July in Columbus is HOT and it can be tricky to plant vegetables in the garden, but its not impossible.
In my garden, I plant something every single month from April all the way through to October. That’s six months of planting. This is a form of succession planting and it ensures steady harvests all season long.
If you want to plant in July, you can either plant quick growing summer crops or you can start to sow your fall season crops that need time to mature.
Here are some vegetables that you can plant in your garden in July in Columbus, Ohio
Warm Season Crops
- Summer squash
- Bush beans
Cool Season Crops
- Brussel’s Sprouts
Here are a few tips on planting these vegetables in July
For warm season crops:
Choose varieties that mature in 60 days or less. Any longer than that and you risk losing your harvests to frost.
For cool season crops:
Choose varieties that take longer than 60 days to mature. Most cool season crops will be more productive in the cooler temperatures.
If possible, plant cool season crops in a portion of the garden that receives some shade. You can plant them next to taller summer crops like tomatoes to help them stay cooler while the weather is still hot.
For both cool and warm season crops:
Water well until the plants are well established. If you are planting seeds, keep the area moist so they can germinate. Once the plants are established you can switch over to watering more deeply, less often for stronger root development.
Planting vegetables in your garden in July in Columbus can be tricky. The success of what you plant can largely depend on the weather. Don’t get discouraged if something doesn’t do well. Keep going and keep growing.
Click here to get my Columbus Monthly Planting Calendar and learn more about what grows each month in Columbus, Ohio.