Vegetables to plant in late summer for fall harvest

Vegetables to plant in late summer for fall harvest

Vegetables to plant in late summer for fall harvest

When August arrives, it can be easy for a vegetable gardener to begin thinking about the end of the growing season.

By this time in the season, the back of your neck is likely sunburned, weeds may have overtaken certain areas of the garden and you might be asking yourself what you were thinking last winter when you decided to start 13 varieties of tomato seeds.

But August can also be a time for a fresh start in the garden for those who wish to start planting fall vegetables.

Mike Hogan

Cool-season and warm-season crops

The dog days of summer in August are when warm-season fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, squash, sweet corn, melons, peppers and others take over the Ohio garden.   

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These crops love the hot temperatures that send many a gardener in search of a shade tree and a glass of lemonade. Other crops such as carrots, beets, radishes, kale, leafy greens, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and others, prefer the cooler soil and air temperatures of late winter, early spring, and fall, and thus are known as cool-season crops.

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