Orange County August Planting Guide

August 1
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With the heat of August upon us, now is the time to begin preparation of our cool season garden.

The hot summer sun brings hearty vegetable yields and flowers in full color! Now is a great time to ensure your garden is receiving sufficient water and that no garden pests have made their way to your precious plants. It’s time to use our Orange County August planting guide to prepare for cooler weather. Consider placing an order for your cool season seeds from a local heirloom provider. Hardy vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, kale and radishes thrive in the cool season and the most dazzling varieties tend to sell out quickly! Don’t forget our suggested flower companion planting guide this month to bring more pollinators to your garden. Check out the Orange County August planting guide.

Planning a Summer Garden with Warm + Hot Season Plants

Orange County August planting guide
Orange County August planting guide
Orange County August planting guide

Here are a some great options for your August planting list:

Bareroot Berries, Carrots, Chard, Eggplant*, Peppers*, Potatoes, Radish (in partial shade), Malabar Spinach*, Pumpkins

Seeds to start for fall: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Endive,  Kale, Lettuces,

Herbs: Basil, Chives, Fennel, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Mint, Nasturtium, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Sweet Marjoram, Thyme

*Transplant Seedlings

Unique Heirloom Varieties to Plant this Season

Purple Sun Carrot from San Diego Seed Co

Purple Sun Carrots

from San Diego Seed Company

Purple Top White Globe Turnip

from Peaceful Valley

Purple Peacock Broccoli

from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Farmers Market Blend Greens from Botanical Interests

Farmer’s Market Blend

from Botanical Interests

Practice Companion Planting for Your Summer Garden

Scarlet Sage from San Diego Seed Co

Scarlet Sage

from San Diego Seed Company

Evening Colors Sunflower from Peaceful Valley

Evening Colors Sunflower

from Renee’s Garden

Double Diamond Pearl Yarrow from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Double Diamond
Pearl Yarrow

from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Allure Sweet Alyssum from Botanical Interests

Allure Sweet Alyssum

from Botanical Interests

Here are a some great companion plants for your August planting list:

Alyssum, Bachelor Buttons, Borage, Marigolds, Pansy, Salvia, Scabiosas, Sunflower, Viola, Yarrow, Zinnias

Companion planting is a very old-world, organic gardening method rooted in creating a diverse ecosystem of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers grown int he same space. As a result of inter-planting, you’ll create a more habitable environment for plants, improve soil health, and reduce the resources needed to grow sustainable amounts of produce.

Consider inter-planting some herbs with your fruits and vegetables this year to attract more pollinators and help keep pesky bugs at bay.

With a long and tenured history, the practice of companion planning was primarily practiced by home gardeners who weren’t driven solely by efficient outputs. However, as the impact of climate change grows and concerns over the use of pesticides for health increase, more and more gardeners (both home and commercial) are starting to implement the practice of companion planting.

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