Suggestions for August: I've gone to Alan G's 'go to' Yates Guide (which is up in the middle hot house). This guide, for a cooler climate, says we can plant the following in August:
Artichokes (lol - if you are growing these, let me know!!!)
Kohl Rabi This is easy to grow and can be used in salads and stir fries.
See below for more information on what to grow in August. Who is John Upsher? He was our adviser on what to plant in my last community garden "Maribyrnong Edible Garden". I was with this garden from the first working bee and was the Secretary. It was my first experience with growing vegetables and community gardening and I'm definitely still learning – about both!
Although August is the last month of winter, I am an optimist and regard it as the first month of spring. We start to notice the longer days, warmer afternoons and not such cold nights. So we can really start the spring plantings. If you have taken out all the old crops, added some organic fertilizer like sheep or poultry manure and blood and bone and some lime, than mixed that all in you are ready to get the first of the spring plantings in.
So many green crops can be planted as seedlings in August. Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kohl rabi, spinach and Asian greens like bok choy and the salad greens like lettuce, celery, and rocket are all ready to go now. Don’t forget the radishes to go with your spring salads.
This is the last chance for maincrop onions but spring onions, chives, shallots and leeks can all be planted in August.
In the pea/bean family, August is as late as you should go sowing broad bean seeds but is a great month to put in peas and sugar peas.
To have new potatoes for Christmas and for lifting in autumn, now is time to put them in. They are best sown in the bottom of a trench 30cm wide and 10cm deep. As the shoots grow, fill the trench with compost and back-fill with soil and eventually build a ridge around them. Remember, use only certified new seed potatoes. Jerusalem artichoke is another rootcrop that can be planted now.
August is the best month to put in new small fruit plants like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries but remember that raspberries like to spread so the roots should be restricted.
This is the best month to renew your herb patch too. All except basil can go in now.
The perennial crops like asparagus, globe artichokes and rhubarb can all be divided now if you want to increase your stock or to give some away too.
Remember though that whatever you plant now will be in the ground for three months or more so leave some room for your succession of plantings and for the crops that go in later like tomatoes, capsicum, peppers, eggplant, amaranth, cucumbers, zucchinis, and dwarf or runner beans.