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What to grow in August

Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to start planting!  Here’s some ideas on what to plant now in the garden this month

What to plant

Check out our regional zone planting guide. Find which zone you are in on the map.

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Tropical (North Qld, NT & WA)

HERBS, FRUIT & VEGETABLES: Asian greens, asparagus crowns, beans (french and climbing), beetroot, carrot, eggplant, kale, kohlrabi, pumpkin, radish, rocket, silverbeet, spring onion, tomato and zucchini.

FLOWERS: Ageratum, amaranthus, begonia, calendula, californian poppy, carnation, cineraria, dahlia, dianthus, impatiens, marigold, nasturtium, snapdragon, sunflower, sweet william, verbena and zinnia.

Subtropical (South-east Qld & Northern NSW)

HERBS, FRUIT & VEGETABLES: Artichokes, asian greens, asparagus crowns, beans (french and climbing), beetroot, cabbage, carrot, celery, chives, coriander, eggplant, jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, parsley, potato, pumpkin, radish, rocket, silverbeet, snow peas, spring onion, tomato, turnip and zucchini/squash.

FLOWERS: Alyssum, begonia, bellis perennis, calendula, californian poppy, carnation, cineraria, dahlia, dianthus, honesty, impatiens, marigold, nasturtium, snapdragon, sunflower, sweet william, verbena and zinnia.

Arid / Semi-Arid (Outback & dry inland areas)

HERBS, FRUIT & VEGETABLES: Artichokes, asian greens, asparagus crowns, beetroot, cabbage, carrot, celery, chives, coriander, eggplant, jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mint, onion, parsley, peas, potato, radish, rocket, silverbeet, snow peas, spring onion, tomato and turnip.

FLOWERS: Bellis perennis, marigold, polyanthus and primula.

Warm Temperate (Sydney, coastal NSW & Victoria, Adelaide and Perth)

HERBS, FRUIT & VEGETABLES: Artichokes, asian greens, asparagus crowns, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, celery, chives, coriander, eggplant, endive, english spinach, jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mint, onion, parsley, peas, potato, radish, rocket, silverbeet, snow peas, spring onion, tomato and turnip.

FLOWERS: Bellis perennis, calendula, californian poppy, dianthus, honesty, impatiens, marigold, nasturtium, polyanthus, primula, snapdragon, sunflower, sweet william and verbena.

Cold Temperate (Melbourne & cool highlands)

HERBS, FRUIT & VEGETABLES: Artichokes, asparagus crowns, broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, celery, coriander, endive, english spinach, jerusalem artichoke, kohlrabi, lettuce, mint, onion, peas, potatoes, radish, snow peas and turnip.

FLOWERS: Bellis perennis, polyanthus and primula.

A few points to remember:

August is a good time to start getting your garden ready for spring.  Make a list of the herbs and vegetables you want to grow.  Find a warm place to grow your seedlings – it may be too cold to plant them outdoors and remember to label your seedlings.

Go through your packets of flower seeds and check for any that are out of date.  Sprinkle a sample of seeds on to some damp paper towels, fold the towel over and place in a ziplock bag.  Place this in a warm place out of the sun.  Anything that is still OK will germinate within a couple of weeks.

Check your indoor plants for any pests.  Mealy bugs thrive on plants and are white, fluff-covered bumps that can be found under the leaves and at the base of plants.  Scale insects can be identified as raised lumps on the leaves and leave a sticky exudation.  Move any infested plants preferably to a frost-free, shaded position outdoors.  Mealy bugs can be removed by dabbing a cotton bud in methylated spirits.  Remove scale insects by hand or dip a brush in soap and gently scrub the leaf.