Zone 8 Planting Schedule
Hardiness Zone 8 - Planting Months
For those of you in the UK and Europe, this guide can be applied. If you are in a different continent, the conditions will vary, as it can be tropical or a dry heat.
Planting zones, are areas of hardiness. A planting guide, that enables us to know when to plant vegetables, fruit and flowers. Each area within a zone has similar growing conditions, this standardization gives us a good guide to what we can grow and when to grow.
US Zones + Temperatures
UK Hardiness Zones
Essential Gardening Equipment
Soil pH Testing
You need to make sure that you accurately test your soil to give your plants the best chance. This Apera kit has ±0.1 pH accuracy, see the star ratings over at Amazon.
The best way to germinate your seeds so that they have a great start is with a germination kit. Seeds that are grown this way produce greater results. Check the specs of the MXIC over at Amazon.
A trusted spade is a gardeners best friend, it helps you do the work. A long handled spade is the most effective type and this DeWit with a lifetime guarantee is our favorite – see the quality at Amazon.
Gardening Tool Set
For the finer work in the garden, we need those handy tools to help us cultivate. One that you can carry around in the garden is best and we like this well designed set with super reviews at Amazon.
Every advanced gardener has a greenhouse and with so many benefits how can we do without. The acceleration and growth rate when using a greenhouse is worth the cost. The Exaco 116 square foot with safety glass is ideal at Amazon. On a budget see the poly tunnel at Amazon.
One of the issues people have is that their crops produce all at once. The best way to overcome this is with a dehydrator so you can store your food for years and the flavor is amazing. The best one on the market is the Excalibur with a 10 year guarantee, see it at Amazon.
January Planting Zone 8
Temperature: 10 to 20 F (-7 to -12 Celsius)
Seeding: If the soil is ready, you can sow carrots, radishes, and beets (make sure to protect them).
Flowers: Pansies, poppies, Nigella and Calendula
February Planting Zone 8
Temperature: 10 to 30F (-12 to -1 Celsius)
At this point, you might want to protect the vegetables in polytunnels, with farmer’s fabric and similar.
March Planting Zone 8
Temperature: 51 to 74 F (10 to 23 Celsius)
Indoors: Tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers.
End of March (seeding), you start with pepper and tomato seedlings, cucumbers, corn, and squash (if the conditions are favorable). It’s better to harden them in a tunnel or greenhouse before planting outdoors.
The veggies planted at the end of March, still need to be protected with farmer’s fabric or in a polytunnel.
April Planting Zone 8
Temperature: 50 to 72 F (10 to 22 Celsius)
Seeding: Bush and pole beans, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, watermelons, cantaloupes, sweet potatoes, and squash. Transplant peppers and tomatoes outside.
Eggplants grow well with peas, beans, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, and spinach.
Squash and watermelon, are good companions for corn and beans.
May Planting Zone 8
Temperature: 57 to 78 F (14 to 26 Celsius)
Seeding: Beans, melons, squash. Planting tomatoes, peppers and sweet potatoes outside.
Flowers: Marigolds, sunflowers, cosmos, verbena, zinnia, tithonia, and Nicotiana.
Plant: Citrus trees and berry bushes.
Harvesting: Spinach, lettuce, and radishes.
Tips: Prune trees after they finished flowering. Keep a close watch at any fungal problems (due to the rainy season).
June Planting Zone 8
Temperature: 58 to 87 F (15 to 31 Celsius)
Seeding: Tomatoes, corn, melons, cucumbers, and beans.
Harvest: Asparagus, beans, spring cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, young onions, peas, spinach, early potatoes, chard, and kohlrabi.
It’s very important to water regularly in these periods (in case there is not enough rain). Especially in zones 9 and 10.
July Planting Zone 8
Temperature: 78 to 104 F (26 to 41 Celsius)
Seeding: Beans, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, peppers, squash, pumpkins, arugula, beets, broccoli, dill, cilantro, kale, spinach, summer lettuce, and Brussels sprouts.
Make sure you regularly water to prevent drought, add mulch, and straw to help retain water.
August Planting Zone 8
Temperature: 82 to 104 F (28 to 40 Celsius)
This information is for zones 7 and 8;
Seeding: Beans, beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, early corn, early cucumber, lettuce, kale, early peppers, spinach, early tomatoes, squash, and onions.
Harvesting: Tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, and eggplants.
September Planting Zone 8
Temperature: 60 to 81 F (15 to 27 Celsius)
Harvesting: Onions, apples, tomatoes, beans, raspberries, zucchini, and potatoes.
Seeding: Tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, beets, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, spinach, peas, squash and Brussels sprouts, beans, cauliflower, and kale. Cabbage, broccoli, and squash are better when started from seedlings.
October Planting Zone 8
November Planting Zone 8
Temperature: 52 to 76 F (11 to 25 Celsius)
In zone 8 you can still plant fruit trees.
Seeding: If you are using a greenhouse or a tunnel, you can plant; cabbage, broccoli, spinach, beets, carrots, peas, kale, strawberries, and winter lettuce.
Harvesting: If you have any tomatoes, eggplants, or peppers left, make sure you harvest them.
Clean up the leaves, so you can use them as mulch or compost later.
December Planting Zone 8
Temperature: 45 to 67 F (7 to 20 Celsius)
Seeding: Onions, beets, radishes, spinach, leafy greens, and chives – (protect them). Flowers: Verbena, pansies, daises, and petunias.
Plant: Trees, roses, and shrubs.
Harvesting: Kale, Brussels sprouts, leeks, winter cabbage, and parsnips.
When root veggies grow over winter, they develop a sweeter flavor.- Remove rotten veggies and plants to prevent pests and disease.