July Checklist for Zones 7-8

Keep your garden growing! You may be enjoying the fruit of your labor (literally!) but there’s still a bounty of veggies and flowers you can sow now to keep your garden hard at work into fall.


1. Broccoli –One of the most nutritious veggies you can grow, broccoli is a home-gardening favorite. Feeling impatient? For an early harvest, sow seeds indoors now. ‘Royal Tenderette’ Hybrid is an early producer and will provide multiple harvests over 2-3 months. You can’t go wrong with ‘Sun King’ Hybrid – an all-time bestseller.

Broccoli, Royal Tenderette

Broccoli, Sun King Hybrid

2. Cauliflower –This brassica is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Start seeds indoors now for a tasty fall harvest! Be sure to water – cauliflowers are thirsty! – and give seeds lots of light. We love ‘Attribute’ Hybrid, which has a delicate nutty, buttery flavor and the 'Snowball' which is a favorite heirloom variety.

Cauliflower, Attribute Hybrid

Cauliflower, Snowball Self-Blanching

3. Cabbages – Start cabbage seeds indoors now for a steady supply of this crisp, tasty, and nutritious veggie. Try best-selling mini-cabbage ‘Caraflex’ Hybrid or early-producing ‘Earliana’.

Sweetheart Lettage, Caraflex Hybrid

Cabbage, Earliana

4. Beans –What garden is complete without a bean plant? Direct sow this garden-favorite into August, and harvest frequently to ensure the crop keeps producing. We recommend trying ‘Gold Mine’, a sweet wax bean that requires no support! Or try ‘Mascotte’, a super-productive, super-flavorful French variety.

Bean, Gold Mine

Bean, Mascotte

5. Squash – If you’re looking for a veggie that’s easy to grow with huge yields, you can’t go wrong with squash! This sun-loving plant is easy to grow in garden beds and containers alike. Direct sow squash seeds now through the middle of August, and expect to harvest in about 7 weeks. Try darling ‘Cupcake’ Hybrid, which yields 2-5” fruits that are a perfect mix of sweet and savory.

Squash, Cupcake Hybrid