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We explain to you what to grow in August in the vegetable garden or in the garden, from sowing to work to be done to ensure abundant harvests.
It is said thatAugustis a month of transition and it is partly true: the harvests of sowing started in the previous months and the arrival of September is expected for the autumn harvesting sowing ... then you can't cultivate anything in August in the garden? Don't worry, the garden never rests and even in this month you can start cultivating something.
What to grow in August
Choose the sowing periodright is not easy because it all depends on where you want to grow your garden. I'll give you an example, if you live in the mountainous areas of northern Italy you can go until the month of August to plant thistles. This sowing period is completely unthinkable for those who live in Southern Italy who will have to stop sowing the thistle as early as June.
What if yes sowing out of period?
The sowing in August certainly they will sprout in a short time, they will need a lot of water and, with the right irrigation, vegetables should thrive quickly ... but there is a counterpart: due to the heat and the imminent climate change linked to the arrival of autumn, the crop cycle will be shorter, so you won't be able to enjoy long-term harvests as you would by growing the same vegetable in May-June. This speech is general, we have taken the thistle as an example but it is valid for all crops.
What to sow in August
The vegetables that are best suited to be grown in August monthand which are less sensitive to the phenomenon described above because they have a development that adapts to the climate change of the summer - autumn season, are:
- Turnip greens
- Rocket salad
- Black cabbage
- Chicory for cutting
- Chard from the coast
- Brussels sprouts
Theresowing, considering the temperatures, it can be done in the open field (in practice you can sow directly in the vegetable garden or in the garden) taking care to keep the soil moist (by spraying it and not irrigating it by flooding the field otherwise you will move the seeds) and above all by being careful to get rid of the weeds that thrive this time of year!
What to plant in August
Throughout Italy, you canplanting in the vegetable garden or in the gardenall the vegetables listed in the paragraph dedicated tosowing in August. In this case you will have to prepare some furrows and plant the plant equipped with earthen bread.
Those who live in southern Italy can proceed with the planting of courgettes, aubergines, peppers, green beans and tomatoes, using plants already developed and purchased from the nursery. These crops will continue until October and, with favorable weather conditions, they will be able to continue until the beginning of November, but no further. Also in the South, you can continue to plant remontant strawberries with a good tolerance to cold, a variety that you will harvest until November - December.
Vegetable garden in August: what is harvested
THEharvests of Augustthey are very numerous. If you are wondering what are the typical seasonal vegetables and vegetables of this month, you will find a great variety of vegetables. Here is a short list that testifies to the abundance of the crop of August in the garden:
- Green beans
- Chili Peppers
- Summer squash
Vegetable garden: what to plant month by month
To keep up with thesowing in the garden month by month, we recommend that you read our guides on what to plant in the different months of the year.
- What to grow in January
- What to sow in February
In practice, all the vegetables that you are going to plant in the months of March and April can be sown in a protected environment. Between February and March you can sow the artichokes which you will then go and harvest from autumn until the following summer.
- What to sow in March
- What to sow in April
- What to sow in May
- What to grow in June
- What to grow in July
- What to grow in August (current number)
- What to grow in September
- What to grow in October
- What to grow in November
- What to grow in December
Every month they cancultivatelot ofvegetables and greensFurthermore, with sowing in a protected environment (in practice if you want to sow in a jar at home, in a bright and above all airy place) you can anticipate any cultivation by shortening the germination and planting times. In thevegetable garden in August the problem is the opposite: it is not the low temperatures that are limiting but the excessive heat that forces you to keep the soil constantly moist with abundant irrigation.
Another problem that arises for those who want start the garden in August, with sowing, lies in competition: your seeds will have to compete for space and nutrients with much more resistant weeds that thrive in the garden in August. It is one thing to make well-developed plants compete, it is quite another to sow in the garden in August! The photo above shows small sprouts of purslane, this spontaneous herb is excellent in salads but with its taproot roots it is difficult to remove from the garden and in August it can cause problems. Make sure you keep the vegetable garden and garden clean and safe from weeds. With careful maintenance, you can plant all the varieties mentioned in the articles on cwhat to sow and what to grow in July and June.