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Ventura, CA Gardeners Can Plant These Crops This August

Thanks to the temperate climate here in Ventura, CA, we can enjoy a long growing season with a variety of crops! Find out what you can plant in August based on your Plant Hardiness Zone.

What Zone am I In?

Ventura, CA and the surrounding areas mostly fall into zones 9b and 10a, though pockets at the county’s southern border fall into 10b. You can use this USDA Plant Hardiness Zone map to find the specific zone for your address. If you find that your home straddles two zones by a block or two, it’s usually the safest choice to go with the colder/lower zone unless you’re confident that your recent temperatures have been more aligned with the warmer zone.

Zone 9b August Planting

You have a lot of choices for planting in zone 9b this August. All of your August crop plantings will be sowing seeds for a variety of crops, including:

  • Climbing beans
  • Dwarf beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cowpeas
  • Bell peppers
  • Sweet peppers
  • Cucumber
  • Onion
  • Pumpkin
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Radishes

Looking into September, most of the crops carry over and options like carrots, cauliflower, mustard greens, shallots, cape gooseberries, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, fennel, and strawberries are added!

Zone 10a August Planting

If your address falls into zone 10a, you’ll have a lot of the same crops from 9a that are seed-sown like climbing beans, cowpeas, cucumber, leeks, onion, pumpkin, turnips, and watermelon. In zone 10a, broccoli needs to be started undercover in seed trays and planted 4 – 6 weeks later. Other seed-start crops in 10a include cabbage, celery, and chives.
In September, zone 10b can plant many of the same crops as well as tomatoes, strawberries, broad beans, sweet corn, chili peppers, eggplant, watermelon, transplants that were seeded in August.

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Testing Zone-Border Crops

If you live on the border of a zone but want to test crops from another zone, try planting them in pots and monitoring their success. This method is most successful if your garden is in a raised bed away from in-ground soil where the temperature change changes in the soil can make or break a crop.

Celebrate The Next Taco Tuesday At Taqueria Cuernavaca

No one needs a special occasion to go out for some tasty tacos, so whether you’re celebrating Taco Tuesday or just hunting for some truly satisfying Mexican food, treat yourself to dinner at Taqueria Cuernavaca here in Ventura!

The Tacos

If you’re looking for tacos, Taqueria Cuernavaca serves up a variety with both classic preparations and unique signature variations. The traditional Mexican street taco is available with your choice of meet, and there’s no shortage of proteins on their menu. To fill your tacos, you can opt for savory stuffing like the paprika-spiced chorizo pork sausage, fried chicharron, grilled steak, chicken, and much more. You can also add to the mix with roasted poblanos, chile verde, lettuce, and other ingredients.

Salsas and Toppings

Taqueria Cuernavaca allows you to garnish your meal as you prefer with a special bar stocked with additions. If you want to flavor your dish with fresh herbs, they have cilantro ready to go, and onions add a bright and aromatic bite to tacos and fajitas. Grilled jalapeño imparts heat with classic chile flavor, while green tomatillo salsa provides a tart alternative to the traditional red salsa. They also offer orange chipotle salsa for a medium-heat kick, as well as pico de gallo for other fresh flavors. Even with its creamy texture, the avocado green salsa is one of the restaurant’s hottest sauces, so consider this blended topping if you’re feeling particularly bold.

Location and Ordering

Taqueria Cuernavaca is located at 1117 N Ventura Avenue, Ventura, California 93001. If you prefer to order from home, they’ve listed their entire menu online. Keep in mind that it can take around 10 to 15 minutes to prepare the average order, while larger order sizes and peak business hours can impact the actual preparation time. The restaurant opens at 11 a.m. on Monday through Friday, and at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It closes at 6 p.m. seven days per week.

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SUV for sale near Ventura CA 

Sport Utility Vehicles, otherwise known as SUVs, are great for extra storage space and towing capacity while still keeping fuel costs low. If you are in the market for an SUV, we have a few selections on our lot at Ventura Volkswagen. Keep reading to learn more about each SUV available.  

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