What are we are picking harvesting and planting here in tropical Queensland in July. Every year we will update this post as our garden grows and matures, we have a post like it for every month. As we are in the southern hemisphere July is one of our cooler, drier months, mid-winter. If you are in the northern hemisphere you may have to flip the seasons upside down a bit.
What Food Crops Are We Harvesting in July
A quick look at what’s growing, producing and flowering here in July.
We’re picking cherry tomatoes from early plantings. Later plantings are flowering and fruit forming
We harvest kaffir lime leaf, lemon grass and curry leaf all year round. The moringa has been cut back hard so not much on there right now.
Garlic chives are fully grown and we’re harvesting often.
Mint and parsley look weak and aren’t putting on much growth
Vietnamese mint has died back after flowering and a thrips attack but is still green in places.
Thai Basil is doing well, flowering, self-seeding and putting on plenty of healthy growth. Harvesting regularly.
30-40 Jack fruit are on the tree but not ripe yet
Loads of flower on the lemon tree, fruit starting to form despite the lack of bees.
No flowers or fruit as yet.
Nothing happening on the ruby grapefruit tree. It looks healthy but no flowers yet.
We were given a bunch of pineapple plants grown from tops. They’re probably a month or two to a year old. We’ve just planted them into pots and into the garden. Once I’m sure they’re flourishing I can start encouraging them into fruit.
Our one little strawberry plant is flourishing and has plenty of leaf, but no flowers yet.
The young mango tree is just coming into flower.
We’ve harvested bush beans from seed plantings around 10 weeks ago. Later plantings of snake beans are starting to flower and beans are forming.
Lots of green leaves on my sweet potatoes grown from kitchen offcuts. Enough to harvest a few handfulls now and then.
Chillies, Peppers, Capsicums
Our main Thai birdseye chili plant died a month or so ago. Presumed due to adding…powder stuff – pH. We saved some seed and the new chili plants are a cm or so high.
Yellow long thin capsicum are forming
Other chili plants growing well but we have nothing to harvest right now.
Ginger and Galangal
The ginger is growing up top, no idea what’s going on under ground.
Plenty of growth and flowers but no fruit forming. Presumed lack of bees to blame.
Loads of leaf on the sweet potatoes, enough to harvest for greens from time to time.