definitely not too late to start planting vegetables. July is also a good month to put in a second (or third) sowing of certain crops such as carrots, beans and leafy greens. 

It is also the perfect time to start planning the fall vegetable garden -- fall will be here before you know it!
- The Urban Gardener


Here are some plants that will thrive being planted in the middle of July.  Information below found via organicgardening.about.com.


Beans
Start planting both bush and pole beans now that the soil and air are warmed up. Try a continual 7-10 day sowing of different varieties. This will give you continual bean crops and not one large harvest with wasted crop.
Suggested variety: ContenderKentucky WonderTopcrop


Broccoli 
Broccoli can be planted in the fall to produce a crop well into November.
Suggested variety: Calabrese


Carrots 
Planting carrots by mid-July yields a fall crop that will keep in the garden until used.
Suggested variety: Scarlet Nantes


Corn
One of the most rewarding and fast growing crops to grow. Corn is delicious when cooked only minutes after being pulled off the stalk. Try a small plot of corn, working your way to a large field of several varieties. Last practical date to plant any corn variety is the first week in July. Must plant an early maturing corn variety.
Suggested variety: BodaciousSugar BunsEarly Golden Bantam


Cucumbers
Fast growing vine or bush cucumber plants can produce an abundance of cucumber fruits. Be careful to pick a variety for the space you have in your garden. Vine cucumbers can be the best tasting but need far more space than bush varieties.
Suggest variety: Spacemaster 80MuncherMarketmore 76


Kale 
Planting kale mid-July through mid-August will yield an excellent harvest in the fall and winter. Suggested variety: Dwarf Blue



























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