Orange County July Planting Guide

July 1

Let’s Grow in Southern California

Summer has blossomed and it’s time for the July garden to amaze us with it’s splendor.

With hot summer days (and nights), it’s time to succession plant in the garden and create some shade options for young plants. It’s also a good time to review your cool season notes to plan for the cool season garden. Consider adding in more hot-season favorites like peppers, sweet potatoes, or okra in the hottest spaces in your garden. Don’t forget our suggested flower companion planting guide this month to bring more pollinators to your garden. Check out the Orange County CA July planting guide.

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Planning a Summer Garden with Warm + Hot Season Plants

Orange County, CA July Planting List
Orange County, CA July Herb Planting List
Orange County, CA July Flower Planting List

Here are a some great options for your June planting list:

Beans, Cantaloupe, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Melons, Orach, Okra, Peppers, Potatoes, Radish (in partial shade), Malabar Spinach, Summer Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Watermelons, Winter Squash

Herbs: Basil, Bergamot, Lavender, Mint, Nasturtium, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Summer Savory, Sweet Marjoram, Thyme

*Transplant Seedlings

Unique Heirloom Varieties to Plant this Season

Sharlyn Melon

from San Diego Seed Company

Jade Bush Bean from Marys Heirloom Seeds

Jade Bush Bean

from Mary’s Heirloom Seeds

Nardello Peppers from Peaceful Valley

Nardello Pepper

from Peaceful Valley

Armeniam Cucumbers from Botanical Interests

Armenian Cucumber

from Botanical Interests

Practice Companion Planting for Your Summer Garden

Purple Echinacea from San Diego Seed Co

Purple Echinacea

from San Diego Seed Company

Pinwheel Zinnia from Renees Garden

Summer Pinwheel Zinnia

from Renee’s Garden

Munstead Lavender from Marys Heirloom Seeds

Munstead Lavender

from Mary’s Heirloom Seeds

Day + Night Snapdragons fromBotanical Interests

Night + Day Snapdragons

from Botanical Interests

Here are a some great companion plants for your June planting list:

Alyssum, Bachelor Buttons, Borage, Calendula, Cosmos, Echinacea, Marigolds, Nasturtium, Salvia, Scabiosas, Zinnias

Companion planting is a very old-world, organic gardening method rooted in creating a diverse ecosystem of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers grown int he same space. As a result of inter-planting, you’ll create a more habitable environment for plants, improve soil health, and reduce the resources needed to grow sustainable amounts of produce.

Consider inter-planting some herbs with your fruits and vegetables this year to attract more pollinators and help keep pesky bugs at bay.

With a long and tenured history, the practice of companion planning was primarily practiced by home gardeners who weren’t driven solely by efficient outputs. However, as the impact of climate change grows and concerns over the use of pesticides for health increase, more and more gardeners (both home and commercial) are starting to implement the practice of companion planting.

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