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WHAT TO PLANT IN
August

Mid-Atlantic Region

 

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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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Issue #58, July/August 1979

 

Photo: Tomato hornworm bearing cocoons of beneficial 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 Mid-Atlantic Gardening:

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Here are the Top Ten crops for Mid-Atlantic gardens, 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: Mid-Atlantic Region

 1. Slicing tomato
 2. Sweet pepper
 3. Cherry tomato
 4. Pole snap bean
 5. Bush snap bean
 6. Garlic
 7. Potato
 8. Snow/snap pea
 9. Summer squash
 10. Bulb onion

 

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family:  Broccoli, cabbage, collards, kale, kohlrabi 

Cucumber family:  Cucumber, winter squash 

Leafy greens: Arugula, chard, lettuce, mache, mustard (all types), pac choi, sorrel, spinach 

Legumes:  Asparagus/yard-long bean, bush lima bean, dry soup bean, edamame, peas (all types), Southern pea

Root crops:  Parsnip, radish, rutabaga, shallot, sunchoke, turnip 

Tomato family:  Eggplant, peppers (all types), tomatillo, tomato (all types)

Miscellaneous:  Asparagusleek, okra, scallions, sweet corn 

VEGETABLES and HERBS 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Beet 

  

XXX 

 
Broccoli      XXX 
Brussels sprouts       XXX 

Cabbage  

 

  

XXX 

Carrot 

  

XXX 

 
Cauliflower       XXX 
Cilantro    XXX   
Collards     XXX   
Endive 

  

XXX 

 

Fennel, bulb 

 

 XXX   XXX 

Kale 

 

XXX 

XXX 

Kohlrabi    XXX  XXX 

Lettuce 

XXX 

XXX  

XXX 

Mustard    XXX   
Parsley  XXX  XXX  XXX 
Peas    XXX   

Radishes 

  

XXX 

 

Rutabaga 

  

XXX 

 

Scallion (green onion)  

  

XXX  

XXX 

Spinach 

  

XXX 

 

Turnip 

  

 XXX    

COVER CROPS 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Alfalfa    XXX   

Buckwheat 

  XXX    

Crimson clover  

  XXX    
Hairy vetch    XXX   
Mustard     XXX    

Oats 

  

 XXX 

  

Radish     XXX    
Sunflower     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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