8 Best Crops You Can Plant In July, Early August And Still Get A Big Harvest

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8 Best Crops You Can Plant In July / Early August And Still Get A Big Harvest

8 Best Crops You Can Plant In July, Early August And Still Get A Big Harvest

You may be thinking you have missed the boat in regards to planting veggies this year. well, I have some good news… you haven’t. In fact, there are 8 bumper crops that you can plant now, in July, even with the blistering heat, to give you a bumper crop come the fall.

I am an avid backyard gardener and even I didn’t know of a few on the list. Below you will find 8 best crops to plant right now (if you ae reading this in July) Don’t delay, get your hands dirty and plant those seeds / plants.

Summer Squash

Summer squash (also known as vegetable or Italian marrow), is a tender, warm-season vegetable that can be grown throughout the United States anytime during the warm, frost-free season. Summer squash differs from fall and winter squash in that it is selected to be harvested before the rind hardens and the fruit matures. It grows on bush-type plants that do not spread like the plants of fall and winter squash and pumpkin. A few healthy and well-maintained plants produce abundant yields.


Cucumbers are a warm-season vegetable planted outside in the ground no earlier than 2 weeks after last spring frost date. Most varieties will grow in any amount of space, thanks to the plant’s ability to climb. The most common varieties of slicing cucumbers grow on vigorous vines shaded by large leaves. The growth of these plants is fast, and the crop yield is abundant if you care for them properly. Cucumbers will do well if planted in July.


Growing onions are simple: If you can poke a hole into the ground, you can grow an onion from a little plant. Many of our onion varieties are sold as little seedlings in bare-root bundles rather than as plants in biodegradable pots; each plant will start growing within days after you plant. If you can’t plant your onions right away, remove their bindings and place them in a bucket with 2 inches of moist soil in the bottom. Keep them in a cool, bright place but out of direct sun until you are ready to plant. A sunny basement is ideal.


Leeks need two things to thrive: lots of nitrogen and consistent soil moisture. If possible, add compost or organic fertilizer to the leek bed the season prior to planting. Otherwise, work makes a point to work organic matter into the ground a few days before planting.


Kale can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you will cook it by steaming. The fiber-related components in kale do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they’ve been steamed. When this binding process takes place, it’s easier for bile acids to be excreted, and the result is a lowering of your cholesterol levels. Raw kale still has cholesterol-lowering ability—just not as much.


Lettuce is a cultivated plant of the daisy family, with edible leaves that are a usual ingredient of salads. Many varieties of lettuce have been developed with a range of form, texture, and color. lettuce grows really well towards fall, plant now and keep the soil moist to get the best tasting lettuce.

Fall Peas

Peas in fall, you ask? Why, yes, if your first frost date is still at least two months away like ours. Peas may be the proverbial spring vegetable, but they are also well-suited for late summer plantings to mature in early fall, given that they are a vegetable that prefers cooler weather.

Green Beans

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“Pick Me,” watercolor, 8” x 8.” Working on this painting was a walk down memory lane. When I was a kid we had a huge vegetable garden in our back yard. We planted it mostly by seed every year on Memorial Day weekend listening to the Indianapolis 500 on a transistor radio. Living in Indiana, the race was blocked out on television. If you didn’t go in person, radio was your only option. We always planted 2 or 3 rows of green beans, the bush variety. I enjoyed planting the garden, but my least favorite tasks were weeding and picking the green beans. They were hard to find camouflaged amongst the leaves. Hunched over rifling through rows of beans for an hour in the blaring sun, I couldn’t wait for it be over. Then of course I had to clean the things to be ready for dinner! I’m amazed as much as hated doing these chores, they are one of my favorite vegetables. My childhood summers were spent mostly exploring outside, going on endless bike rides, and reading. I dreaded the inventible orders from my mom to do those gardening chores. However, now I’m grateful for the experience and love doing it now. My mom instilled a love of plants and gardening in me at an early age. Something I treasure to this day. The reference for this little painting of pole beans climbing up bamboo was taken at Connor Prairie, a living history museum north of Indianapolis. Whenever we went to visit my mom and dad we enjoyed going there. That particular day was the last outing my daughter and I had with my mom before she passed. Working on this painting flooded me with memories, and time spent with my mom in and out of the garden. This painting is part of the “Creative Confinement Challenge,” that will be posted on the Florida Watercolor Society’s web site soon. All show fee proceeds go toward our 2020 Healing Arts Award in this year’s Annual Exhibition. #connorprairie #greenbeans #kimminichiello #watercolor #watercolour #aquarelle #acquerello #buyartnow #artforsale #newworkwednesday #watercolor_art #watercolor_daily #watercolorartist #watercolorpainting #covidart #realismtoday @watercolorfamily @amwomenartists @americanwatercolor @artsavoirfaire @watercolorartistmag

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Green beans, also known as string beans, or snap beans in the northeastern and western United States, are the unripe fruit and protective pods of various cultivars of the common bean. If planted in July you can expect a bumper crop come the fall. These are hardy little plants so don’t be shy about planting a few plants to add a nutritious veggie to your dish later in the year.

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