There's plenty of time to keep gardening!
For much of the country, the growing season is in high gear with temperatures soaring and gardens overflowing with their bounty. While you may think it’s too late to sow anything else this year, that’s simply not so! You still can plant some short-season edibles and other ornamentals to refresh faded flower beds. For edibles, pay attention to how long it takes them to mature to decide if you really do have enough time for a harvest before frost. Check with your local university coop extension service (find yours here) to find the first expected frost date in your area, then count backwards. So, if your first frost is usually mid-October, and the seed package or plant tag says an edible is “45 days to maturity,” you likely still have time for a harvest—especially plants that prefer cooler weather, such as greens. If your flower pots and beds are looking shaggy, it’s also a good time to add perennials that will have time to establish root systems before winter. And no matter what you plant now, keep watering during dry spells!
Typically, here’s what you can plant in August: