Sunflower, Roselle/Jamaica Sorrel (Hibiscus sabdariffa), and amaranth seeds anytime in July.
If you have not planted your sweet potato slips yet get them in the ground no later than first week in July for best harvest potential in the fall. Remember you can eat the leaves during the summer for a lettuce substitute in salads, sandwiches etc. (A recent study reported the leaves may have even more good things for you than the tubers!)
WEEK OF JULY 16TH Seeds Only Planting: Anise; Cantaloupe; Caraway; Chervil; Cilantro; Corn; Dill; Fennel; Luffa Gourds; Musk Melons; Parsley; Peppers; Pumpkins; Squash, Winter. See My June Planting Tips for June Sowing and about gardening density.
These cool soil loving plants will germinate as the soil begins to cool later on. Sowing now, in the ground, gives them a jump start and by-passes transplant issues later on.
IF YOU are transplanting this time of year use leaf-type mulch to keep the soil surface cool around "but not touching" the transplant -- keep about 2 inches away from base of plants to keep the pest bugs away from the tender stems. The mulch should be at least 2 inches deep.
You should harden off the plant(s) by exposing to direct sun for an hour the first day (then back into shade, but NOT inside) and increase by an hour each day until it is in the sun for about 4 hours, then transplant.
WATERING: Higher humidity can reduce moisture loss to plants, reducing watering frequency, but check with water meter regularly. You can actually over-water in the height of our Monsoon season, so make sure you use the water meter.
|Ginger Re-Sprouting - June 15th|
SUNBURN damage: Like frost damage - DO NOT prune until danger of sunburn is over - the damaged plant protects the lower growth.
July is a good time to think about the Three Sisters (Monsoon) gardening concept. Corn, beans and squash. The beans can be Tepary (bush) although traditionally the Native People planted vine beans which grew up the corn stalk, while the squash covered the ground, keeping it more weed free, minimizing water needed and providing an all but complete diet. They also planted sunflowers on the outside to draw away pest bugs.
Start Planning For August Sowing! What do you want growing in your fall/winter garden. Many root vegetables should be planted successively (do you really want 10 feet of carrots maturing all at once?). Some roots vegetables can take 100+ days (Parsnips) but you have shorter maturity types of carrots and beets. Head plants like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower can also take 100+ days. So Plan And Plant (sow) accordingly. Consider sowing every 2-4 weeks through February for most of the non-head varieties. Get your seeds for head varieties in by late September to ensure all that cool weather for growing healthy plants.
Stay cool, drink water and enjoy your garden.