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What to plant in August

We're revisiting a post from a few years ago by PaulMcCollum. Thanks, Paul! Don't forget to subscribe to our blog so that you receive an email notification when a new post goes up. If you have questions, contact us online, by phone or in person to get answers to your gardening quandaries!

To all the lovely people,

Here are the recommendations from Mother Earth News of what to plant in our region for the month of August. I am preparing my cabbage bed now for transplanting cabbage starts in about three weeks. Write me if you have any garden questions. 


Top Crops for the Southwest Region:

Here are the Top Ten crops for the Southwest region, followed by other recommended crops, as rated in our National Survey of Most Productive Garden Crops. (The criteria for selection include ease of culture, efficient use of garden space and time, ease of storage and desirability at the table.) The recommended crops are sorted by plant family to help you plan rotations so that the same plant families are not grown consecutively in the same area, as much as possible.

Top 10 Crops: Southwest Region

1. Potato
2. Garlic
3. Cherry tomato
4. Bulb onion
5. Slicing tomato
6. Carrot
7. Summer squash
8. Snow/snap pea
9. Paste tomato
10. Sweet peppers

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family:  Kale, kohlrabi 

Cucumber family:  Cucumberpumpkin, winter squash 

Leafy greens:  Arugula, chard, Chinese cabbage, mache, lettuce, pac choi, spinach 

Legumes:  Dry soup beans, edamame, fava bean, snap beans, snow/snap and shell peas, Southern peas

Root crops:  Beetradish, rutabaga, shallot, sunchoke, sweet potato 

Tomato family:  Eggplant, peppers (all types), tomatillo

Miscellaneous: Bulb fennel, leek, okra, rhubarb, scallions 

Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 3:00 PM


Hey, I have to say I don't agree with many of these picks for the Santa Cruz / Monterey area. Here is a much more regionally accurate list : http://cesantacruz.ucanr.edu/files/130451.pdf  
This list is clearly meant for the Southwest desert areas. I would never plant tomatoes, eggplant or peppers this time of year. Summer squash is dicey because it may begin to mildew just as the fruit is coming on as the nights get cooler. I think August is early for planting carrots and salad greens unless it's done in shade.  
August WOULD be the time I would start cabbage family plants like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage from seed in flats for transplanting in Sept/Oct.

Posted by Delise M Weir on July 25, 2017 at 8:00 AM

I question using Mother Earth News as a resource over the California Master Gardener Handbook.

Posted by Ben Moore on July 25, 2017 at 8:45 AM

Hi Ben,  
Yes, you are right. As the person running the blog I was recycling an old post and it appears not to be appropriate for our region. Sorry about that. I will do better in the future.  

Reply by Kamille Hammerstrom on July 25, 2017 at 8:48 AM

Hi Delise,  
Yes, you are correct. I was trying to recycle an old post to have something new up on the blog but it was a poor choice. Thanks for the link to a better list for what we in the Central Coast region should be planting in August.  

Reply by Kamille Hammerstrom on July 25, 2017 at 8:50 AM

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