to Keep Your Garden Growing Through Fall
What to Plant
These are easy plants to grow; the biggest issue some kale growers might have is keeping the soil damp in hot climates.
1. Kale (Brassica oleracea)
These plants are great for pollinators, and deer don’t care for them too much, making them a must-have for the autumn garden bed.
2. Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta)
3. Mint (Mentha piperita or M. spicata L.)
Cleome’s dried flower heads are also a food source for birds in the fall, which can be a real treat for backyard bird watchers.
4. Cleomes (Cleome hassleriana)
You can start harvesting once they become a usable size, which is possible in as few as 3 weeks after August planting.
5. Radishes (Raphanus sativus var. radicula)
Start your broccoli seeds indoors in July if you want them planted in the garden for August.
7. Broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica)
8. Marigolds (Tagetes erecta)
Experienced gardeners time their cucumber planting between pest life cycles, making August a great time for their second planting (or a first if you’re late to the party).
9. Cucumbers (Cucumis sativus)
These greens grow best when planted in soil temperatures between 45 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
10. Spinach (Spinacia oleracea)
When planting these flowers for a fall crop, transplanting gives them a head start to establish themselves in a basket, container, or bed.
11. Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus)
12. Turnips (Brassica rapa, Rapifera group)
Fertilize them monthly and remove the spent flowers to keep them growing as long as possible.
13. Violas (Viola spp.)
Try to plant it early in the month to give it time to harden off before fall.
14. Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus)
Mums are relatively easy to grow in the garden, happy in any well-draining garden soil used for vegetables, with about 6 hours of sunlight daily.
15. Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum spp.)
Sedum is great for pollinators, container gardens, bed borders, and more.
17. Sedum (Sedum spp.)
18. Spring Cabbage (Brassica oleracea, Capitata group)
They like full or partial sun, moist, well-draining soils, and a bit of mulch to keep them from becoming too warm in the August heat.
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