It’s August and you can almost feel spring in the air, the daffodils and freesias are blooming in our street and I’m going to get into the garden this weekend and turn over, mulch and fertilise the raised beds ready to plant flowers, herbs and vegetables so we have a good crop in a month or so. If you’re wondering what to plant at this time of year the passionate people at Awapuni Nurseries have written a brilliant monthly guide available on their site, here’s what to do and plant in August ….
If you’re keen to freshen up your back yard with some nice smart lawn, now’s the time to prepare the soil. Give it a good rake, level it off and get ready to apply your grass seed and fertisliser. How do you know when to do this? Once the soil temperature has started rising – that’s the time to apply your grass seed. And, how do you know when the soil temperature is rising? That’s easy – when you find you’re mowing your lawns more often than not – the soil temperature has increased.
If you live in the colder parts of the country, you should be finishing off your rose pruning around now. Hoe out winter weeds now before they get growing in spring, you’ll save yourself a lot of work. Now’s the time to plant new brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage etc) for harvesting in summer and new season potatoes, yams and kumaras for enjoying at Christmas.
When the weather starts to warm up – hopefully at the end of the month – you can start to plant carrots and radish. Brighten up your flowerbeds by growing pansy, viola, stock and lobelia seedlings. Or try planting perennials like new season lavender, peony roses or hostas.
And, lastly check for aphids on everything, but particularly new shoots on your roses.
If you spot aphids on your plants simply hose them off with a strong stream of water and spray the plant with Neem, an organic oil.