WHAT TO PLANT IN
July


Southwest Region

 

Southwest Gardening Region Map 

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"Our future economic independence depends on the state of our farm’s soil. And in a broader sense, an ecologically-balanced soil is the basis for an ecologically-sound world. When you think of it that way, it’s a little easier to fork the manure around. You can feel like you’re sweating for the future of the world."

Roberta Hammer, Coon Run Farm

Issue #10, July 1971

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 the Southwest Region:

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Here are the Top Ten crops for the Southwest region, 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: Southwest Region

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

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family:  Kale, kohlrabi 

Cucumber family:  Cucumberpumpkin, winter squash 

Leafy greens:  Arugula, chard, Chinese cabbage, mache, lettuce, pac choi, spinach 

Legumes:  Dry soup beans, edamame, fava bean, snap beans, snow/snap and shell peas, Southern peas

Root crops:  Beetradish, rutabaga, shallot, sunchoke, sweet potato 

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

Miscellaneous: Bulb fennel, leek, okra, rhubarb, scallions 

VEGETABLES 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Beans    XXX   

Broccoli 

XXX     
Brussels sprouts  XXX     
Cabbage  XXX     

Cantaloupe 

  XXX   
Cauliflower XXX     
Celery  XXX     

Corn 

  XXX   

Cucumber 

  XXX   

Melons 

 

XXX 

XXX 

Peas, southern    XXX   

Peppers 

 

   XXX 
Pumpkin  XXX  XXX  XXX 
Squash, summer  XXX  XXX  XXX 

Squash, winter 

XXX  XXX  XXX 
Tomatoes  XXX    XXX 

CULINARY HERBS  

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Basil 

  XXX  XXX  

Cilantro 

  XXX    

Dill 

 

 XXX 

 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.

 





Post a comment below.

 

mehri
6/28/2011 8:29:11 PM
PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME START UP MY GARDEN. OUR YARD IS SO BAD I FEEL SORRY FOR THE PLANTS. I DO NOT KNOW MUCH ABOUT GARDENING OR WHAT I HAVE TO DO? CAN ANYONE HELP ME DO GOOD WITHOUT DESTROYING WHAT IS ALREADY THERE?





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