With tomatoes, peppers, and so many other summer vegetables finally ready for harvest, it's time to get Fall harvest crops in the ground!
It’s the heat of August, but there’s still so much to do in your edible garden beds. It’s time to put in your fall and winter veggies and greens - either as seeds or plant starts.
Our favorite resource on year-round gardening in the Pacific Northwest is the Maritime Northwest Garden Guide. It has all the information you need about when to sow, when to plant, when to harvest, and when to do a whole bunch of other things in your edible garden. It’s the perfect resource for anybody who is a beginning, intermediate, or even advanced gardener new to the area. We reference this guide heavily and couldn’t recommend it more strongly!
Seeds and Starts for August Planting
Here are a couple of our favorites for sowing or planting in August.
- Frost & heat tolerant lettuces: Mesclun mix, Summer Crisp Ice Queen, Great Lakes, Butter lettuce, and other crisp head and Salanova style lettuces
- Swiss chard
- Pac choi
- Broccoli Romanesco
- Brussels sprouts
- Peas (everybody’s favorite)
Tips for Planting in the Heat
It’s a catch 22 - it’s time to plant veggies and greens for a Fall harvest this year, but these are cool-weather plants that can be damaged by too much sun.
One of the best tips is to plant in the shadow of your summer crops like tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini. This gives the delicate baby plants protection from the most extreme summer heat and sunshine, and by the time the summer crops are fully harvested for the season, the weather will have cooled enough for the fall and winter crops to be out on their own.