July Garden in the Northern Hemisphere


July is the seventh month of the year, but it was once the fifth month. Julius Caesar was born during this month. When he remade the calendar during his rule of ancient Rome, he moved the start of the year from March 1 to January 1. He then added a month, gave it 31 days and named it for himself: July.

July is usually the hottest month of the year in most countries in the Northern Hemisphere.

Vegetables, fruits, and flowers thrive in the heat of July. July is a month full of life north of the equator, and there is much to be done in the garden this month.

Here is a list of vegetables and fruits ready for harvest in the northern hemisphere during July: Vegetables: beans, beets, carrot, chard (silverbeet), early corn, apple cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, turnip, zucchini. Fruits: apricots, cape gooseberries, cherries, gooseberries, grapefruit, lemons, loganberries, nectarines, oranges, passionfruit, peaches, plums, raspberries, strawberries.

And here is a planting list for July in the northern hemisphere:

Cool northern regions–Zones 3-6. Vegetables: beans, broad beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard (silverbeet), chicory, cress, endive, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, spring onion, parsnip, radish, rhubarb crowns, rutabaga (Swedes), salsify, Swiss chard (silverbeet), shallots, spinach, turnip. Herbs: basil, boarage, chamomile, chervil, chives, coriander, hyssop, lemon balm, oregano, parsley, salad burnet, thyme.

Temperate Regions–Zones 7-9. Vegetables: beans, beets (beetroot), broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cape gooseberry, capsicum, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard (silverbeet), chicory, cress, cucumber, eggplant, endive, leeks, lettuce, marrow, melons, mustard, spring onions, parsnip, peas, pumpkin, radish, rhubarb crowns, salsify, squash, sweet corn, tomato, zucchini. Herbs: basil, borage, celeriac, chamomile, chervil, chicory, chilli, chives, fennel, hyssop, lemon balm, oregano, parsley, salad burnet, thyme.

Subtropical and Tropical Regions–Zones 10-12. Vegetables: artichoke suckers, beans, broccoli, cabbage, cape gooseberry, capsicum, celery, Chinese cabbage, cress, cucumber, eggplant, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, marrow, melons, mustard, okra, spring onions, potato tubers, pumpkin, radish, rhubarb crowns, Swiss chard (silverbeet), squash, sweet corn, sweet potato, tomato, zucchini. Herbs: fennel.

Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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