Planting in July: Boost Your Growing Season

While May through June is the ideal time to plant flowers and vegetables in the garden, nothing is stopping you from planting in July. 

Provided you are willing to water frequently, you can boost your growing season by making a couple last minute additions to the gardens. Your garden is an integral part of your home’s landscape; why not make it the best it can be?


Flowers for New Growth Next Year

For many flowers, July is the peak of growth and blooms. Take advantage of this with geraniums and take cuttings to start new plants for indoor winter blooms. According to hunker.com, July is also a great time to dig, divide, and replant iris for increased blooms next year. You can plant chrysanthemums and asters in July to provide fall bloom and healthy parent plants for next spring. Lastly, short season annuals like pansies can fill in empty spots of the garden as spring blooms die.

 

Vegetables and Herbs for Quick Harvest

Root vegetables are a great option for July planting because they can withstand frost and snow - in fact it makes them sweeter! Try beets, carrots, rutabaga, kohlrabi, and radishes. Radishes have a short growing season, so it is recommended to plant in spring, early summer, and mid summer for a crop that keeps on giving. 

According to thespruce.com, another easy addition to the gardens in July are herbs. Basil, cilantro, and parsley all have short enough growing seasons that they will yield in late September if you plant in July. Just remember to water herbs as the heat of summer sets in!

 

It is not too late to plant flowers and vegetables to enjoy in the gardens at home! Planting in July can boost your growing season well through late fall. Pick up some seeds today and get outside to plant!