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What To Plant In August

It’s hot almost everywhere. Some places it’s almost too hot to grow a garden, but don’t worry, you can start planning out your fall garden. And many of you still have some great gardening days ahead of you for August as well! Here’s what to plant in August.

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Even though most people don't think about starting a garden in August, it's not too late to start planting.  Hopefully these lists give you some idea of what to plant in your area.

What To Plant In August By USDA Plant Hardiness Zone

The USDA Plant Hardiness Zones are created by dividing the United States into various zones based on their coldest temperatures. These zones are helpful in giving us an idea of what is likely to grow well in a given location at each time of year.

Of course, your micro climate makes a big difference too. The individual characteristics of your property, and even spaces within your garden can create warmer and cooler areas where specific plants may thrive.

All of the plants suggested below can be grown without season extenders. If you are using a greenhouse, cloches, or covers, you may even be able to grow more than what’s listed for your zone.

Zone 2 and Zone 3

Radish, spinach, and turnip are the plants of the day for Zone 2 and 3. These cold weather veggies will mature quickly, allowing you to get them harvested before the cold sets in.

Zone 4

Zone 4 has a few options. You can plant arugula, garlic, radish, spinach, and turnips.

Zone 5

Fall gardens in Zone 5 will do well with arugula, fava beans, cabbage, chives, radish, rutabaga, spinach, and turnips.

Zone 6

If you are in Zone 6, now is the time to plant arugula, cabbage, cauliflower, chives, collard greens, fava beans, garlic, kale, rutabaga, spinach, and turnips.

Zone 7

Don’t hang in the towel just yet for Zone 7, because there is still a lot of planting you can do in August. You can plant the following:

  • Arugula
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Chives
  • Collard greens
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard greens
  • Napa cabbage
  • Pak choi
  • Potato
  • Rutabaga
  • Squash
  • Turnip

Zone 8

Zone 8 can plant all the Zone 7 plants as well as Swiss chard.

Zone 9

There’s still some time for a few warm weather plants in Zone 9 this month! Here’s what you can plant in August:

  • Beans
  • Bell peppers
  • Brocolli
  • Cauliflower
  • Onion
  • Pumpkin
  • Salsify
  • Squash
  • Tomato
  • Turnip

Zone 9b can add lettuce and leeks to the line up as well.

Zone 10

Lots of options for Zone 10!

  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Chives
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Leeks
  • Onion
  • Pumpkin
  • Squash
  • Sweet corn
  • Turnip
  • Watermelon

Zone 10b can also plant collard greens.

Zone 11 and Zone 12

If you live in Zones 11 and 12 it’s too hot to plant much besides cucumbers.

Zone 13

Watermelon should be successful in Zone 13 when planted in August, but there aren’t many other options.

Even though most people don’t think about starting a garden in August, it’s not too late to start planting. Hopefully these lists gave you some idea of what to plant in your area. Happy gardening!

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