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What to do in the garden

August

As winter abates, it’s time to become enthusiastic about the garden. Winter plantings of wildflowers will begin bursting into bloom, welcoming the arrival of spring, so it's time to prepare for the change of season.

Early soil preparation with compost and organic fertilisers will ready beds for the planting of spring/summer vegetables. Early planting is particularly important for most Inland Australian gardens as summer often arrives very early. Tomatoes planted early will reward with heavy cropping before the hot days limit fruit set. Also start sowing spring vegetables and herbs in trays or punnets, ready for planting out when all likelihood of frost has passed. 

Continue to provide frost protection for frost sensitive plants as Inland Australia is currently experiencing a traditionally cold winter with late frosts more than likely.

Repot container grown perennials to refresh their potting mix in time for the spring. 

Aphides, thrips, cabbage moth and loopers are on the rise. Be vigilant and spray if necessary. Fungal infections can also occur now. Spray grapes, roses and fruit trees with an all-purpose fungicide to manage fungal diseases and prevent reinfection.

 

Geoff Miers

Alice Springs, NT

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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 improve your soil

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