What vegetables can I plant in August? It seems like such a short time ago that I was asking that question about July. Yet, here we are. Do you still want to plant veggies for an fall vegetable harvest? Or or maybe you want a winter vegetable harvest or even an early spring vegetable harvest. It’s not too late, there are still some thing that you can plant, even cover crops like this gorgeous crimson clover.
Previously I suggested looking up exact planting date information about from your local Cooperative Extension due to the fact that planting dates can be different for different climates. The same is still true, although now we are going to find mostly cool weather crops are the only ones you can plant.
In my area I’m finding that vegetables ones that I can plant in the Willamette Valley Oregon in August are:
Cover crops, kale, Brussels sprouts, turnips, parsnips, parsley, peas, cabbage, broccoli, kohlrabi, leaf lettuce, onions, mustard, fava beans, endive. I could even try some others if I wanted to build a cold frame. (I would love to have one.)
I don’t plan on starting anything now, but don’t let that stop you. I do, however, plan to plant some crimson clover as a cover crop. It is so pretty when it blooms, and it is nitrogen fixing, too. And I might consider some onions.
Now, just to update you on the vegetables I planted in July. The beans are a foot and a half tall. The cucumbers were taken in one night by slugs (except for two lonely plants). And the carrots are coming along nicely. I had not planned to plant any lettuce, but a packet of arugula called to me, so I scattered the seeds in the container that had contained some spent lettuce. Well, the arugula did not get toasted in the July sun, and the lettuce actually came back to life and is growing like gang busters. Lucky me.
Well, that’s it. These are vegetables I can plant in August in my home garden, if I want to, in my Zone 8 Willamette Valley Oregon garden. This is the general type of things that you can plant, but for more exact information, be sure to check with your local Cooperative Extension.