When people think about gardening and growing food, they typically associate it with the spring and summer months. However, fall is actually a better time to grow food than spring for several reasons: fewer bugs, cooler temperatures, and less chaotic weather. Although August is still one of our hottest months, it’s when we need to plant our seeds for the fall and transplant broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower that we started indoors last month. Learn more about how and when to grow 100+ fruits, vegetables, and herbs in our free app on iOS and Android. Search for gardening in the App Store or go to seedtospoon.net and you will find our free From Seed to Spoon gardening guides app!
If you missed out on starting cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts indoors you can still plant them outside directly by seed. Instead of planting 1 seed and hoping it will develop, we sprinkle seeds generously and thin them down as they grow until there is only 1 left. These thinnings are essentially microgreens and are a great way to get a lot of nutrients into your diet without much effort. Check out our YouTube channel to see videos on how we grow these plants in our Moore, Oklahoma backyard garden!
We will be sowing seeds for carrots, beets, turnips, and radishes this month. It’s important to keep the seeds moist until they sprout. This can be difficult in the heat of August. To help our seeds out we will cover the area with burlap and water them everyday. Once they sprout we take the burlap away and the plants are off and running. The great thing about many plants is they tend to taste better as the temperatures cool down. For example, carrots harvested in November and December will taste radically sweeter than those harvested in May. Salad greens also take on the same effect. You won’t believe how great kale can taste fresh out of the garden in the winter!
It’s also time to plant our greens for the fall. We will sprinkle kale, lettuce, arugula, spinach, and Chinese cabbage around the garden. Many of them will survive all winter here in Oklahoma.
With all the squash coming from the garden this month, we find many ways to uniquely cook and bake with them so we don’t get tired of the same foods everyday. We just wrote a blog post listing our 6 favorite ways to use zucchini in the kitchen. It includes recipes for zucchini-oat chocolate chip cookies, Parmesan crusted zucchini fries, zucchini bread, zucchini hash browns, zucchini pizza bites, and zucchini grilled cheese. You will love the variety and if you have any picky eaters in the household, they will certainly be appeased! Check out the recipes in “our blog” within our free app or seedtospoon.net.
August is also a month for preserving a lot of food for the winter. Our summer plantings of peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, okra, beans and much more will all be producing a lot. Our favorite and one of the easiest ways to preserve most of these is by freezing. Check out our blog under “more” section in our free app or website on details on how to preserve your extra harvest from the summer to enjoy all winter long!