Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 3-4

August 1 to August 30-- Discover what you should be doing right now. Our experts share gardening advice, techniques, news, and ideas to make your garden the best ever.

Here’s what’s happening in your gardening region:

August is known for clear blue skies and very warm days. Zone 3 and 4 vegetable gardens have been yielding tomatoes, peppers, squashes, beans, carrots, chard and more! In fact, some gardeners are starting to be overwhelmed!


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1. Impress your guests with foods from your garden

It’s time to preserve the bounty. Impress your guests with food from your vegetable garden all year long. Preserving produce from your garden is economical as well as extra tasty! Gourmet cooks will appreciate the difference in quality and flavor. Serve something unique to guests.

2. Don't starve your plants

Don’t starve your vegetable and ornamental plants at the end of the season. Keep vegetable and ornamental plants producing at their full potential by fertilizing regularly throughout the growing season.

3. Second Summer Vegetable Garden

Second summer vegetable gardening will extend the harvest into late fall. Learn what to plant now. August is the perfect time to plant crops for a late season harvest. It’s like a second summer.

  • Second Summer Gardening In Zones 3 & 4
    Don’t stop gardening yet! Gardeners in zones 3 and 4 can also have a second season (or third!) with succession planting.
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  • Growing Spinach
    Quick and easy growing as both a spring crop and a fall crop. Deliciously tangy, fresh or cooked.
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  • All About Pansies

    Recommended for beginning gardeners. Especially when purchased as bedding plants, pansies are very easy to grow and require only a minimum of care to provide a very long flowering season.

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4. The Ultimate Reward

Harvesting herbs, vegetables, and fruit from the garden is exceptionally satisfying for gardeners. It’s the ultimate reward. Gardeners reap the rewards of their labor at harvest time. A few tools and supplies will make the job easy and satisfying:

  • Herb & Flower Drying Rack Kit , , large
  • Bean Frencher, , large
  • Book-Tomatoes, Basil & Garlic, , large

5. Fall Bulbs for Best Selection

Order fall bulbs early for best selection. Try some of Burpee’s very special spring blooming fall bulbs. Order soon!

  • Tulip, Humilis Helena, , large
  • Daffodil, Marieke , , large
  • Checkered Lily, Fritillaria meleagris, , large