UC Master Gardeners of Monterey & Santa Cruz Counties
University of California
UC Master Gardeners of Monterey & Santa Cruz Counties

Revised - What to Plant in August

Last week's planting guide was more appropriate for the southwest than our Central California climate. So here, for your reading pleasure, is a planting guide for August for Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. This information comes from a UC Agriculture and Natural Resources publication entitled "Vegetable Garden Planting Guide for Santa Cruz County."

Summer squash. Photo © Leora Worthington.
Crop Selected Varieties Seeds or Transplants?
Artichoke Green Globe Transplants
Basil Genovese, Lemon, Red Opal, Siam Queen Seeds
Beets Detroit Dark Red, Chioggia, Golden, Little Ball Seeds
Broccoli Green Goliath, Packman, Premium Crop, Waltham Transplants
Cabbage Early Jersey Wakefield, Express Red, Savoy Transplants
Carrots Chantenay, Nantes Types Seeds
Cauliflower Snowball Types Transplants
Edible Flowers Calendula, Johnny Jump Ups, Nasturtiums Seeds
Endive Batavian, Curled Types Seeds
Kohlrabi Early Purple Vienna, Early White Vienna Seeds
Leeks American Flag, Titan Seeds
Lettuce - Leaf       Black Seeded Simpson, Little Gem, Mesclun, Salad Bowl Seeds


Crop Selected Varieties Seeds or Transplants?
Mustard  Mizuna, Others Seeds
Parsnips  Hollow Crown Seeds
Peas, Garden Maestro, Lincoln Seeds
Peas, Snap Sugar Snap, Sugar Ann Seeds
Radishes Cherry Belle, French Breakfast, White Globe                  Seeds
Spinach Bloomsdale, Melody, Popeye Seeds
Squash - Summer Scallop, Yellow, Zucchini Seeds
Swiss Chard Bright Lights, Fordhook Giant, Rhubarb Seeds
Turnips Purple Top White Globe Seeds


Bell and sweet peppers. Photo © Leora Worthington.

Visit the California Garden Web for basic vegetable gardening information including planning your garden, preparing for planting, caring for your vegetable crops, and much much more! 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!

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 3:00 PM


Hi, I have a property on the hill near the middle school in Pacific Grove. I would like to plant some fruit trees, and wanted to inquire about which fruits do best there. I'm actually live in the East Bay so I'm unfamiliar to that micro climate.

Posted by Diana Stephens on August 8, 2017 at 8:58 AM

Hi Diana,  
I recommend you submit this question to our hotline: http://mbmg.ucanr.edu/hotline/. You can submit online and the volunteers who staff it will direct your question to the Master Gardeners that are best able to answer your question. Good luck!  

Reply by Kamille Hammerstrom on August 8, 2017 at 10:13 AM

Does this seriously mean I can plant summer squash by seed in August? It seems counter-intuitive.

Posted by Lucy Kemnitzer on August 22, 2017 at 4:18 PM

Hi Lucy,  
According to the Burpee website, http://www.burpee.com/gardenadvicecenter/vegetables/squash/all-about--squash/article10036.html, most summer squash varieties are ready to harvest in 50 days. Where I am in Prunedale I would have the warm temperatures squash needs to plant in August and harvest in late September. Your microclimate might be similar or could be different.  

Reply by Kamille Hammerstrom on August 22, 2017 at 4:51 PM

Leave a Reply

You are currently not signed in. If you have an account, then sign in now! Anonymously contributed messages may be delayed.

Security Code:

Webmaster Email: drdubbe@gmail.com