What to plant in August

blueberry

The end of winter is a fabulous time to be thinking about spring. At this time of year you should be thinking about soil and what you can do to give your spring planting the best start you can.

But there is still alot that you can plant in August, depending upon when you expect last frosts to come in. In cooler and temperate areas, you could start planting tomatoes and capsicums indoors, ready to go when the right weather comes in. This is a list of what you could plant in your area in August.

What to plant in Cool areas (Tasmania, Snow Country)

  • Mushrooms
  • Corinader
  • Parsnip
  • Parsely
  • Carrot
  • Onion
  • Rocket
  • Asian Greens
  • Radish
  • Swede
  • Swiss Chard, Silverbeet and Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Beetroot
  • Blueberry
  • Rhubarb

What to plant in Temperate areas (Most of Victoria and SA. Southern and Coast NSW up to Coff Harbour. WA.)

  • Mint
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Lavendar
  • Marjoram
  • Rosemary
  • Coriander
  • Parsnip
  • Parsely
  • Carrot
  • Onion
  • Rocket
  • Asian Greens
  • Radish
  • Swede
  • Swiss Chard, Silverbeet and Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Beetroot
  • Blueberry
  • Rhubarb
  • Tomatoes (INDOORS ONLY)

What to plant in Sub Tropical areas (Queensland up to Townsville)

  • Mint
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Lavendar
  • Marjoram
  • Rosemary
  • Coriander
  • Marigold
  • Asian Greens
  • Rocket
  • Silverbeet
  • Spinach
  • Beetroot
  • Rockmelon
  • Zucchini
  • Pumpkin
  • Watermelon
  • Cucumber
  • Squash
  • Ginger
  • Galangal
  • Tumeric
  • Tomato
  • Capsicum

What to plant in Tropical areas

  • Marigold
  • Asian Greens
  • Rocket
  • Silverbeet
  • Spinach
  • Beetroot
  • Rockmelon
  • Zucchini
  • Pumpkin
  • Watermelon
  • Cucumber
  • Squash
  • Ginger
  • Galangal
  • Tumeric
  • Tomato
  • Capsicum

How to Grow Peas

Peas

Peas are a regular crop in my garden and are incredibly easy to grow. They sprout very quickly in all most any kind of soil. They do need a trellis to grow up and a best grown during the cold months, providing a sweet crop during late winter and early spring. Make sure that you plant them successively, 6 or 7 plants for a family every 3 weeks should ensure that you have plenty of peas. And you’ll need them as they sometimes don’t make it into the kitchen, getting eaten straight from the

Planting

Plant the seeds about 10-15cm apart, or closer if the soil is particularly rich with manure. Put them about 1cm deep, although I have planted them in loose soil and the seed ended up on top of the dirt. The peas seeds still sprouted and sent roots down and a stem up. They should sprout within 7 days from planting.

Makes sure that you have a trellis or some sort of structure for the the peas to grow up. They can grow to 2m tall.

Companions

Peas are excellent nitrogen fixers. They take nitrogen from the air and put it into the ground for leafy vegetables and fruits to use. They grow well with carrots, potatoes, parsnips and pumpkin.

Grow Peas - Companion Guide

Harvesting

You can get a riot of colour on the peas plants as they grow out their flowers and eventually pod up. A little secret to maximising your harvest is to pick the first first pea pods very early. This will cause the plant to put out more flowers. More flowers means more pods and more pods means more peas.

 

Save

Companion Planting Cabbages

Green Cabbage icon - The Garden Planner

Companion planting for cabbages is about providing protection from pests and providing nutrients.

Because they are very heavy feeders (think about those huge glorious big leaves) cabbages can be difficult to grow. They are also a favourite food of white moths. Seedlings can be stripped and destroyed overnight by white moths. Companion planting can help, although not completely eradicate, with this problems.

Cabbage Companion Guide
Cabbage Companion Guide

Companion Planting for Nutrients

Big leaved plants like cabbage (and other brassicas like cauliflower and brocolli) need lots of nitrogen. Lots. Of. Nitrogen. By companion planting with legumes and other nitrogen fixers like beans and broadbeans, you are placing back into the soil a vital nutrient for cabbages.

Companion Planting for Pests

White moth can be an absolute disaster for brassicas, especially when they are younger seedlings. They can strip mine a cabbage overnight in warm wet conditions. At some stage in your gardening, you will loose an entire crop of cauliflower or brocolli or cabbage to the white moth caterpillar. There is no one sure fire way to prevent white moth infestation, so you need to use a combination of approaches. Companion planting is one of these. My interplanting with the plants listed below, you are confusing the white moth by mixing up the visuals as well as the olifactory. The white moth can’t see or smell the cabbages properly.

Save

How to Grow Broadbeans

broadbeans

Broadbeans have been cultivated since ancient times and are extremely simple to grow. In fact there few plants easier to grow.

Broadbeans are Good for the Soil

They are best planted directly into the ground in early autumn through to early winter and take about 3 to 4 month to reach maturity.  Allow about 20cms between seeds and grow them in long rows so that you can access the bean pod easily.  The soil shouldn’t be to well fertilised as you want to encourage pod production and they are nitrogen fixers, meaning that they will absorb nitrogen from the air and bring it into the soil. For this reason, they are very useful for condition or helping soil that has had a heavy feeding crop to recover for the next spring time planting. They are excellent as part of a crop rotation system.

Broadbeans have very long tap roots so the other benefit that they can give to the soil and therefore to your next crop, is that it can bring up nutrients that are deep in the soil and otherwise unaccessible for plants with shallow root systems.

Broadbeans need Support

Broadbeans grow very tall and have a slender stem. I would recommend either staking them or finding another way to support them. A strong wind can bend and break them over. My own solution is to plant two well secured stakes into the ground at both ends of the broadbean row as well as further supporting stakes at 70cm intervals on either side of the rows. I then create a support by wrapping a rope around the stakes at 50cm intervals. You can stake them directly if you wish, so long as you place the stake early to avoid root damage.

How and When to Harvest

Harvesting broadbeans isn’t tricky. You can get them early when pods are about the length of a finger. This gives you the young sweet beans and means no peeling. You can wait a little longer and get them when they are larger and perfectly ok to eat, they just require double peeling which can be a pain. You can also leave them at this point and let the broadbeans dry out in their pod for use over winter in soups and stews.

After Harvest

Mulch broadbean plants that you have harvested from. Dig them back into the soil to get the most benefit.

What to Plant in June

cauliflower

It is still warm in some parts of the country so knowing what to plant in June is a little tricky this time around. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued its El Niño Southern Oscillation index report saying that most of the modelling it has done are in favour of a La Niña. What does that mean? It means above average rainfall for south, east and northern Australia. Knowing this means that you can start to plan around a wetter winter and spring. What does it mean for your area? Less frosts? How will your soil handle the extra wet? Starting to think like this, looking for clues in the weather is an important skill for all gardeners to learn.

This is what to plant in June in your part of Australia.

Cool

You have probably started having frosts (or if you are in snow country, snow) so keep that in mind before you put your plants outside.

  • Mint, sage, thyme, coriander, dill and parsley are all good to plant out now
  • Celery, carrot, turnip and fennel
  • Rocket
  • Pak choi and all chinese cabbages
  • Swiss chard, spinach and silverbeet
  • Beetroot
  • Spring fruiting strawberry varieties (consult your local garden shop)
  • Blueberry
  • Brassicasa like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower.
  • Peas, Snowpeas
  • Broadbeans
  • Leek
  • HURRY UP AND PLANT GARLIC before the winter solstice

Temperate

  • Mint, sage, thyme, coriander, dill and parsley are all good to plant out now
  • Celery, carrot, turnip and fennel
  • Rocket
  • Pak choi and all chinese cabbages
  • Swiss chard, spinach and silverbeet
  • Beetroot
  • Blueberry
  • Potato
  • Blueberry
  • Brassicas like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower.
  • Peas, Snowpeas
  • Broadbeans
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • HURRY UP AND PLANT GARLIC before the winter solstice

Sub-Tropical

  • Chilli
  • Pak choi and all chinese cabbages
  • Swiss chard, spinach and silverbeet
  • Brassicas like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. <– watch for white moth
  • Peas, Snowpeas

Tropical

  • Tomato, capsicum and eggplant can be planted indoors
  • Corn
  • Beans
  • Potato
  • Chilli
  • Pak choi and all chinese cabbages
  • Swiss chard, spinach and silverbeet
  • Brassicasa like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. <– watch for white moth
  • Peas, Snowpeas