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Planting Calendar

Friday, May 22, 2009

August in your garden

At the end of August tidy up and prepare your garden beds for spring planting. Dig in generous quantities of compost into the soil to prepare it for planting. Add lime to acidic soils.

If the garden is wet and muddy don’t work in it. By walking around on wet soil you’ll only compact it. It’s also better and healthier for your plants to be planted into slightly dryer soil. If your garden gets particularly wet, dig shallow drainage trenches to drain water away from new plants, shrubs and trees.

You can still plant deciduous fruit trees. Water young trees at least twice a week, and keep them mulched as the season progresses to conserve soil moisture.

Protect tender plants from frosty nights by using a cold-frame, or draping with frost cloth of plastic.

Complete your rose pruning. Plant seedlings – pansies, viola, polyanthus, cineraria, stock, alyssum, aquilegia, poppy, cornflower, canterbury bells, forget-me-nots, hollyhock, delphinium and cosmos. Plant perennials.

Broadbeans, shallots, beetroot, radish, cabbage, carrot, pak choy.


Warmer areas: In frost-free areas start planting seed potatoes. Add potato food compost and well-rotted manure. In late August sow tomato seeds, radish seeds (sow these directly into the bed, not trays as they don’t appreciate being disturbed), strawberries, or feed established plants with strawberry food, beetroot, broad beans, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, corn salad,leeks, lettuce, onion, parsnips, peas, silver beet, turnips, spinach. Aspragus seedlings can be planted out. 

For more of what to plant in your climatic zone, click here

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