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WHAT TO PLANT IN
August

North Central and Rockies Region

 

North Central and Rockies Gardening Region map new 


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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."

 The Plowboy Interview: Robert van den Bosch 

 Issue #58, July/August 1979

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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 the North Central and Rockies Region
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Here are the Top Ten crops for the North Central and Rockies Region, 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: North Central and Rockies

1. Bulb onion
2. Cherry tomato
3. Carrot
4. Spinach
5. Snow/snap pea
6. Lettuce
7. Bush snap bean
8. Slicing tomato
9. Potato
10. Radish
 

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family:  Cabbage, collards, kale 

Cucumber family:  Cucumberpumpkinsummer squash, winter squash 

Leafy greens:  Arugula, chard, Chinese cabbage, mache, mustard (all types), pac choi, sorrel 

Legumes:  Dry soup bean, fava bean, shell peas 

Root crops: Beet, garlic, parsnip, shallot, sunchokes

Tomato family: Tomatillo

Miscellaneous:  Asparagus, leek, rhubarb, scallion 


VEGETABLES 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Arugula    XXX   
Beet    XXX   

Kale 

 

 XXX 

XXX 

Kohlrabi      XXX 

Lettuce 

 

XXX 

 

Mache    XXX   

Radish  

 

 XXX 

 

Scallion (green onion)      XXX 
Spinach    XXX   
Turnip    XXX   

COVER CROPS 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Buckwheat 

  XXX    

Mustard 

  XXX   

Oats 

  XXX    

Radishes 

   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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