Lughnasadh Edition: Planting Times

Lughnasadh is a holiday celebrated by the ancient Celtic peoples of Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, etc. It’s the halfway point between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox making it also the first of their harvest festivals.

Here on the homestead, I decided to dedicate to Lughnasadh my list of common veggies, when they can be planted in zone 8b, what they are beneficial with and what they can’t be planted around. We try to do companion planting whenever we plant our raised beds.

Still lots to do before winter. Enjoy your planting!

Veggies/HerbsSpring PlantingFall PlantingCompatibleIncompatible
BorageMarchStrawberry, tomatoes, zucchini/squash. Deters pests from many plants.
RosemaryMar/AprBeans, Carrots, Cabbages, SagePotatoes
BasilApr/MayTomatoes
DillMar, MayCabbage, Coriander, Fennel, tomatoes, broccoli
Beans, BushMar/Apr/MaySweetcorn, spinach, lettuce, summer savory, dill, carrots, brassicas, beets, radish, strawberry and cucumbers, tagates minuta (wild marigold)Alliums (Chives, leek, garlic, onions) Sunflower
Beans, ClimbingAprJul/AugSweetcorn, spinach, lettuce, summer savory, dill, carrots, brassicas, beets, radish, strawberry and cucumbers, tagates minuta (wild marigold)Alliums (Chives, leek, garlic, onions) Sunflower
CornMar-JulAll beans, cucumber, melons, peas, pumpkin, squash, amaranthCelery
TomatoApr/May/JunAsparagus, Chervil,Carrot, Celery, Chives, Parsley, Marigold, BasilRosemary, Potatoes, Fennel, Cucumber
Zucchini/Summer SquashMar/Apr/MayCorn, beans, nasturtiums, parsley, Silverbeet, TomatoesPotatoes
Pumpkins/Winter SquashMaySweet CornPotatoes
MelonsMar/AprSweet Corn, SunflowersPotatoes
CucumberApr/MayAugNasturtiums, Beans, Celery, Lettuce, Sweet Corn, Cabbages, Sunflowers, Coriander, Fennel, Dill, SunflowersPotatoes, Tomatoes
Sweet PotatoApr/May/JunPlant AlonePlant Alone
PotatoFeb/Mar/AprPeas, Beans, Brassicas, Sweetcorn, Broad Beans, Nasturtiums, MarigoldsCucumber, Pumpkin, Sunflowers, Tomatoes, Rosemary
RadishesJan/Feb/MarSept/OctChervil, cress,lettuce, leeks, spinach, strawberries, tomatoesHyssop, gherkins
CauliflowerMarAugDwarf (bush) beans, beets, celery, cucumber, onions, marigold, nasturtium, rhubarb, aromatic herbs (sage, dill, chamomile)Climbing (pole) beans, tomato, peppers (chili, capsicum), eggplant (aubergine), strawberry, mustard
BroccoliFeb/MarJul/AugDwarf (bush) beans, beets, celery, cucumber, onions, marigold, nasturtium, rhubarb, aromatic herbs (sage, dill, chamomile, oregano)Climbing (pole) beans, tomato, peppers (chili, capsicum), eggplant (aubergine), strawberry, mustard
CabbageJan/Feb/MarSept/OctDwarf (bush) beans, beets, celery, cucumber, onions, marigold, nasturtium, rhubarb, aromatic herbs (sage, dill, chamomile, thyme)Climbing (pole) beans, tomato, peppers (chili, capsicum), eggplant (aubergine), strawberry, mustard, parsnip
SpinachFeb/MarSept/OctBroad beans (fava), cabbage, cauliflower, celery, eggplant (aubergine), onion, peas, strawberry, santolina
BeetsFeb/MarSept/OctOnions, Silverbeet (Swiss Chard), Lettuce, Cabbage, Dwarf Beans, Dill, Peas. StrawberriesAsparagus, Carrots, Sweetcorn, Spinach
LettuceFeb/MarAug/SeptCarrots, Onions, Strawberries, Beets, Brassicas, Radish, Marigold, Borage, Chervil, Florence fennel, leeks.Parsley, Celery
PeasJan/Feb/MarPotatoesChives, Alliums, Tomatoes
Snow PeasJanSeptCarrots, Endive, Florence fennel, Winter lettuce, BrassicasChives, Alliums, Tomatoes
CarrotsFeb/MarAug/SeptOnions, Leeks, Lettuce, Sage, Peas, Radishes, Tomatoes, Beans, Celery, RosemaryParsnips, Beetroot, Dill, Brassicas, Fennel
LeeksApr/MayAug/SeptCarrots
Bunching OnionsOct/NovLemon Balm, Borage, Carrots, Beets, Silverbeet, Lettuce, AmaranthPeas, Beans
OnionSept-MarLemon Balm, Borage, Carrots, Beets, Silverbeet, Lettuce, AmaranthPeas, Beans
GarlicFeb/MarBeets, Carrots, Cucumbers, Dill, Tomatoes, ParsnipsAsparagus, Beans, Brassicas, Peas, Potatoes
Perennials
Lemon BalmMar
ChivesMar/AprAug/SeptCarrots, Tomatoes, Parsley, Apples
AsparagusNov-MarParsley, Basil, Nasturtiums, LettuceGarlic, Onions, and root vegetables
RhubarbFebBrassicas (Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, etc)
StrawberryApr/MayBest in a bed of their ownIf you are using rotation beds, avoid putting strawberries where you have grown tomatoes, potatoes, peppers or eggplant
Dwarf Siberian Kale, Sugar Sprint Snow Peas, Buttercrunch Lettuce seeds all planted.

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