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Perfect Vegetables You Can Plant in August in India
You might have been too busy just to start your home garden, don’t worry. August is a great time to grow a slew of flowers, fruits and vegetables from vitamin-packed kale to striking irises irrespective of whether one resides in South India or North India. And yes, one has got to admit that one ought to be a bit more attentive and turn one’s patience on! But the result — a successful garden — might as well be very much rewarding.
Looking for a perfect month to start your gardening calendar?
Pssst! Here are our Best Vegetables to Grow in Your Vegetable Garden this August Growing Season
Radish [Raphanus sativus] for your Kitchen Garden
Radishes are grown from March to August, when summer is mild, they can be grown throughout the year, except for a few months of summer. Any well-drained, slightly acidic to neutral soil with pH 6 to 7 will do for radishes if the soil is not compacted. Radishes are a cool season crop, preferring temperatures between 40-70°F. The optimum temperature range is 60-65°F. Radishes thrive when they are exposed to a minimum of 6 hours to the direct sun daily & their growth will be a bit troubled if the exposure is less than 6 hours.
Nevertheless, they can also grow in shady places & areas of partial exposure to sunlight as well. Depending upon the variety, radishes get ready for harvesting in 25-60 days after sowing. Harvesting is done manually by uprooting plants. Harvested roots are washed and then graded on size. Radishes are rich in antioxidants and minerals like Calcium and Potassium.
Brinjal [Solanum melongena] that easily grows!
Brinjals are another great pick among the vegetables to grow in August. Brinjal is a hardy crop and is cultivated under a wide range of soils. A daily mean temperature of 21℃ is the most favourable for its successful production. The growth of the crop is severely affected when the temperature falls below 17℃. Give Brinjal plants at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily for the best results. The fruits become ready for first picking in about 120-130 days of seed sowing depending on the variety. They are rich in fibre and antioxidants.
Vegetables you can plant in August - Beans [Phaseolus vulgaris]
Beans grow best when their planting is done outdoors. Most Beans will give you a good crop in the loamy, sandy, rocky, rich or poor, and even clay soil. Green beans grow best when air temperatures range from 65°F to 85°F. Green bean plants need six to eight hours of full sun per day. In general, these green pods are ready to pick in 50 to 55 days after planting. Beans are rich sources of plant proteins, fibre, B-vitamins, Iron, Folate, Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorus, and Zinc.
Pears [Pyrus pyrofolia] - Great pick for your garden in August in India!
Would like to know what fruit to plant in your garden this August?
Pears it is! Give them a spot with full sun, good air circulation and well-drained soil. While pear trees like deep, fertile soil, they don’t do well in sandy soils. They can tolerate very low temperatures and can withstand high temperatures during summers (47°C). The best temperature for its flowering and fruiting is 32°C in summer. They prefer the long run, by starting flowering & bearing fruits only after 3 to 10 years. Pear trees outgrow most other garden plants in size, still producing a lot of fruits within a short span of time. Fruits shall be harvested when matured and shall be stored indoors to ripen. Pears contain high levels of antioxidants, including vitamin C, vitamin K, and copper.
Lemons [Citrus limon] to grow at home!
Life may have given you many lemons, but now is the time to grow some yourself! August is a great time for planting some lemon saplings in your garden. August marks the weather when the sun has passed and it’s not too hot, making it the perfect lemon tree planting season. Once you’ve planted your lemon tree, sit back and give it plenty of time to grow. The Lemon tree can adapt to almost any type of soil excluding those of heavy clay.
The ideal soil for this tree is a rich and well-drained sandy loam. Lemon trees prefer a climate with a temperature range between 70-100℉. It will want at least eight hours of sun a day, but no less than six. A fully grown tree bears fruit only after three to five years. Look out for conditions like blossom drop since it can cause real trouble by making the predominant of newly formed fruits fall off giving them a premature end. Lemons are an excellent source of Vitamin C, Dietary fibre and Citric acid.
Carnations, Chrysanthemums & Jasmines would serve as wonderful additions to the gardens in India when sown during the month of August.
Oh yes! Tomatoes – those juicy pulpy beings can be planted as a welcoming inclusion to your wide range of plants in your garden in August.
Apart from those that are listed above Spinach & Lettuce can be grown from their seeds in your kitchen garden. Good thing about Spinach is, it doesn’t need much compost to grow!