You might have already done a harvest or two and are now thinking its back to the grocery store for all your fruit and veggies, at least until next spring.  But with the days still quite long and the onset of frost risk for the Greater Toronto Area still over a month out, you can absolutely get the most out of your garden this late in the season, as well as begin to prepare for next year with some tips from the specialists here at Canada’s Gardenland.

Pre-planting tips

If the last few days have been particularly hot or dry, don’t assume that the late date will ensure moisture for your new plantings.  Moisten the seeds inside and turn the earth again as if you’re starting anew.  On the other hand, the days are getting shorter—not longer.  Have insulation ready on hand to protect your late arrivals as they come out into the golden September air.

Best Plants for the Season

The key to a successful late summer planting is to balance hardiness with growing times.  You want a variety of plants with varying growing speeds, as well as species that can survive on fewer hours of sunlight and cooler temperatures.  Here is a list of some of the best choices for your garden this August:

  • Arugula: This feisty green is just the ticket to keep your garden and salads fresh and vibrant until the very end of summer. With an incredibly fast growing time, and being a lover of cooler weather, arugula is your best bet for a green or herb in August.
  • Spinach is another great option for a hearty green that does well as the nights creep in. It is also great cooked, so keep that in mind for when you make a soup or stew!
  • Radishes can be harvested in under a month and don’t grow too deep, so cooling soil is not an issue for these little crunchy delicacies.
  • Peas can produce a good fall harvest and are a welcome addition to any dish.
  • Flower bulbs: you don’t have to wait until next year to get a good start on decorative or perennial bulbs. When the soil is still fresh and pliable from the hot summer sun, planting your bulbs in August is a great option for anyone planning a long term garden project.

At Canada’s Gardenland, we understand that the garden is the heart of your home.  An extension of all that is grown in your heart, vegetables and flowers can show the true passion and care you put into your outdoor space.  That is why we our professional team of landscapers and gardening experts are at the ready to help you realize your vision.  For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact us today at Canada’s Gardenland.