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Sunday Food: August Planting


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Fortunately this has been another kind of summer and the heat not building to a scorcher here in the center of the country, and I understand it’s downright chilly in parts of it.  This might be the year for you to tend the garden instead of forget it, as I usually did by late July.

For many northern gardeners, the focus will be on fast-maturing cool season crops for fall (as well as planning for winter gardening, if you have a low tunnel or greenhouse to grow in). Southern gardeners, though still dealing with high temperatures, can start looking forward to some relief as well.

Below are lists, by U.S. region, of which vegetables and herbs you can plant in August. Unless specifically listed as “transplants” the items in this list can be direct-sown in your garden this month.

Northern U.S. and Southern Canada

Central U.S./Midwest

  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Broccoli (Transplants)
  • Brussels sprouts (Transplants)
  • Cabbage (Transplants)
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower (Transplants)
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Collard greens
  • Kale
  • Mustard greens
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Turnips

The thought of fall vegetables is a good one, and I am hopeful you can get another round out of your work to build up that soil that grew your spring salad delights.

Chard and spinach are particular favorites of mine.   As I’ve been traveling this has been a hands off year for me, and I do hope you’ve all had success with your planting.   This time of year, the stores are so full of reasonably priced fresh veggies that I have to remind myself that there’s fresh stuff right out there in the garden.

(Picture courtesy of Karen Elliott at

Imaginative use of space for garden

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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.