July is officially mid-season for growing your own!
Hopefully if you've been taking part in growing your own produce this year, this is the month when you should start to enjoy some of the fruits of your labour - from lettuce to leeks, cherry tomatoes to chard, lots of crops should be ready to harvest.
That being said, the growing season is far from over and it's not too late to plant lots of things, particularly types of cut-and-come-back lettuce, perennial herbs, and fast-growing varieties of carrots and beans.
Below is our straightforward guide to which fruit & veg you can plant in July - as well as which will be ready to harvest if you’re already growing.
For instructions and advice on how to grow fruit and veg in containers and small spaces, read our guide.
Sow outside directly into soil (containers, beds and borders will all work, whether in a garden or on a balcony). Note: if you've already sown these indoors and they've sprouted, it'll be time to move them outside providing the weather is good.
- Mustard Greens
- Brussels sprouts (for a spring harvest)
- Cabbages (for a spring harvest)
- Cauliflowers (for a spring harvest)
- French beans
- Carrots (late varieties)
- Turnips (late varieties)
Take a look at our guide to growing fruit at home to find out more.
Ready to harvest
If you already have crops growing, or if you’re just interested to know what’s in season, the fruit and veg usually ready to harvest in July are:
- French and broad beans
- Spring onions