What to Plant in August in Santa Fe
You might think August is too late in the year (or too hot) to plant in your garden. But given that monsoon season often stretches into August, now might be the perfect time to plant.
Plants that are native to the desert are wired to take advantage of any moisture that may come along. When monsoon season comes, they are thriving, taking the wet times to bloom and stocking away water for the drier times.
Even if you are putting in non-native plants, monsoon season is a great time to plant. First of all, the ground is soft enough to dig in. And the consistent moisture means you have to irrigate less in order to get plants established. (Of course, if the rain stops, you will need to irrigate.)
August is also a good time to add some late-season vegetables to your garden, also. The following are excellent fall crops:
Container-grown trees and shrubs can be planted all through the fall. Again, they will need to be irrigated, but the cooler temps that come with monsoon and autumn mean there is less water needed. Root growth can be very good in the fall, and it helps to protect the base of the tree with a thick bed of mulch to keep soil temperatures down and retain moisture.
Tune in next month to see what can go into the garden in September.