What to Plant with your Kids in July

what to plant with your kids in July

There is still time to sow and plant vegetables in July and see them harvested either before the end of the summer holidays or by late autumn.  The good thing about growing this time of year is that you can sow directly into outside pots or the ground.  No need to worry about sowing indoors and then transplanting.  Consider if you are to be away from home for any amount of time.  With the root vegetables, once established can probably get away with no watering for a week or two.

Radishes

Freshly harvested radishes

These are one of the easiest vegetables to grow with kids, reliable and fast. Our little bunch above were planted at the end of half term, in early June and have gone from plot to plate in less than five weeks. That’s fast growing. You can also sow a purple variety with a milder flavour which is perhaps more suited to younger children.

Beetroot

We have grown these for the first time this year and already have harvested some after about 10 weeks.  Boltardy is a good one to grow.

Salad Leaves

Salad leaves can be sown successionally throughout the summer.  Sprinkle seeds today and you can be harvesting in 4/5 weeks.  Grow some cut and come again varieties and you will get at least three helpings from them.

Carrots

Carrots are ideal for successional sowing and many gardeners will be making sowings throughout the summer.  Sow direct into the ground and then thin when the leaves start to grow.  By sowing this time of year you should avoid carrot fly.  Don’t forget carrots come in all colours – not just orange.  Carrots sown in early July will be ready for harvest September/October.

Pad Choi

It is actually best to sow Pad Choi after mid-summer, as earlier sowings are prone to bolting, which means they run to seed.  With a little bit of protection you can harvest Pad Choi until late autumn.  I have been surprised how easy it is to grow this vegetable.

French Beans

French beans are another speedy vegetable.  They can easily germinate within a week.  So your children will start to see some results really quickly.

Bean seedlings

Fill each pot with the sowing compost and press down ensure you leave at least 1/2 an inch space from the top of the pot.  This makes watering easier.  Push in one bean per pot by about 4 cms making sure that it is covered with soil.  Water in the beans and water regularly in the next couple of weeks.  Replant into the ground when they are a couple of inches high.  For more detailed information please see our Growing Beans with kids pages.

Parsley

Parsley in Pots

In my view you can never have too much parsley.  You can sow from seed throughout the summer. It will taste so much better than the cut herbs you buy from the supermarket.  If you don’t have a vegetable patch it grows well in containers or you could grow it in your flower border.

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses to What to Plant with your Kids in July

  1. Fiona Campbell July 9, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    I’m very pleased to read that it’s not too late to sow some vegetables – it’s always around this time of year that I start regretting my lack-of-green-fingers and meagre garden offerings. I’m not sure if I’m sufficiently motivated to see my thoughts through… but I am quite tempted to look through my remaining seed collection and/or buy some more. x

    • Lynda July 10, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

      Thanks for the comments. I reckon its always worth having a go at sowing old seeds.

  2. MyProductiveBackyard July 2, 2014 at 11:40 pm #

    I dont think that there is ever a time where you cant grow veggies – thats the wonder of there being so many varieties around! For kids, I tend to find that instant-gratification plants are best – herbs, lettuce and most of your asian greens, as you’ve said here. Ive written down a bunch of my thoughts on why its so important for kids to learn to grow their own food on my blog, check it out!

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