As you’ve probably guessed, July is considered a hot season here in the sunny capital of Texas, which can make vegetable gardening a little difficult. Try to grow a plant that’s not tolerant of heat, and it will likely just shrivel up.
Don’t despair. July is a great time to plant those quintessential summer crops: juicy watermelon that runs down your chin, corn to pop on the grill, and peppers that will bring the heat! (Not like we need any more…)


While gardeners in other parts of the country are vining their tomatoes up trellises, don’t give into that temptation. It’s too hot here for tomatoes to produce much fruit right now. Better to wait until closer to fall to plant tomatoes (or plant them in July but use a shade cloth to keep them cool) and stick to the hot season rockstars this month.
If you already have indeterminate tomato plants in your garden from the spring, you can give them a good pruning if they look like they’re doing well. That way, they’ll be ready to start producing again in the fall. Otherwise, pull them out.
Here’s our short list of some heat-loving plants to add to your Central Texas garden in July.


Black-Eyed Peas, Cantaloupe, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Malabar Spinach, New Zealand Spinach, Okra, Hot Peppers, Pumpkin, Snake Beans, Summer Squash, Sweet Potato Slips, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Winter Squash, & Zuchinni 

Herbs and Flowers

Basil, Bay Laurel, Catnip, Cumin, Gomphrena, Gaillardia, Lamb’s Ear, Lavender, Marigolds, Oregano, Petunias, Roselle, Rosemary, Sage, Sunflowers, Thyme, Vinca Cora, & Zinnias

Pro Tip:

Roselle is a beautiful plant that’s related to okra and hibiscus. It produces stunning flowers and thrives in the heat. 

edible garden

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  • Watering deeply is just as important as watering regularly. You want your plants to develop nice, deep roots to keep them from getting stressed in the heat, especially if we experience another drought.

  • Fertilize. Kitchen crops are heavy feeders. MicroLife is an excellent organic choice. (Check out our complete list of recommended fertilizers on Amazon.)

  • Walk through your garden first thing in the morning to hunt out any pests, prune, and make adjustments to your watering system. Irrigation timers are a summer garden lifesaver.

  • Harvest any and all veggies you can find! Crops are best enjoyed when picked in the early morning, before a plant is stressed from the heat. Get them before the birds do, and remember that most tomatoes can ripen on the counter even if mostly green.

For more tips on summer gardening, check out our complete post on keeping your plants cool in the heat.

hot season harvest


There you have it! Even as the scorching heat sets in, there’s still room for planting and growth!

If you’re just getting started, it’s not too late to get your kitchen garden set up so you can enjoy lots of summer harvests!

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Happy summer gardening!