August is Perfect for Seeding a Second Crop of Vegetables!

cabbage and cauliflower fresh harvested in a basket

Start Vegetable Seeds Soon for Fresh Produce This Fall! 

August is a great time to seed a 2nd crop of vegetables and with cooler temperatures and less weed pressure, fall gardening can be easier. Certain vegetables thrive in a cooler climate and can provide a bountiful harvest in the fall. Here’s a guide on what to start by seed in August or transplant in September for the most common fall crops. 

Best Vegetables for Fall: 
  • Leafy Greens: Spinach, lettuce, kale, and Swiss chard are ideal for fall planting. They grow quickly and can tolerate cooler temperatures. 
  • Root Vegetables: Carrots, beets, radishes, and turnips are excellent choices for fall. They tend to become sweeter with the cooler weather and make great additions to homemade soups and stews when the chilly weather sets in! 
  • Brassicas: Broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts can be started now for a late fall harvest. 
  • Legumes: Peas can be planted again too. They prefer cooler weather and produce a good crop before the first frost. If planted early enough, beans can also provide a quick crop if protected from an early cold snap.


Vegetables grown by The Mill
Tips for a Successful Fall Garden: 
  • Soil Preparation: Enrich your soil with compost, organic matter or fertilizer to replenish nutrients used by earlier crops. 
  • Watering: Consistent watering is crucial, especially during the hot days of late summer. Water the root zone not the plant tops to reduce fungal diseases. 
  • Mulching: Use straw, organic matter, compost or mulch to cool and retain moisture in soil. 
  • Frost Protection: Use row covers or cold frames to protect your crops from early frosts if needed. 



Planting Time 

Days to Harvest 



Early Aug 

40-50 days 

Prefers cooler temperatures, mulch well 


Early-Mid Aug 

30-60 days 

Succession plant every 2 weeks for continuous harvest 


Early Aug 

50-70 days 

Can tolerate frost, sweetens with cold 

Swiss Chard 

Early Aug 

50-60 days 

Harvest leaves as needed 


Early Aug 

70-80 days 

Ensure consistent moisture 


Early Aug 

50-60 days 

Harvest greens and roots 


Early-Late Aug 

25-30 days 

Quick growing, plant in succession 


Early-Mid Aug 

50-60 days 

Use both greens and roots 


Early August 

70-100 days 

Protect from frost with row covers 


Early August 

70-100 days 

Requires consistent moisture 

Brussels Sprouts 

Early August 

90-120 days 

Best after a light frost 


Early August 

60-70 days 

Trellis for support 


Starting a garden by seed takes longer but is an economical and gratifying way to have fresh, healthy produce. If transplanting seedlings, you can wait until early September. By following the planting chart, you can enjoy fresh homegrown produce this fall. The Mill has gardening experts ready to answer your questions and provide solutions for your yard or plant challenges! Fall is for Planting! 🌱 

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