July is a hot and humid month here in Central Florida. There are very few vegetables that you can start growing here this month. If you started your garden prior to this month you might still be harvesting a few things. If you’re looking to start your first garden, our best growing season is just around the corner. But if you really want to try growing something this month, keep on reading to find out our July Vegetable Planting Guide for Central Florida – Zone 9b.
Below are the vegetables and varieties that do well in Central Florida and when to plant them. In July you can plant a couple vegetables outside, but you can also start growing seedlings indoors.
Warm Season Outdoors: Okra, Southern Peas
Warm Season Indoors: Eggplant, Peppers, Tomatoes
Please note that you should not plant eggplant, peppers, or tomatoes outside this month if you do decide to start them. They should be grown indoors. Eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes do well indoors with a grow light and can be transplanted easily (unlike cucumbers and beans that are much more sensitive). I typically start mine indoors for a month or two before transplanting outdoors. Check out How to Start Seeds Indoors to learn more.
If you’re concerned about insects this month and are looking for organic methods to keep them away, pick up a bottle of neem oil. This is a concentrated version, but it’s also available in a spray bottle. It helps with aphids, whiteflies, spider mites, and leaf rollers. It also helps control black spots and powdery mildew. You can also check out Neem Oil for Organic Gardening and Pest Control.
One of my favorite vegetables to start this month is peppers! I love to pickle them and put them on sandwiches, use them in salsa, and also slice them up and eat them with hummus as a healthy snack. I like getting a head start growing these. Even though July is a very hot month, I still like being able to make good use of the time by growing my plants indoors.
When I plant I generally use Botanical Interests Seeds. They have such a wide selection of vegetables, flowers, and herbs. And they’re continually getting new seeds. I find them to be reliable and they have a good selection of organic, non-gmo seeds.
There are multiple varieties when it comes to vegetables that you can plant that are more tolerant of Florida’s heat and humidity. Picking the right varieties is important for your success. The varieties that work well in Florida are included in the chart below.
Below you’ll find the July Vegetable Planting Guide for Central Florida – Zone 9b
Planting dates here are based on the University of Florida IFAS Extension, and you can find more information on that here: http://edis.ifas.ufl.
And if you’re not sure what zone you’re in, you can check out the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. If you go to their website you can type in your zip code for confirmation of your location. The picture below is from their site.
If you’re growing vegetables in July in Florida, then I definitely recommend using a Shade Cloth if you don’t have one already. Check out the post Made in the Shade with Garden Covers. I use these April-October. There are different varieties that you can choose from.
Days to harvest depends on the quality of your soil, so keep that in mind when waiting for your vegetables to ripen – they can take longer than the time stated above. Days to harvest is also based on when your seed germinates, and not when you plant your seed.
To ensure your plants are growing in the best environment, you can also get a pH Tester to check the soil. Don’t worry if you’re not at this step yet. My first couple of years growing vegetables I didn’t check my soil. Of course, if you’re interested in getting started, check out How to Test Your Soil pH Levels.
I hope the July Vegetable Planting Guide for Central Florida helps you with your garden!
Do you get a head start on the growing season by planting indoors? Share it with us in the comments below.
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