What To Plant In August

August 5, 2015

August is the least productive season in Central Texas … in almost every single way. And this is for sure true when it comes to gardening. There are a few vegetables that you can get going, but for the most part, ’tis the season to ride out the last of the tomatoes and peppers and just give the soil a freaking break.

It’s also a good month to plant seeds for the fall. I’m cleaning out beds and the garden, cutting back all the overgrown and now frying plants and getting ready for what’s next.


Seeds I’m planting this weekend in seed starter pots: broccoli, cauliflower, winter squash, kale, collards and varied greens. Find a place for them to grow that’s not too hot, but has bright sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon.


Beyond seeds, there just aren’t a ton of great things to start in August (September is a banner month, so save up for that.) But you can still start Sweet Potatoes for a few more weeks and Celery as well. Corn is good to start this month (from seed, directly into the ground) and it’s so pretty when it grows in the fall. Throw a scarecrow in it and you are full on for Fall for sure.

I mainly save August for herb freshen ups and starting seeds in seed starters. I always make sure I have plenty of Basil and Sage growing by now because basil = pesto (which is totally a Fall thing for me) and sage = sage butter and/or Thanksgiving dressing deluxe. So make sure that stuff gets going. Now’s as good a time as ever.


Mostly it’s a great month to be lazy. To gather your peppers and tomatoes while you may. And make a lot of salsa, to be consumed near a large body of water, if at all possible. Enjoy the fleeting summer and take a nap. You deserve it.

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  • Reply Stacey August 12, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks for this post! I live in south ATX…
    Do you plant sweet potatoes and celery in the ground now or in seed starting pots? Also, do you keep the planted seed starters inside in a bright window or do they need to be outside? It is soooooo hot, even in shade. (as you know…)
    Thanks! I’m trying to learn! BTW – so picking up some Topo Chico and a watermelon on the way home! 🙂

    • Laura Harrison Mayes
      Reply Laura August 13, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Yep. Directly in the ground. The links on both (sweet potatoes, celery) take you to a Farmer’s Almanac site that will give a lot more specific information and tips. Good luck!

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