*The following information is designed for a temperate southern hemisphere garden – In particular it is designed for a Melbourne garden. This is meant as a general guide, indicating the type of things I plant, sow and harvest. If you have had success with doing things differently then I would love to hear from you and I can update these pages accordingly.*
The days are slowly getting longer, you and I might not notice it much but the plants do and I always think they look pleased.
I don’t tend to do a lot of planting in July -its not the best month for it and I’ve generally run out of room anyway. July is my planning month – working out what should go where for spring and summer planting, and by default where next winters crops will go.
Seeds to Sow:
These are the seeds you could consider sowing in July:
Beetroot *, Carrots*, Cabbage, Chervil, Garlic, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Onions, Peas, Potatoes, Radish, Rocket, Shallots, Silverbeet*, Spinach, Spring Onions
Tomato and Strawberry seeds can be sown undercover.
*Towards the end of the month
Seedlings to plant out:
Broccoli*, Cabbage*, Cauliflower*, Leeks, Lettuce, Parsley, Silver Beet, Spinach, Strawberries, Watercress
*Dependent on variety
Garden maintenance to perform:
- Order seed for winter-spring sowing – especially if you plan to sow tomatoes etc under cover in July/August.
- Protect any tender perennial plants that may not like the cold.
- Tidy up before the Spring growth spurt.
- Prune Tamarillo.
- Plan for spring and summer planting.
Seasonal Plants Harvesting now:
Broccoli, Cauliflower, Capsicum(last few), Citrus, Chillies (last few), Tamarillos, Watercress
The following plants should be able to be harvested all year round if planted in succession throughout their growing seasons:
Broccoli (but it is very susceptible to pests during the warmer months), Beetroot, Carrots, Celery, Chervil, Dill, Lettuce, Mint, Parsley, Radish, Sage, Silver Beet, Spring Onion, Thyme