This week’s question for our New Brunswick Garden Mentors is: What can we plant in July in New Brunswick?
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In the heat of July consider sowing those plants that tolerate heat and mature quickly. Check the backs of seed packages for maturity information. Following are a few suggestions:
Carrots (check maturity dates)
Herbs such as basil, parsley.
Some things to do:
Perhaps add a thin layer of compost to the garden between successive crops.
Keep track of what is planted where.
Rotate based on nutrient needs. Different vegetables use different amounts of nutrients. For example, leafy crops like spinach need lots of nitrogen and beans are nitrogen fixers. So, plant leafy crops where your beans were and beans where your leafy crops were.
You can also consider sowing seeds indoors for those cold hardy plants to go into the garden in the Fall.
A great local resource is Niki Jabbour’s book ” The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener.”
Beans and radishes can be planted right now and be ready for harvest this season.
Garlic can be planted for harvest next summer (don’t forget to harvest your scapes so it makes a bulb instead of flowers).
Lettuce and spinach could be planted in areas that are shady from 1pm to 5pm (hottest part of the day) to prevent bolting. The south east side of tall things would give cooler morning light but nice shade in the afternoon.
And there’s still time to plant beets for their yummy greens.
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