Planting Guide for a Hot August in Florida

August in Florida may be scorching hot, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the satisfaction of planting and growing your own vegetables. With the best growing season just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning your garden. Read on to discover what you can plant this month in Central Florida – Zone 9b.

Florida’s August Vegetables

Despite the sweltering heat, there are several vegetables that thrive in Central Florida during August. Whether you prefer to plant them outside or start seedlings indoors, here are some top choices:

Warm Season Vegetables

Amidst the heat, certain warm-season vegetables can still flourish in your garden. Eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, beans, carrots, squash, and green onions are all excellent options to consider. These resilient plants can withstand the challenging Florida climate and yield a bountiful harvest.

Growing squash in August

Cool Season Vegetables (Indoors)

While you wait for the weather to cool down, you can kickstart your cool-season vegetables indoors. Broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celery, and Chinese cabbage can all be grown from seedlings under the nourishing glow of a grow light. Starting them indoors now will ensure they are ready to be transplanted outdoors next month.

Gardening Recommendations and Tips for August

Using shade cloths in August

In the scorching Florida heat, it is crucial to take extra measures to protect your plants. Consider using a shade cloth to shield them from the intense sun, keeping both the soil and your plants cooler than they would be otherwise. You can learn more about the benefits of garden covers in my previous post: “Beat the Heat: Using Shade Cloths in the Garden.”

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Botanical Interests Seeds

When it comes to planting, I highly recommend using Botanical Interests Seeds. With their extensive selection of vegetables, flowers, and herbs, they have become my go-to source for all my gardening needs. They continuously update their seed collection, ensuring you’ll find everything you need for a successful August planting. For organic and non-GMO options, they offer a wide range of choices.

Central Florida Vegetable Planting Guide for August

If you want to achieve optimal results in your garden, choosing the right vegetable varieties is essential. Central Florida’s climate requires more heat and humidity-tolerant plants. Refer to the chart below for a comprehensive list of recommended varieties for August planting in Central Florida:

August Vegetable Planting Guide for Central Florida

Planting dates provided are based on the University of Florida IFAS Extension. For more detailed information, visit Ames Farm Center.

If you’re unsure about your specific hardiness zone, consult the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. By entering your zip code on their website, you can confirm which zone you belong to. The map below illustrates the different hardiness zones across the United States:

Plant Hardiness Zone Map

For those with raised garden beds, square foot gardening is a popular method. The chart provides guidance on planting density per square foot. For example, when growing cabbage, you should plant only one seed per square foot. Carrots, on the other hand, can be planted in a grid of 16 per square foot.

Keep in mind that the days to harvest can vary depending on soil quality. Be patient as you wait for your vegetables to ripen, as they may require more time than stated above. Remember, days to harvest are calculated from the germination date, not the planting date.

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I hope this guide inspires you to embark on a successful August planting journey. And if you’re already looking ahead, don’t forget to check out the September Planting Guide for more ideas.

Happy planting! 🙂

What to Plant in August in Central Florida Vegetable Guide