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What to do in the garden

August

It's time to ramp up for spring. Prune perennials and fruit trees that have not yet been pruned and also plants damaged by frost (if all likelihood of frost has passed).  Some plants will have already begun to shoot, so don't delay!

Daffodils and jonquils have already begun flowering and other spring flowering bulbs will follow shortly. Pick a few to enjoy inside but always leave some outside for the bees. 

Mulch now to prevent spring weed growth. Mulch should be around 5-7cm deep. Applying a powdered fertiliser, like rockdust, to the area before replenishing your mulch will help to improve nutrient levels in the soil. 

Dig green manure crops through, if you have not yet done so. There's still time to plant asparagus and rhubarb. You can also start to sow seed in punnets for transplanting when spring arrives in earnest.  

Seeds to Sow Now

Seeds to sow this month if you live in areas like Tasmania, Bendigo, Ballarat, Canberra, Orange and Armidale or places that have less than 5 months a year with temperatures over 15°C

FOR A FULL LIST OF SEEDS TO SOW NOW CLICK HERE

Sow now: Broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, celery, celtuce, kale, lettuce, onion, parsley, peas, potato, radish, silverbeet, spring onion, swede, turnip.  

If you would like to add this seasons seeds to your shopping cart automatically, CLICK HERE

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What to do in the garden for August

Sow tender seedlings

Get a jump start on spring by sowing tender seedlings in a heated propagation kit or glasshouse. Plant them in a good quality seed raising mix and keep warm. Once the seeds have germinated water with a weak liquid fertiliser and pot-on once they have formed 2-3 sets of leaves.

Plant potatoes

In frost free areas potatoes can be planted now. They can be planted into a well turned over garden bed, in pots or specially designed potato bags. As the plants grow, add compost or straw to the beds to protect developing tubers from light. 

Plant some groundcovers

Get groundcover plants growing now so they smother any weeds that are trying to get established in garden beds. Over summer they will also help conserve precious soil moisture by reducing evaporation.

Things to do in September

Prepare your vegetable garden beds

Now that the temperatures are rising, it's time to prepare for your spring vegetable plant out. Weed your bed, dig in a good manure, preferably sheep or well rotted chicken manure, dig in and mulch.

Prepare your watering system

Be prepared before summer starts, to have an easy and reliable watering system in place to look after your crops while you are away. Dripper lines, and water timers are critical to regular watering which ensures even growth and plentiful harvest.

Watch for bugs

It's not just gardeners that look forward to spring, bug are moving about now to feast on tasty new growth and sap. Aphids will begin appearing on soft new growth and are easily combated with a soapy water spray. Snails will make a meal of any newly planted seedlings so set traps for these too. 

Vegetable Growing Tips

Starting a vegetable garden

- Choose an area that gets full sun and is not too far away from your house. The mid-winter dash to the vegie patch will be easier! 

- A good, healthy soil is the foundation to success so focus on improving the soil before you do any plantings. 

- Know what to sow, when to sow and how. Every vegetable seed has its own growing requirements. We offer a beautiful heirloom Seed Sowing Guide here and a 2018 Gardeners Diary with space for seed packets, garden plans and notes here.

How to sow seeds

How to plant asparagus crowns

Asparagus crowns can look a bit daunting when they arrive and you are greeted with a tangle of roots, but they are easier to plant than you think. Click here to find out how. 

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