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Can I Plant a Garden in August?

    Maturity Dates

    • All vegetables have maturity dates, or time lines for maturing and bearing vegetables. Late summer plantings require plants that will mature and bear fruit before the first frost falls.

    Time Frame

    • Gardeners should plant their mid-summer or fall gardens at least two to three months before the first frost in their area, to ensure a fall harvest. August plantings are possible in areas that don't get frost until October or November.


    • Gardeners who won't get frost until November can plant long-season plants, such as tomatoes, peppers and beans in August. Gardeners who have shorter summers and get frost in September or October should plant shorter-season vegetables, such as carrots, radishes, squash and turnips.


    • Every garden should start with the right foundation, even if it supported plants earlier in the season. Gardeners should start an August garden with fresh organic compost and fertilizer for the soil, and use a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch after planting to protect soil moisture.

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