July Garden Update: Broccoli and Kale Planting, and a Tiny Shallot Harvest

July has flown by. We’re getting in the last round of some crops, and just starting to fill in some new crops. Also, due to a seed malfunction, we’re just planting a new round of beets. We’re hopeful these beets will do better than the last ones. Which will not be too hard, as the beets we planted previously never actually came up. So, what went into the ground this weekend?

Broccoli in the Runner Beans
Broccoli in the Runner Beans

First of all, the runner beans are making such cozy-looking green tepees that I wouldn’t mind taking up summertime weekend residence under their poles. Instead, the broccoli will find a temporary home there. There’s enough light and sunshine for the broccoli to grow under there (we’re fairly sure), plus it’s a good way to make use of a little extra real estate.

Kale, Yeah
Kale, Yeah

We planted a new round of beets and carrots in the beet and carrot bed, and just to mix it up and keep everyone company, we threw in a row of kale, too. The kale’s from Territorial Seed Company, and we love their seeds. Here’s a great way to enjoy kale: Grilled Kale, Sliced Plums, and a Balsamic Vinaigrette Over Ricotta. (This is such a good recipe, I’m curious to see if we get tired of it before or after the plum tree stops producing.)


Okay. Our garden logbook says these are shallots. And they kind of seem like shallots. But kind of not. At any rate, they are in one of the rows that’s clearly marked ‘shallots’, and they look very pretty, and we can’t wait to eat them.

We also planted pak choi, altho it’s just little seeds in dirt right now, so not too exciting to look at yet.

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5 thoughts on “July Garden Update: Broccoli and Kale Planting, and a Tiny Shallot Harvest”

    1. Hmm. Our squashes (yellow and delicata) take about 50 days to maturity planted from seed, which would put you near the end of Sept. Considering seeds are so inexpensive, I think it’d be worth a shot. As far as kale, I’d definitely go for it! Get a cold-tolerante version (ours from Territorial Seed is the Dwarf Siberian, which is cold tolerant and good). Let us know how it turns out!

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