Welcome to my special gardening page for those of you who like to garden yourselves! Each week, I will make suggestions as to what gardening tasks we need to do during the growing season. It will help keep you on track--as well as myself!
To keep things simple, I am using the year's weekly number, Week #1 through #52 (example: the week of January 1 is Week #1), instead of specific dates.
So, come on! Let's get our hands dirty!
Seeds to Plant in August
There is still time to extend your growing season past the first frosts, by planting cool weather crops. Planting cool weather crops in warmer weather will make them germinate more quickly, but they will slow down as the weather cools and the days get shorter. Most of the cool weather vegetables will actually taste better and sweeter after they have been touched by frost. They will continue to produce until a really hard freeze. Some, like kale and chard, may survive the winter entirely, but they will bolt and set seed instead of producing leaves next year.
Kale, Spinach, Chard, Lettuces (any leafy green)
Leafy greens are great to plant now and through the fall. All of these will improve in flavor the cooler it gets, especially after a light frost.
Start seeds in seed trays or directly in the ground. Plant six to eight seeds per plug in trays or together in the ground. Harvest at desired size, by pulling up the entire group of plants at once. They can also be planted in between other plants in the garden.
Radishes are great to grow this time of year. They are such a fast crop, that you can get maybe three or four successions planted before it gets too cold for them. So, for the best quality, plant only a small batch at a time, a week apart for the next four to six weeks. Plant in groups of five or six, either directly in the ground or in plug trays.
Again, plant in groups of five or six (see radishes). Beets that are planted in the autumn have far superior flavor compared to spring planted plants.