The mad spring rush to the nursery, the annual rite of hardening off lovingly-tended seedlings after the last frost date -- it all makes it seem like spring is the one and only time to plant a vegetable garden. Surely, July is too late to be starting a vegetable garden. Right?
Not at all!
In some ways, late June/early July is a great time to start a garden. Many of the pests that plague gardens in spring, such as cabbage worms and squash vine borers, are less of a problem late in the season. There's no worry that we'll have a freak late frost that will wipe out all of your seedlings. The days are long and warm -- ideal conditions for growing many veggies.
Seeds You Can Direct Sow in July, by Region
New England and the Mid-Atlantic Region
North Central U.S., Rocky Mountains
So if you still want to grow a veggie garden this year, there's no excuse not to get going on it! If you don't want to take the time right now to dig a garden bed, why not make a quick raised bed garden, or plant some seeds in containers for a container veggie garden? You'll be glad you did when you're picking fresh beans, lettuce, or radishes from your own garden!