What to Plant in August in Columbus, Ohio

Swiss Chard growing in a garden

Yep, you can still be planting in your garden in August in Columbus, Ohio.

There’s a common misconception that you can only plant in the garden in mid May and that the growing season is over by the end of September. However, you can actually begin planting in early April and you can continue to plant every single month until October. Depending on what you plant you can even continue to harvest into December or later.

In Columbus, our first frost date is generally around October 8th. That means in early August we are sixty days away from our first frost date. A lot of vegetables will mature in around sixty days and can tolerate frost, which means you can continue harvesting them well after the first frost date. In fact many vegetables, like carrots, get sweeter when harvested after frost.

This makes August the perfect time to start planting your cool weather crops for Columbus’ second cool season in the garden.

Pretty cool, huh?

Here is a list of what you can plant in your vegetable garden in August here in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Swiss Chard
  • Kale
  • Cauliflower
  • Peas
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli Rabe
  • Lettuce
  • Arugula
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mustard

Tips for planting

  • Look for varieties that mature in around 60 days
  • Water often to keep soil moist for seed germination

Whether you are just starting a garden or are replacing some of your warm season crops, August is a great time to plant in your garden. Download my Columbus Monthly Planting Calendar and get growing!

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