There are many vegetables that can be planted in July and August. Before I grab seed packets and a trowel, however, I start with soil preparation. Healthy soil produces the highest yield. I amend my raised beds with compost or aged manure, working a 1” layer into the top few inches of soil. This is also a good time to apply a slow-release organic vegetable fertilizer. After the beds are prepped, it’s time to plant.
Vegetables can be direct seeded or transplanted. When the weather is hot and the soil is dry, direct seeding can be a challenge. Soil must be kept consistently moist until seeds germinate and are growing well. That means you may have to water once or twice a day. For that reason, I like to start with transplants for vegetables such as cabbage, lettuce and broccoli. Sowing the seeds indoors under grow lights gives the plants a month or so of pampering before they’re hardened off and moved to the garden. Alternatively, root crops such as carrots, beets and turnips and fast-growing vegetables such as bush beans, summer squash and cucumbers should be direct seeded.
Preparing the soil so that it’s ready for the author to direct seed a second crop of vegetables.