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Subtropical Zone - warm humid summers

What to do in the garden


August announces the start of the subtropical spring and by the end of the month, temperatures in the high 20's or low 30's announce the start of the ‘burning months’ - those hot dry months that can run on until November or January when the ‘wet’ arrives.

Now is the time to install an automatic watering system, if you don’t have one already, as this weather demands regular watering.

This is probably the most important month of the year as good planning now will set up the garden for the next six to nine months.

Start by planting quick growing spring crops, and as the ground warms, plant longer lived vegetables that will provide you with an abundance of produce throughout summer and into autumn. 

Allocating room for these new crops can be tricky and much of this month is spent stripping out winter crops to make way for new plantings.

Many summer crops such as corn, okra, beans and cucurbits (cucumbers) grow best if sown directly into the garden towards the middle or end of the month. 

Many of the best warm season vegetables are climbing plants, so start to install or clean off trellis, teepees, arches and stakes in readiness for sowing and planting.

Arno King, 

Brisbane, QLD

Seeds to Sow Now

Seeds to sow now if you live in areas like Byron BayBrisbane and Rockhampton, or places where there are 42-46 weeks a year or more with temperatures over 15°C and high summer rainfall.


Sow now:   Amaranth, beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, capsicum, chilli, celeriac, celery, coriander, corn, cucumber, endive, kailaan, kale, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, mizuna, pak choy, parsley, radish, roquette, silverbeet, tatsoi, tomato, spinach (NZ), watermelon, zucchini.

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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 vegie garden soil

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