WHAT TO PLANT IN
July

Mid-Atlantic Region

 

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"There is no easier nor cheaper way to improve your soil’s texture and fertility than by using natural mulches in your vegetable and flower garden. Using a mulch is like having someone do your gardening for you free of charge."

Betty Brinhart, Your Garden+Natural Mulches=Better Harvests

 Issue #10, July 1971

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To read more about what to plant in other months and regions, visit our What to Plant Now home page.

For planting times specific to your zip code, check out the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner. 

 

 

Top Crops for Mid-Atlantic Gardening:

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Here are the Top Ten crops for Mid-Atlantic gardens, followed by other recommended crops, as rated in our National Survey of Most Productive Garden Crops. (The criteria for selection include ease of culture, efficient use of garden space and time, ease of storage and desirability at the table.) The recommended crops are sorted by plant family to help you plan rotations so that the same plant families are not grown consecutively in the same area, as much as possible.

Top 10 Crops: Mid-Atlantic Region

 1. Slicing tomato
 2. Sweet pepper
 3. Cherry tomato
 4. Pole snap bean
 5. Bush snap bean
 6. Garlic
 7. Potato
 8. Snow/snap pea
 9. Summer squash
 10. Bulb onion

 

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family:  Broccoli, cabbage, collards, kale, kohlrabi 

Cucumber family:  Cucumber, winter squash 

Leafy greens: Arugula, chard, lettuce, mache, mustard (all types), pac choi, sorrel, spinach 

Legumes:  Asparagus/yard-long bean, bush lima bean, dry soup bean, edamame, peas (all types), Southern pea

Root crops:  Parsnip, radish, rutabaga, shallot, sunchoke, turnip 

Tomato family:  Eggplant, peppers (all types), tomatillo, tomato (all types)

Miscellaneous:  Asparagusleek, okra, scallions, sweet corn 

VEGETABLES 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Beans, snap 

  

XXX 

 

Beet 

  

XXX 

 
Broccoli  XXX    XXX 
Brussels sprouts  XXX     XXX 

Cabbage  

XXX 

  

XXX 

Carrot 

  

XXX 

 
Cauliflower  XXX     XXX 

Chard 

  

 XXX   
Collards     XXX   
Cucumber  XXX  XXX  XXX 
Endive 

  

XXX 

 

Fennel, bulb 

XXX 

 XXX   XXX 

Kale 

XXX 

XXX 

XXX 

Kohlrabi  XXX     

Leek  

  

 XXX 

XXX 

Lettuce 

XXX 

  

XXX 

Parsnip    

XXX 

 
Peas, southern     XXX   
Pumpkin     XXX   

Radishes 

  

XXX 

 

Rutabaga 

  

XXX 

 

Scallion (green onion)  

  

XXX  

XXX 

Squash, winter 

  

XXX 

 

Turnip 

  

 XXX   XXX 

CULINARY HERBS  

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Basil 

  XXX   XXX 

Cilantro 

  XXX    
Dill  XXX    XXX 

Marjoram  

  

  

 XXX 

Parsley  

XXX 

  

 


RESOURCES

* To learn more about when to sow seeds (indoors and outdoors) or when to transplant your seedlings to the garden, see: Know When to Plant What: Find Your Average Last Spring Frost Date.

* To learn more about how to start seeds, check out Seed-starting Basics. For a primer on how to transplant seedlings, see Garden Transplanting: Expert Advice.

* Find garden seeds from great mail-order companies with our Plant and Seed Finder.

* Learn more about high-quality seeds and great seed companies in Best Seeds for a Bigger, Better Garden and Best Garden Seed Companies, or through our seed company directory

* You might also try swapping seeds locally.

* For tips on growing everything from apples to zucchini, see our Organic Gardening homepage.

 

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