Raised beds are a popular method for growing vegetables in home gardens, and for good reason. They warm up earlier in the spring and extend the growing season, are well drained, and allow for soil control. These benefits make it easier to grow many vegetables and herbs that benefit from the warm, loose soil. Read on to learn what to plant in raised beds in August.
Table of Contents
- Advantages of raised beds
- What to plant in the raised bed in August
Advantages of raised beds
As mentioned earlier, growing food in raised beds offers a lot of benefits. The main advantage is that they require much less work than a garden in the ground. Here are six great reasons to garden in raised beds:
- The soil warms up early in the spring.
- Raised beds are well drained.
- They are ideal for sites where the existing soil is poor, rocky or contaminated.
- In raised beds, you can plant intensively and maximize your harvest.
- There are usually fewer weeds in raised beds.
- Raised beds look neat.
What to plant in the raised bed in August
Knowing what vegetables are best to grow in August gives you a unique opportunity to improve your gardening, even if there are still gaps from the early summer harvest. You may have reaped the rewards of earlier seasonal work, but there are many more vegetables available if you get involved with some late summer sowings. Sowing in August not only allows you to take advantage of any bare spots in your vegetable garden, but also prepares you for fast-maturing fall crops and slower-developing plants to enjoy in the months ahead.
Purple kohlrabi suits late summer cultivation
Kohlrabi is one of the more unusual cabbage varieties. If you know how to grow cabbage, cauliflower or kale, it’s time to expand your horizons with one of the most visually intriguing vegetables, you can plant in August. Kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes) is a cross between broccoli and water chestnut in taste and texture, peppery and sweet. Roughly translated, kohlrabi means “turnip” and combines both in a vegetable with long, leafy limbs draped around a swollen stalk. While green varieties are best sown in late spring, purple varieties are best sown as summer draws to a close. That way, the seedlings can make the most of the warm soil while the mature plants enjoy the mild fall weather.
Sow Swiss Chard in raised beds or containers.
What to plant in the raised bed in August? Swiss Chard, or Swiss Chard, is a member of the goosefoot family. It is easy to grow, contains many vitamins, and does well in flower beds or large containers. A single sowing is enough for months of harvests. Young leaves (and stems) can be eaten raw, while the older leaves are used in stir-fries, casseroles, and soups. Particularly recommended varieties include the bright ‘Bright Lights’, the vigorous ‘Bright Yellow’, the scarlet ‘Fantasy’ and the cream ‘Fordhook Giant’.
Leafy beets prefer moderate temperatures, as heat slows growth. These cheerfully colored plants are not only nutritious but also a visual treat and are among the most colorful additions to a small vegetable garden. They are ready for harvest 10-12 weeks after sowing. In late fall, cover plants with clochs or protect with straw.
Not too late for baby carrots
You have not yet thought about how to grow carrots this year? Don’t worry, because you still have a little time to grow homegrown mini carrots to enjoy during the cooler months. These crunchy roots need time to develop, so sow now if you want plenty of casseroles, soups and roasts this winter. Choose an open, sunny spot and you’re all set. Celery, parsnips and lettuce make the best companion plants for carrots, and herbs like sage and rosemary also make excellent planting partners. Cover the seeds with insect-proof netting to protect them from root flies. Provide good watering and weed control, and wait for the tasty pecks! Choose a suitable hardy variety. ‘Extremo’ and ‘Eskimo’ are good choices, as is ‘Purple Haze’, the first colored hybrid carrot with purple skin and orange interior.
What to plant in the raised bed in August: spinach.
Spinach, Popeye’s favorite plant, is a nutritious staple, and you’ll soon find that it’s also quite easy to grow. It should definitely be on your list of vegetables to plant in August, because you can harvest its fruits well into winter if you choose a hardy variety and pick a sunny spot. It’s perfect as baby leaves for crisp salads or as a bigger, fattier garnish for soups or casseroles. You can sow the seeds both in raised beds and thinly in large pots. Be sure to give the plants some shade during hot spells. For a productive companion planting, grow with pole or runner beans. Spinach is also one of the best companion plants for tomatoes and also combines well with strawberries.
Sow baby beetroot now and enjoy it for a long time.
Beet is not only easy and colorful, but it is also one of those vegetables that tastes especially good when young. So take advantage of the next few sunny weeks to grow baby beets that taste delicious even when they’re no bigger than a golf ball! Beets can be harvested well into the fall, and thanks to their storability, you can nibble on the roots well into the winter. They need fertile, well-drained soil that has been finely raked. Add some well-rotted garden compost or similar organic material before sowing. During dry periods, be sure to water the plants weekly (this reduces the risk of bolting and provides nutrients to the beets). It may be helpful to apply a nitrogen-rich fertilizer and water it.
Sow parsley in August
Parsley is a perfect addition to all types of herb gardens. You can choose from pretty curly varieties like ‘Envy AGM’ and ‘Champion Moss Curled’ or the more vigorous flat-leaved varieties like ‘Titan’ and ‘Gigante Napoletano’. Sow seeds in raised beds or pots in August. Germination is slow and takes six weeks, so provide warm growing conditions. Cover them lightly with more compost and keep them moist. Continue growing under cooler conditions and plant out after the last frosts.
There is still time for sowing leeks
What to plant in the raised bed in August? Home-grown leeks are a lush, sweet treat that are rich in vitamin A. If you want to grow leeks, August is a good time to plant them in their final place. Seedlings planted in April/May (indoors or in seedbeds) will develop strong roots after 10 weeks. Once they are pencil thick, they can be transplanted. Pull the soil up the stem as it grows, or tie cardboard tubes around the stems. Also remember to water during long dry spells and weed regularly. Good late-maturing varieties are ‘Blauwgroene Winter Bandit’ and ‘Porbella’.