What to Plant in August

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! It’s finally August! Only a month left to go before fall arrives, so this might be a good time to see what’s growing in your garden.

It’s still pretty hot so watering is still one of the biggest tasks along with weeding. With a new season coming, consider harvesting fruits and flowers and start planting seeds for fall crops and blossoms.

For all you beginners out there, here’s a list of flowers you can plant this month, especially if you’re in the Mid-Atlantic region like I am!

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Here are the Top Ten crops for Mid-Atlantic gardens, followed by other recommended crops, as rated in our National Survey of Most Productive Garden Crops. (The criteria for selection include ease of culture, efficient use of garden space and time, ease of storage and desirability at the table.) The recommended crops are sorted by plant family to help you plan rotations so that the same plant families are not grown consecutively in the same area, as much as possible.

Top 10 Crops: Mid-Atlantic Region

 1. Slicing tomato
2. Sweet pepper
3. Cherry tomato
4. Pole snap bean
5. Bush snap bean
6. Garlic
7. Potato
8. Snow/snap pea
9. Summer squash
10. Bulb onion

Other vegetables such as carrots, corn, cucumber, lettuce, pumpkin and radish can be planted during August as well. For herbs, cilantro, dill, fennel, and parsley can be planted this month.

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family:  Broccoli, cabbage, collards, kale, kohlrabi
Cucumber family:  Cucumber, winter squash
Leafy greens: Arugula, chard, lettuce, mache, mustard (all types), bok choi, sorrel, spinach
Legumes:  Asparagus/yard-long bean, bush lima bean, dry soup bean, edamame, peas (all types
Root crops:  Parsnip, radish, rutabaga, shallot, sunchoke, turnip
Tomato family:  Eggplant, peppers (all types), tomato (all types)
Miscellaneous:  Asparagus, leek, okra, scallions, sweet corn

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For more details/information, feel free to check out the rest of the article here.

Enjoy the rest of the week, everyone!

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