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WHAT TO PLANT IN
August

Maritime Canada and
New England

 

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"It should have been obvious all along that no species can really overpower nature without disrupting the entire planet’s ecosystems and food chains. Yet that kind of domination is exactly what we humans are still trying to achieve, and is responsible for the many, many ecological problems that are beginning to manifest themselves."

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Photo: Tomato hornworm bearing cocoons of parasitic braconid wasps

To read more about what to plant in other months and regions, visit our What to Plant Now home page.

For planting times specific to your zip code, check out the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner. 

 

 

Top Crops for Maritime Canada and New England:
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Here are the Top Ten crops for Martime Canada and New England, 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: Maritime Canada and New England

1. Carrot
2. Cherry tomato
3. Cucumber
4. Slicing tomato
5. Summer squash
6. Bulb onion
7. Bush snap bean
8. Pole snap bean
9. Lettuce
10. Garlic
 

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family: Broccolikale, kohlrabi 

Cucumber family:  Winter squash 

Leafy greens:  Arugulamache, mustard (all types), pac choi, sorrel, spinach 

Legumes:  Dry soup beans, edamame, Peas (snow, shell, snap) 

Root crops:  Beetsparsnip, potatoesrutabaga, shallot, sunchokes

Tomato family:  Peppers, tomatillo, tomato (all types)

Miscellaneous:  Asparagusleekrhubarbscallions, sweet corn 

VEGETABLES 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Arugula     XXX   
Beets    XXX   
Broccoli       XXX 
Brussels sprouts       XXX 

Cabbage  

 

  

XXX 

Celery      XXX 

Carrot 

  

XXX 

  
Cauliflower       XXX 
Chinese cabbage       XXX 
Endive      XXX 
Kale 

 

    XXX 
Kohlrabi    XXX  XXX 

Leek  

 

  

XXX 

Lettuce 

 

XXX 

XXX 

Mache 

  

 XXX    
Mustard    XXX   

Radishes 

  

XXX 

  

Scallion (green onion)  

  

  

XXX 

Spinach    XXX   

Turnip 

   XXX   

COVER CROPS 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Beans, bush 

  XXX   

Buckwheat 

  XXX    
Mustard    XXX   
Oats, spring     XXX    
Radish    XXX   

Rye, winter 

  

 XXX 

 


RESOURCES

* To learn more about when to sow seeds (indoors and outdoors) or when to transplant your seedlings to the garden, see: Know When to Plant What: Find Your Average Last Spring Frost Date.

* To learn more about how to start seeds, check out Seed-starting Basics. For a primer on how to transplant seedlings, see Garden Transplanting: Expert Advice.

* Find garden seeds from great mail-order companies with our Plant and Seed Finder.

* Learn more about high-quality seeds and great seed companies in Best Seeds for a Bigger, Better Garden and Best Garden Seed Companies, or through our seed company directory

* You might also try swapping seeds locally.

* For tips on growing everything from apples to zucchini, see our Organic Gardening homepage.

 





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