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
- Bell peppers
- Sweet peppers
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.