August is one of the biggest months in my garden as I am getting ready for summer planning and planting. For those in the tropics and sub-tropics it is time to start thinking about watermelons, rockmelons, pumpkins, cucumbers, zucchini’s. For those in a frost prone area, start your seedlings in a hot house, then transfer them when the soil warms up. You may need to cover your tender seedlings with plastic to protect them from any sneaky frosts. The best thing to use is a 2ltr milk bottle, cut the base off and then push it into the soil to cover your plant.
Other chores to do this month is prepare your soil for planting. For those who still have a little time to think about summer crops just yet – think about your soil. Another great thing I love this month is ordering seeds and swapping with friends and neighbours.
TIP: For those around the Brisbane area, one thing I have learnt over the years is that EKKA Wednesday is the best time to sow your pumpkins, melons and cucurbits straight into the soil.