What to Plant in August?

 Friday, August 19, 2016    Healthy living

Now you have the kids outside, what do you plant?

If your thinking about sowing seeds of tomatoes, chillies, pumpkins, sweetcorn? Think again. They need warm soil (about 18ºC) to germinate.

What you can start now are spring vegies, things that enjoy cool to mildly warm weather, aren’t troubled by late frosts and grow relatively fast. Think spinach, peas, turnips, kale, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, Asian greens, mustard, silverbeet, carrots, beetroot and radishes. In frost free coastal areas consider making a start on planting potatoes.

August is also the last call for planting bare rooted trees and shrubs. If your soil is of good quality, you don’t need to add anything to the planting hole, but if it’s poor, get in some very well rotted manure or compost. Before planting, tidy up any broken roots with sharp secateurs, and give them a half hour soak in a bucket containing seaweed extract to rehydrate.

Most of all, have fun outside, and eat and stay healthy!

 

Jason and Vanessa