Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Gardening in August!

It's August - last month of winter, to state the obvious, but I'm excited as there is heaps of fun stuff to do in August. If you are in coastal SA (i.e. not inland) this is what we can be doing in August. Melbournites you can join us too!

Things to sow into punnets in August*:
  • Late Onions (eg. creamgold and ever green spring onions
  • Capsicums (we're planting 7 colour Heirloom)
  • Leeks (some fancy French Heirloom Jaune du Poitou!)
  • Tomato (this year we are trying Tommy Toe Red & Gross Lisse)
  • Celery 
  • Kale
  • Asparagus (check out FAT BASTARD!)
We use a seedling tray in a little green house (less than $8 from Bunnings) and put it out in the sun when it's out and keep them in the laundry when it's not.

Straight into the garden you can sow*:
  • Lettuce Heirloom Mix (any time of the year!)
  • Carrot Heirloom Mix (July to March in warm climate)
  • Silverbeet, why not try the spectacular 5 colour mix which can be grown at any time of the year and adds a pop of colour!
  • Spinach
General gardening
  • A trick some people do is to cover their soil with black plastic or newspaper to warm it up.
  • You can spread well rotted compost or manure if you haven't already.
Fruit trees
  • If you are lucky enough to have fruit trees now is the time to protect them from leaf curl. You can do this by spraying copper or lime sulfate. For more info check out the experts here and here.

* I'm in a warm coastal area where we get 150-240 growing days per year. Your local nursery will help you with when you can plant based on your local climate conditions.

No comments:

Post a Comment