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
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.