Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 7-8

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.

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August, and the summer temperatures continue along with last minute vacations before the kids head back to school. In the garden there is plenty to do outside but inside is a better place to start your fall vegetable garden.

 

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Kate is an avid veggie gardener and writer.
She is a board member of the Garden Writer's Association. She authored 2 books: The Downsized Veggie Garden (Feb 2016) and New York & New Jersey Month by Month Gardening (Aug 2016).

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1. Start a Fall Garden

1. Fall is sometimes called the forgotten garden season but it starts well before fall – particularly for starting seeds for fall veggies. Cool weather lettuce and cabbages do not germinate well in 90-degree weather! Learn how to maximize your fall vegetable garden as well as add some fall color.

 

2. Great New Varieties for Fall Planting

2. Each year, Burpee introduces new varieties to try in the garden and this fall is no exception. New beets, kales and lettuce varieties are just some of the things to try.

 

  • Beet, Avalanche Hybrid, , large
  • Kale, Prizm Hybrid, , large
  • Lettuce, Dynamite, , large

3. Harvesting Vegetables

3. From mid-summer all the way to the first frost, your vegetable garden will be in full production. Find out when to tell how ripe your crop is and when it is ripe enough to harvest.

4. Fall Flowers

4. There is more to fall than just ornamental cabbages and pansies. Colorful asters, sedums and solidago are just some of the flowers that come into bloom at the end of summer and continue all they through the first frost.

 

  • Sedum
    Sedum
    Sedum is a hardy perennial that features thick, succulent leaves, fleshy stems, and clusters of star-shaped flowers that bloom in late summer and fall.
  • Solidago
    Solidago
    Fluffy clusters of tiny bright to deep golden yellow flowers, which appear atop stems with narrow, medium to dark green foliage, can dominate the late-summer landscape in open fields. Solidago has a wonderful, subtle fragrance.
  • Asters
    Asters
    Asters are invaluable for fall color in borders and for naturalizing in wildflower meadows. They also make beautiful cut flowers.

5. Harvesting Helpers

5. Every job is easier with the right tool. Harvesting your vegetables and picking summer blooms for a vase are easier with the right clippers and baskets.

 

  • Burpee's Garden Hod, , large
  • Straight Blade Pruning Shear, , large
  • Tufftotes Gardening Bucket - 7 Gallon, , large