Homestead Backyard

What To Plant in August

The month of August, a time of great opportunity for planting and growing various crops. With the summer season in full swing and the sun shining bright, there are many options available to those who seek to cultivate a bountiful harvest. The month of August presents a unique chance to plant a diverse array of vegetables, fruits, and herbs that will thrive in the warm weather and produce a wealth of nourishing and delicious crops. Whether you have a small home garden or a large-scale farm, there are many choices to be made when it comes to selecting the right crops for this time of year. So, let us explore the possibilities and discover what to plant in August!

Vegetables Flowers Herbs
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard greens
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Turnips
  • Asters
  • Calendula
  • Chamomile
  • Cornflowers
  • Cosmos
  • Dahlias
  • Echinacea
  • Gaillardia
  • Marigolds
  • Pansies
  • Poppy
  • Rudbeckia
  • Snapdragons
  • Violas
  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Sage
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme

 

Tips for planting in August:

  • Choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil.
  • Amend the soil with compost or manure to improve drainage and fertility.
  • Plant seeds or transplants according to the package directions.
  • Keep the soil moist but not soggy.
  • Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every few weeks.
  • Protect plants from pests and diseases.

Pruning and training fruit trees in August:

  • Remove water sprouts and suckers. These are the vigorous shoots that grow from the roots or the base of the tree. They can shade the fruit and take away nutrients from the tree, so it’s best to remove them.
  • Thin out the canopy. This will allow more sunlight and air to reach the fruit, which will help it ripen better. To thin out the canopy, remove some of the older, thicker branches.
  • Head back the branches. This means cutting back the branches to a bud or a lateral branch. Heading back will encourage the tree to branch out more, which will lead to more fruit production.
  • Prune any dead, diseased, or damaged branches. This will help to prevent the spread of disease and keep the tree healthy.

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