In summer, summer residents begin to harvest the first harvest, and pamper themselves with new potatoes, juicy salad, and fresh herbs. There are beds free from cultivated plants and empty land. Therefore, gardeners are wondering if it is possible to plant in July. It turns out you can! But not everything.
Is it useless to plant something or can I still make it and get some nice harvest?
In July, fast-growing vegetables are sown and potatoes are planted to re-harvest in summer or late autumn. The conditions for planting and growing a second crop of potatoes are not that difficult.
When re-planting potatoes, you should take into account the climatic zone in which you live. For the southern regions, it is realistic to re-grow a full-fledged crop. But those who are to the north should not be upset either: they will have time to feast on new potatoes.
For planting potatoes in the summer months, early varieties with a short vegetative period and increased resistance to various diseases are chosen. Seeds are recommended to be treated for phytophthora.
Potatoes left over from last year’s harvest are usually used as planting material. Southerners practice sprouting seed potatoes from a fresh harvest if time permits. Potatoes are planted in July in the beds vacated after digging the first crop, or in the place where early vegetables and greens used to grow. In the northern regions, the highest (warmest) areas in the garden should be chosen for re-planting potatoes.
The soil must be fertilized before or at the time of planting the seed potatoes with rotted manure or compost. If the summer turned out to be dry, the beds will have to be watered. For better moisture retention, it is advised to mulch with straw or moss.
You should be prepared to deal with Colorado potato beetles: they can pounce on young shoots when the old tops begin to fade. If necessary, treat plants from phytophthora.
What crops can be planted in the middle of summer?
Plant beets in July. At the end of the season, you can use the young beet leaves for food, and harvest in late autumn. In the second month of summer, zucchini is sown. So you will have young zucchini for a long time.
Carrots and parsnips are sown in July. With proper crop rotation and good feeding, a wonderful harvest of root crops is harvested in the fall. Onions are planted in summer. If you plant onions at this time, then you can have a green feather at the table at the end of summer and autumn.
Also, you can sow radishes in the middle of summer. If you sow black radish and daikon in July, then in the fall you can harvest a new crop. Radishes can be planted on fertilized beds 1-2 times a month. In July, you can sow dill and parsley. To constantly have fresh herbs in the kitchen, it is enough to sow dill seeds in the garden 1-2 times a month. Parsley sprouts in two weeks.
In the summer you need to sow lettuce. Lettuce takes 30 days to grow. Just remember to thin it out and water it in time. Watercress grows in two weeks. Spinach sprouts in July. To enjoy fresh spinach leaves during the summer, it is necessary to sow new seeds in the soil after 1-2 weeks.
It is advised to plant arugula in the summer. Arugula seeds germinate quickly, and you can use the fresh leaves of the plant in salads all summer long. In the south of the country, some housewives grow cucumbers and tomatoes of early ripening varieties, peas, and beans in the second round. Legumes can then be frozen fresh.
When replanting beds, you should follow the rules of crop rotation. Seeds are recommended to pre-soak and germinate. Do not forget to fertilize the soil and regularly water the garden during a drought. Good luck!