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A Fresh Start: Planting your Fall Vegetable Garden

Fall vegetable garden

Are the dog days of August getting you down? Just the thought of fall garden crops can be refreshing!

Figuring out what vegetables to plant in August is a piece of cake. Your county extension office has easy-to-follow lists and tips for fall garden crops. If the office is nearby, drop in. If not, you can find online information to help you decide what vegetables to plant in August. Or, just read the back of your seed packets! They have specific guidelines on which plants are the best choices for fall vegetable gardens.

Planting a fall vegetable garden allows your seeds to germinate in the warm soil of late summer and then to cool off for a long, productive growing season. While choices vary by climate, some of the vegetables to plant in August work for most parts of the country.

Any spring veggies that popped out when the temperatures climbed are good candidates when deciding what vegetables to plant in August. Create your dream fall vegetable garden with lettuce and other delicate greens such as bok choy and spinach that thrive in cooler temperatures. These varieties make fresh, welcome fall garden crops, along with radishes and micro-greens. They germinate quickly, so they can be re-seeded over a period of weeks for a continuous supply.

Carrots, parsnips, and turnips are great choices for vegetables to plant in August. Look for some fun, funky colors in these traditional veggies. They’ll get an early start, then grow and sweeten as the temperatures drop. In fact, they can often stay in the ground all winter in milder climates, continuing to produce well into the spring. Any of the cole crops—broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts are great fall garden crops. In some climates, fall and winter are the only seasons to get good results with these species.

So, harvest that salsa garden and scope out your seed catalogues with a cool drink. Choose the best vegetables to plant in August in your neck of the woods, and pick your favorite fall garden crops. A fresh start is right around the corner. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying fresh produce and that feeling of satisfaction that comes with a beautiful, delicious fall vegetable garden.