What to Grow in August: Plan a Second Season Garden

While you are busy enjoy the fruits and vegetables of your summer labors, don’t forget that you can still plant even more produce in your gardens as the calendar turns to August.

What to Grow in August Plan a Second Season Garden

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Often referred to as the “second season of planting“, August is an ideal month to get your fall garden firmly planted in the ground. Don’t fret if you’re wondering what to grow in a garden as the summer sun fades away. This helpful guide will make it a little easier for you to make your choice.

The most important thing to consider is that you want your plants to mature before the first hard frost. Thus, fast-growing vegetables that don’t mind a little chill are an ideal selection.

Each of the following vegetables will grow well within the Kansas City area as they are adapted to cooler temperatures and will grow quickly:

  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Collards
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Spinach

Now, depending on our fall weather, you might also get away with the following. However, keep in mind that these veggies require warmer temperatures, and if the weather cools off before they’re ready to harvest, you might lose them:

  • Summer Squash
  • Beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers

Thus, the sooner you get your fall garden in the ground, the better. That’s because vegetables grown in the fall take approximately two more weeks to grow than their summer counterparts.

These 14 days can make a big difference, and since frost is expected in the last few days of October this year, there’s absolutely no time to delay your planting plans.

Having difficulty deciding what to grow in a garden this August? Contact Rosehill Gardens, and our team of gardeners will be happy to help you make your decision.

3 Gardening Tips for a Slug-Free Summer

Summer is here, and your plants are already in the ground. They’re looking green and lush, but there is one thing to remember: the threat of slugs is just around the corner as the weather continues to warm up.

3 Gardening Tips for a Slug-Free Summer

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The specialists at Rosehill Gardens have helped many land owners revitalize their landscapes after slugs have ruined their plants. If there is one thing we’ve learned, it’s that keeping the slugs away from day one is easier than getting your plants to “come back” once they have been eaten.

We love to share our gardening tips in Kansas City, so here are three tips to keep slugs off your plants.

Create a Slug-Fighting Border

There are certain materials that slugs simply will not slide across. Try surrounding your garden in a thin border of diatomaceous earth, a fine sand-like material made from the shells of small sea creatures. The slugs will stay away from your plants since the material harms their skin.

Seaweed

If you have access to seaweed, it makes an excellent slug border. Seaweed is very salty, and slugs will shrivel up if they encounter it. Create a pile of three to four inches of moist seaweed around each plant. As an added bonus, it acts as a natural fertilizer as it breaks down.

Capture Slugs in Beer

This works best as a quick fix if you are suddenly inundated with slugs. Place a shallow pan of beer near your garden. Bury it in dirt so that the top is even with the soil. The slugs can’t resist it; they climb in and get so drunk that they drown.

Contact Rosehill Gardens for more landscaping and gardening tips in Kansas City.