Spring is just around the corner, which means that August is the time to start planting. There’s a long list of veggies, fruit and flowering plants that will benefit from being planted this month.
You can start sowing hardier vegetable crops like parsnips, peas, swedes and turnips directly into the ground, as well as beetroot, carrots and radishes in warmer areas. Sow cabbage, celery, lettuce, onion, silverbeet, spinach and spring onion seeds in trays, so the seedlings are ready for planting out when the weather is a bit warmer. If you have broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, silverbeet and spinach seedlings ready to go, these can be planted out now. Asparagus and tomatoes can also be planted in August but note they are frost-tender. August is also the time to start sprouting your seed potatoes so you can get them planted in September and on the dinner table for Christmas.
Get your strawberries in now – somewhere with lots of sun but not too wet is ideal. Try a raised garden bed, pots, or hanging baskets.
Now is also the time to plant your summer flowers, including roses, hebes, lavender, azaleas, rhododendrons, violas, calendula and clematis.
To keep your garden in top shape, take the opportunity to spray your roses and fruit trees before they spring to life. Prune apples and pears to remove dead or diseased wood and allow more light into the tree. August is ideal for planting larger shrubs and trees while the ground is still soft and relatively wet, which helps the roots get established before the drier summer months.
Lastly, don’t forget to put down some slug pellets to stop all your new plants from getting munched!