What To Grow From Seed In July?
In the heart of an English summer, as the skies stay (mostly) clear blue, there’s no better time more for getting green-fingered, sowing and planting the veg, salad items and herbs that this month of the year has to offer.
Whether you are a seasoned horticulturist or someone with budding aspirations for grow-your-own gardening, July in the UK is a canvas of opportunities that can bring your garden to life, and plenty of fresh produce to your kitchen table. Here’s my list of different fruits and vegetables that you can start growing from seed during the month of July.
Bounty of Greens
As July graces us with its sunlit embrace, it’s the perfect time to start your journey into the world of fresh, leafy greens. Crisp, tender leaves of spinach, arugula, and lettuce unfurl like nature’s own canvas, and the time is ripe to sow the seeds of these vibrant vegetables. These greens revel in the gentle warmth of the summer months, offering you a sensory delight as you pluck your first harvest – a symphony of colours, textures, and flavours.
With each bite of your homemade salad, you’ll taste the freshness of your garden, and with each crunch of a leaf, you’ll feel a connection to the earth. Those who yearn for the sensory pleasures of gardening, and those eager to nurture the craft of grow-your-own, will find their hearts drawn to this green, abundant realm in July.
With the sun’s generous glow illuminating your garden, July is the opportune moment to welcome the warmth-loving vegetables into your fold. This is the time to sow the seeds of courgettes and cucumbers, and watch in awe as they grow into sturdy, productive plants. These tender fruits, kissed by the summer sun, not only delight your taste buds with their richness but also offer a visual feast of bright, sunlit yellows and greens.
The journey of nurturing these vegetables is a dance of human hands meeting the natural world. For those who relish the therapeutic value of tending to plants and dream of a kitchen filled with homegrown delights, courgettes and cucumbers are a splendid choice to start your summer garden adventure.
The earthy allure of root vegetables can’t be ignored in July. Carrots and beetroots, two of the UK’s favorite underground treasures, thrive when sown in this season. The prospect of nurturing these roots is like discovering buried treasure in your own backyard. Their crisp, sweet, and earthy flavours make them versatile additions to your kitchen. Whether you roast them to perfection, grate them into vibrant salads, or simply enjoy them fresh from the soil, the roots you grow in July will be brimming with the essence of homegrown charm.
As July unfolds its generous warmth, it’s the ideal time to plan for next year’s berry harvest. Strawberries, with their bold red hues and intoxicating sweetness, are a true summer delight. Planting them now ensures a bounty of delicious, sun-ripened strawberries in the coming year. Imagine wandering into your garden, plucking these succulent fruits, and savoring the taste of summer itself.
The experience of growing strawberries is a lesson in patience, as the fruits take their time to ripen. Yet, it’s this very anticipation that heightens the pleasure when you finally taste your homegrown harvest. Those who appreciate the finer nuances of gardening, and those who dream of plucking fruits of their labor, will find the act of growing strawberries both rewarding and endearing.
No garden is complete without the aromatic symphony of herbs. July is the perfect season to start herbs like basil, coriander, and chives. These herbs are like nature’s fragrant jewels, enhancing your culinary creations with their delightful aromas and flavors. Picture yourself plucking a sprig of fresh basil or a handful of pungent coriander, their scent rising as you crush the leaves between your fingertips. These culinary companions offer a touch of summer’s essence to your dishes, enriching your culinary adventures.
For those who feel a profound connection to the earth and the beauty it brings, July is a month of hope, promise, and fulfillment. As you kneel on the garden path, your hands in the soil, the warmth of the summer sun on your back, you become part of a timeless cycle – one that connects you to the land and the harvest.
In the garden, the scents of blossoms mingling with the earthy tang of the soil become a fragrant symphony that resonates with your soul. The journey of a gardener is a journey of love, patience, and abundance.
Embrace the season, cherish the moments, and discover the magic of growth. Whether you are a seasoned gardener with a heart full of wisdom or a novice eager to explore the wonders of the earth, July beckons you to sow the seeds, nurture the plants, and reap the rich rewards. Happy gardening!