Top 13 Vegetables to Plant in August

Beets:The sweetest beets happen when planted in full sunshine, so keep this in mind when mapping out your fall garden. 

Carrots:Thriving in full sunshine and rich, organic soil, carrots germinate best as temperatures start to cool.

Cucumbers: Cucumbers need full sunshine and healthy watering throughout their growing season. Some cucumber varieties mature faster than others.

Kale:Kale and chard have extremely similar growing techniques, both of which prefer temperatures as they cool down. It’s surprisingly easy to overwinter a kale plant with proper protection.

Cabbage:You can plant cabbage seeds during the month of August with a great deal of success, depending on the variety. Most cabbage plants thrive in full sunshine.

Lettuce:Sowing lettuce seeds anytime during the month of August tends to lead to success, but check your local Hardiness Zone to ensure this. 

Kohlrabi:There are a surprising number of kohlrabi varieties, allowing you to choose something that suits your region best. Similarly to many other crops on this list, kohlrabi thrives in colder temperatures .

Spinach: spinach does best in slightly cooler temperatures than the average August has to offer. However, with protection, you can start your spinach seeds during this month.

Broccoli:Another cool-weather crop that needs a bit of patience has to be broccoli. When planted from seed, broccoli thrives in full sunshine. 

Turnips:Depending on your region, you may be able to get multiple turnip harvests if you plant in the month of August. Thriving in mild temperatures, turnips enjoy full sunshine and loamy soil. 

Chard:Another leafy green to consider growing during fall is chard. Swiss chard and other chard varieties thrive in the slightly cooler temperatures offered by September and October.

Peas:There’s plenty of time for a pea plant harvest during the fall! Typically thriving in the milder temperatures of early spring, most varieties of pea plants can still make it through fall. 

Rutabaga:Your Hardiness Zone will help you determine whether or not you can grow rutabagas successfully. Similar in flavor to turnips, rutabagas need an average of 3 months to mature, most of which need to be cold.

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