Vegetables to plant in August

I have to say, in a way I am thrilled it’s August but also feel a tinge of dread.  This is because, here in zone 8b, we are now officially into the second summer garden stage, yet August is normally the hottest month for us.   The month of July was not as hot as normal, due to the fact we had rain nearly every day with a total of 19 inches for the month.  I think I watered my garden one time all month, and even that watering was unnecessary as it rained shortly after I watered.  So far no real rain here in August, so hopefully we’ll get a reprieve from the rain, but I know, be careful what you wish for.  I think tomorrow I will have to water as things are beginning to look like they need it.

This is my first day off this month so I should be out in the garden, yet haven’t managed to make myself brave the heat and go and do just that.   Thankfully, I took advantage of a few of those rainy days in July and prepared my beds.  So maybe this evening when it cools a bit I will head out and plant my seeds.

Here is the list of  vegetables to plant in August.

Vegetables to plant in August for zone 8b:

beans, bush and pole
lima beans
southern peas
summer squash
winter squash

As you can see, the top part of the list is summer veggies we can have a second go at, and the bottom is the start of the winter  veggies.  I have read  that it is good  to start the broccoli and cauliflower seeds indoors, as it is too hot for them to germinate outside.


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3 Responses to Vegetables to plant in August

  1. Carole says:

    I heard on the weather report this evening that this hot weather is keeping the hurricanes away, so I’ll just plant myself on the porch with a tall glass of ice tea and appreciate the heat.

    I planted broccoli seeds in flats early last week and up-potted them today. I left them in full sun and they did just fine.

    • Charlotte says:

      I hadn’t heard that about the hurricanes. Makes me not quite so upset about the heat. We are so water logged any tropical system could be really bad for us. Thanks for the info on your broccoli. I started mine in trays and will go ahead and put it out in the sun.

  2. wendy says:

    yup I really need to get organized too!! Looks like you’re going to be busy!

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