There’s a time in late summer when the garden gets wilty – perhaps some plants get yellow, and others are done with their production for the year. August can be an excellent time to start over in some ways – re-planting in the spots that are no longer productive. After all, why not go for a second round of harvest? If you plant in august, you’ll have produce well into the cool autumn days.
Here is a list of veggies to plant in August, so you can enjoy a healthy harvest for this second half of the season.
This colorful root crop is great for canning, pickling, and it’s a long-time favorite in salads. Collect them from the garden when their stalks are 4-6 inches tall, to ensure that the root doesn’t get too woody.
It’s easy to serve up a delicious plate of broccoli, and that’s lucky, because nutritionists consider broccoli a superfood. Novice broccoli growers might be surprised to discover that the broccoli in their gardens end up being much smaller than the selection at the grocery store – that’s because broccoli does best in cool-seasons and needs just the right conditions.
Some of us love pickling cabbage, and others make some killer sauerkraut. Once you grow cabbage, you’ll gain new appreciation for this delicious food, popular in eastern European and Chinese dishes. Harvest when the head of cabbage is full-size and firm when you squeeze it. Cut it off from the root with a sharp knife.
Cauliflower does best in cooler temperatures, making it perfect for an august transplant. In most locations, it’s best to plant 90 days before the first fall frost so the plant will mature in cooler weather.
Few foods are as good for you as kale, as many studies have pointed out that eating a cup of kale (and other leafy greens per day) can help protect your brain from aging. It’s a great vegetable for cold-weather cooking, and it goes great in soups, salads, and steamed vegetable dishes.
Brussels Sprouts grown from home are utterly delicious, with a sweeter, nuttier flavor than those found in the grocery store. Their thick trunks grow 2-3 feet high in the garden, and each plant may produce up to 50 – 100 sprouts. Harvest by cutting the sprouts off with a sharp knife when they get to be 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter.
Stop on by to Stockslagers to pick up your transplants today! You’ll enjoy a healthy autumn harvest to enjoy into the colder months. And remember, we have seeds that are perfect for August planting as well, including peas, radishes, spinach, and turnips. So stop on by to discover what you can add to your garden before closing it up for winter.