The Vegetable Garden

Zones 9-10 Garden Calendar and Monthly Garden Tips - Aug - Dec

August

  • Direct sow seeds of cucumber, onion, pepper, southern peas, pumpkin, turnips, and watermelon. Select varieties that mature early in order to produce before the temperature gets too cool. Watch for pests and provide water when needed.
  • Harvest Spring-planted garlic when the tops are yellow and withered. Dig the bulbs and allow to dry in a well ventilated area out of direct sun.
  • Set out transplants of cauliflower and broccoli.
  • Test the garden soil before planting cool season crops. Add any amendments several weeks before planting.
  • Plant tomato suckers that were rooted earlier.

September

  • Prepare for your garden by incorporating organic matter into the soil. Try planting vegetables in an attractive design which will add interest to your landscape.
  • Plant seeds for radish, beet, carrot, leafy greens, green beans, and cucumber early in the month. Choose varieties that will mature in 7-8 weeks.
  • Plant strawberries late this month through October. Choose healthy and quality transplants.
  • Set out onions, broccoli, cabbage, collards, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower.
  • When planting fast maturing vegetables, make several plantings at 10-14 day intervals to have a steady harvest.
  • Check cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower for caterpillars.

October

  • Continue planting seeds of radish, carrot, beets, and leafy greens.
  • Plant garlic cloves now for a harvest next summer. Place a clove in the soil so that the pointed end is 1/2 inch below the surface and space cloves 6-8 inches apart.
  • Herbs to plant to plant include parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Rosemary will even withstand salt and wind of coastal landscapes.

November

  • Continued planting seeds of English peas, snap peas, turnips, radish, beets, spinach, carrots, and Chinese cabbage.
  • Plant transplants of broccoli, cabbage, onions, collards and Brussels sprouts.
  • Start thinning vegetable when they reach between two and three inches in height.
  • Apply organics to the rose garden to help build up the soil.

December

  • Continue planting seeds of mustard, beets, carrots, and radishes at the beginning of the month.
  • Provide plants with enough water if rainfall is scarce.