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August is the perfect time to sow the seeds of fall, winter and spring eating. The first week of August is your final window to plant dwarf peas (fall peas are the sweetest!) and your final succession of summer squash and cucumbers (especially ones with good disease resistance like Success PM Summer Squash and Silver Slicer Cucumber) as well as beets, carrots, broccoli and beans. Mid-August is when we plant kale, chard, lettuce, salad and mesclun mixes (including arugula!) as well as cilantro and our final succession of basil; these crops will grow to full size by the time nights grow cold. Late August through mid-September we plant all these same crops but anticipate harvesting them as young rather than full-size. These plantings will actually grow more tender and sweet with frost! If you love greens as we do, now is your time. You have your choice of the classics (kale, chard, lettuce, spinach, arugula) as well as lots of more esoteric but utterly delectable leaves (mache, ruby streaks, vivid choi, chervil, cress) that bring diverse flavor and color to your fall and winter garden. Be adventurous! Experiment widely! This is why we regionally adapt all our varieties :)