Midsummer planting for an autumn harvest

Midsummer planting for an autumn/fall harvest


Yesterday someone asked me a question “Is it too late in the season to grow something now?”


It is common for someone to start thinking about gardening now, as it is lovely weather and everything is growing well. Of course warm weather crops like tomatoes, peppers, and corn would have needed to be started in the spring to get a harvest before the first frost. For these types of plants it is indeed too late to start growing in July but there are still 3 months or 90 days of the growing season left before the cold sets in.


Starting from seed


Here are some things you can think of starting from seed in your tiny little garden in July.


  • Broccoli(survives light frost 50-70 days to mature)
  • Lettuce or salad leaves(survives light frost 40-60 days to mature)
  • Spinach (survives frost 35-45 days to mature)
  • Carrots (survives frost)
  • Peas (survives frost 70-80 days to mature)
  • Bush beans (killed by frost 45-65 days to mature)
  • Cauliflower (survives light frost 60-80 days to mature)
  • Swiss chard (Silverbeet) (survives frost 40-60 days)
  • Kale (survives light frost 40-60 days)
  • Kohlrabi (survives light frost 50-60 days)


It will help if you look at the seed packets for planting time and making a calculation on how many days you will need for the plant to mature. Most of the plants above take 35 to 60 days to mature. I would think that we’d have around 90 days before the first frost.


Transplant mature seedlings from the garden center:


An alternative to planting seed for vegetables to grow in July is to transplant mature seedlings from the garden center. All of these are frost tolerant and will have plenty of time to continue to grow, even if you plant them later than July.


  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage & Red Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • And Leeks


So go on, what you are waiting for, get outside in your garden or on your balcony and start planting!