What to Plant in July in Austin, Texas

As you've probably guessed, July is considered a hot season here in the sunny capital of Texas. It's a great time to plant those quintessential summer crops: juicy watermelon that runs down your chin, corn to pop on the grill and slather with butter, and peppers that will bring the heat! (Not like we need any more.... seriously, when does October get here?)

While gardeners in other parts of the country are vining their tomatoes up trellises, don't give into that temptation. It's too hot here for tomatoes to produce much fruit right now. Better to wait until closer to fall to plant tomatoes (or plant them in July but use a shade cloth to keep them cool) and stick to the hot season rockstars this month.


If you already have indeterminate tomato plants in your garden from the spring, you can give them a good pruning if they look like they're doing well. That way, they'll be ready to start producing again in the fall. Otherwise, pull them out.


What to Plant


July 1st - 15th


Sow Seeds

Black Eye Peas, Cantaloupe, Corn, Cucumber, Malabar Spinach, New Zealand

Spinach, Okra, Pumpkin, Summer and Winter Squash, Watermelon


Plant

Eggplant, Malabar Spinach, New Zealand Spinach, Okra, Peppers, Pumpkin, Sweet

Potato Slips, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Winter Squash


July 15th - 31st


Sow Seeds

Black Eye Peas, Cantaloupe, Corn, Cucumber, Malabar Spinach, New Zealand

Spinach, Okra, Pumpkin, Watermelon, Winter Squash


Plant

Eggplant, Okra, Peppers ,Pumpkin, Sweet Potato Slips, Tomatoes, Watermelon,

Winter Squash


Herbs

Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme


Tips

  • Remember to keep up with your consistent watering since most fruit and vegetable plants don't do well when stressed with drought.

  • Check your organic fertilizer package directions and keep those plants fed.

  • Clean up any dead vegetation to keep pests at bay. We've seen some very hungry hornworms lurking!

At Lettuce Grow Something, we practice intensive planting, which promotes healthier soil and heavier yields. If you would enjoy more in-depth coaching about intensive planting and Texas seasons, CLICK HERE TO GROW WITH US and we'll have you feeling like a pro gardener in no time. We offer consultations, one-on-one coaching, and full turnkey garden installations, building foundations for truly wonderful garden spaces.


Check back for more tips on tending to your summer garden and a dreamy garden installation we began in June. Until then, happy summer!








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