Zone 7 usually has it's last freeze before April 15th in the Spring and the first frost and freeze by October 30th. These temperatures allow zone 7 gardeners a longer growing time so that more crops can be planted and harvested throughout the growing season.
When the heat of July arrives and all of our gardens are growing and producing, we can enjoy a lot of our harvest. Corn should be ready to pick and watermelons and cantaloupes should be big and round and ripe. I love using all of my fresh produce for our 4th of July cookout. And, we are eating well and continuing to harvest from all of our plants. Keep picking often so that the plants will continue to produce heavily. Now is the time to get the soil ready for our fall plantings in August. Add compost and organic matter to the beds or garden plot that you have selected to plant your transplants.
When we get to August, we see a lot of our garden plants winding down. Now is the time to plant our started seeds for the fall. We want to make sure that our new transplants get plenty of water with the soaring hot sun that August brings us.
Now that fall has arrived, it's time to clean up all of our beds and remove spent annuals and toss them into our compost bins if we have them. I like to let my chickens and goats get into the garden at this point and eat anything left over after harvest time. If you have perennials and bulbs planted, this is a good time to mulch the beds for the winter. I like to use the dead leaves and other organic matter to mulch around my shrubs and in my beds so that I can turn it over into the soil when I get ready for next spring. Our fall garden should be ready to harvest and we can start picking and storing all those deep green leafy vegetables for our soups and stews during winter.