Green Thumb: Starting Vegetables in July

ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) - Each Saturday night on the 23 News Update at Ten I’ll be working for you answering your gardening questions with local experts. This week’s question comes from Patricia in Loves Park who asked with it being early July already what types of plants are still safe to start. The answer may surprise you.

Grant McCarty, the local foods and small farms educator with the University of Illinois Extension, says that tomatoes and peppers will be the go-to vegetable plants this time of year. You’ll want to pick up the transplant variety though because we are already halfway through the growing season. You can find these transplants at many area home improvement stores throughout the Stateline. Grant says we should avoid planting watermelon or pumpkin as we are just a little bit too late for this time of year.

Grant also recommends that we maintain good watering habits and also add mulch around the plants to help maintain the moisture, especially during this warmer month of the summer season.
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