If you didn't start a garden this spring and wish you had grown some flowers, herbs or vegetables you still have time. Summer is a good time to start your second season plantings. You can sow seeds directly in the ground now for many leafy greens, root crops and even some flowering annuals.Planting seeds now will extend your garden's harvest into the fall and winter months.
After the jump some recommendations on plants you can easily and cheaply start from seeds.
Vegetables you can start now include; broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflowers, kale, some lettuces, Swiss chard, and kohlrabi. Root crops can be harvested right up until the ground freezes. Basil, dill, parsley and chives are herbs you can start in the summer from seed and harvest into the fall. You can propagate herbs like basil by take cuttings and rooting the cuttings on your windowsills over the winter.
You can even get some flowering plants in on the action. I like to sow another round of cosmos, sunflowers, marigolds and nasturtiums this time of year to provide some color and attract pollinators to the garden. In particular I like to plant nasturtiums because they're easy to start from seed and provide splashes of color in the fall, plus, they are edible. Sunflowers sown now may not be as large and spectacular as those sown in the spring, but I like to sow because they're a fall food source for goldfinches that visit my garden.
Take advantage of the rain we had over the weekend and plant sow your seeds today or the day after. Dry soil wicks away moisture from seeds so make sure you keep your seeds and seedlings watered during July. If you can't sow seeds directly in the soil or raised beds, sow your seeds in containers. See my post on what I believe is the best potting mix for growing edibles in container gardens.
Related: Top 10 Easiest Plants to Grow From Seeds.