In late July we want to be getting ready for another shoulder season. There are a few quick crops that we can plant soon. The temperatures become a bit cooler from September on but there is still enough light until October for the plants to do some photosynthesis and produce sugars.
So if you want to have crops in the ground by September you want to have planted them in august, so you want to have seeds germinated by then which means that in late July you want to have your seeds on hand. If you plan to have plants ready to set out you will also consider having the logistics mapped out a bit. If you work with what comes to you, you just remember the opportunities coming up so that you know what to keep your eyes open for.
Beds that open up in August can be prepped for crops that will go through winter and mature in the spring such as leek, onion, garlic, rye, cauliflower, winter carrots and strawberries to name a few.
Social Dynamics in late July
Holidays are still happening. Momentum is constantly broken up. Even if people return they are not reliably present enough to really practice permaculture. During holidays people generally increase their ecological footprint and let go of their habits and ethics a bit. The longer the holiday the longer it will take to regain the flow.
The gardener feels the tyranny of harvest and is stressed out about getting the food to the people. Abundances might have to be processed for storage or left to go overripe on the field.
It’s a good time for the farmer to evaluate what went well, what went badly and how much of each crop to put next year. Its good to write it down because by the time planning comes around in late fall and winter the farmer will have forgotten the details. There is still enough light to be optimistic about the rest of the season and to enjoy summer. Enjoying summer means socializing and meeting the right crew for the coming year.
It’s a good time to weed out toxic people or behaviours as those people will find that as long as its summer there are options and alternatives and places to go before it gets cold. If you don’t weed out toxic behaviour in summer then you will likely be struggling with them in fall and winter which will be quite depressing since life is a lot more close quarters then. When things get really lean in spring conflicts will bubble to the surface anyhow and lead to a shaky or impulsive start to the next year.
Ideally you have a solid core that provides the inertia to keep up the good work through the social fragmentation of summer and capture the abundance of solar energy that is hitting the earth in this period.
Best of luck!