July and August gardening tips

Growing aromatic herbs
July 13, 2010

ChiliesDuring summer, remember always to water the plants.



All chilies are producing many pods: harvest them ripe or unripe, store or eat them, and don't forget to save the seeds.

Storing chili peppers
Saving chili pepper seeds
Fiery Recipes


Aromatic Herbs

Harvesting and storing aromatic herbs:
Storing basil
Storing mint: drying
Storing mint: freezing
Storing rosemary
Storing sage
Storing thyme
Storing herbes de Provence

Aromatic herbs recipes

You can also harvest lemon grass in summer.

Nigella pod

Saving seeds

Remember to save seeds from your plants, when fruits are ripe or when blooming is over and stems are brown.

Seed harvest
Saving chili pepper seeds
Saving nigella seeds


Seeds to sow in July

Direct: broccoli rabe, cabbage, chard, chicory catalogna, chicory Chioggia, chicory Treviso, courgette, endive, escarole, fennel bulb, kale cavolo nero, leek, okra, radish, rocket, romaine lettuce, savoy cabbage, turnip.
Protected: kohlrabi.

Aromatic Herbs and Herbal Teas.
Direct: cress, purslane, savory.

Seeds to sow in August

Direct: broccoli rabe, cabbage, carrot, chard, chicory catalogna, chicory Chioggia, chicory Treviso, endive, escarole, fennel bulb, leek, lettuce, mizuna, okra, radish, rocket, romaine lettuce, savoy cabbage, turnip.
Protected: kohlrabi.

Aromatic Herbs and Herbal Teas.
Direct: cress, juniper.


Seasonal cooking for July and August

Seasonal herbs and spices: Anise, balm, basil, bay, borage, burnet, calamint, catnip, chervil, chives garlic, chives, cilantro, cinnamon basil, cumin, curry plant, dill, fenugreek, garlic, horehound, hyssop, jasmine, lavender, lemon bergamot, lemon grass, lemon verbena, lovage, marigold, marjoram, mint, nigella, oregano, parsley, purslane, rosemary, safflower, sage, savory, sorrel, tarragon, thyme, wild thyme, yarrow.

Seasonal Vegetables: Aubergines, beans, beetroots, broad beans, cabbage, caper, carrots, celery, chards, chick peas, chicory, cucumber, endive, eschalot, garlic, leek, lentils, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, pumpkin flowers, pumpkin, purslane, radishes, rocket, spinach, string beans, Swiss chard, tomato, turnips, zucchini.

Seasonal Fruits: Almonds, apples, apricots, bilberries, blackberries, black cherries, cherries, currant, figs, gooseberry, grape, loquats, melons, mulberries, peaches, pears, plums, prickly pear, raspberries, strawberries, water melon.

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