August is a wonderful month of harvesting, but it can also be a planting month. Especially if you’re growing cooler weather crops, August is the perfect time to plant. If you live in a warmer region, August can be your planting friend as your herbs and vegetables await the cooler months. Because August is a time of harvest, you’ll have plenty of space to plant new herbs and veggies, as well as clean up the garden a bit. Just because summer is over doesn’t mean planting season has to be! Today we’ll show you what to plant in August – a vegetable & herb planting guide.

What to Plant in August

For many gardeners, planting in august can have a big advantage. Because most fruits, vegetables, and herbs have finished their growing season, or are about to, you’ll have more space and a lot of leftover soil and fertilizers. For some regions though, it may be a good idea to plant in pots or containers, especially if the weather can turn quickly. That way, pots and containers can be safely moved to a sheltered area indoors or a covered patio.

The list below will be specific to each area in the US and does not include transplants. This means that all of the herbs and vegetables listed below can be directly sown in your area.

To learn more about how to plant/grow a specific herb or vegetable, simply click the link.

What to Plant in the Central U.S./Midwest in August

carrot harvest

Arugula
Beets
Carrots
Cauliflower
Chinese cabbage
Collard greens
Kale
Mustard greens
Peas
Radishes
Spinach
Swiss Chard
Turnips

What to Plant in New England and the Mid-Atlantic Region in August

harvested turnips

Arugula
Beets
Carrots
Lettuce
Mache
Mustard greens
Peas
Radishes
Spinach
Turnips

What to Plant in the North Central U.S., Rocky Mountains in August

kale in containers

Arugula
Beets
Kale
Lettuce
Mache
Radishes
Spinach
Turnips

What to Plant in the Pacific Northwest in August

swiss chard in pots

Arugula
Beets
Carrots
Cilantro
Collard greens
Lettuce
Mache
Mustard greens
Radishes
Spinach
Swiss Chard
Turnips

What to Plant in the Southeast/Gulf Coast Region in August

cucumber harvest

Basil
Beans
Beets
Carrots
Cilantro
Collard greens
Cucumber
Dill
Lettuce
Mustard greens
Potatoes
Radishes
Spinach
Summer Squash

 

What to Plant in the Southwest in August

basil in a garden

Basil
Beans
Beets
Carrots
Cilantro
Corn
Cucumber
Dill
Lettuce
Radishes
Spinach
Swiss Chard
Turnips

Happy Planting!

what to plant in august