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August Vegetable and Herb Gardening Calendar for Arid Climate Australia

Australia - arid climate zones
Australia – Arid climate zones

It’s August, the weather is still cold in many areas and moderately windy, but the end of winter draws near. Days begin to grow noticeably longer and the change of season isn’t too far away.

This month is the last chance to complete the pruning of deciduous trees and shrubs, and for planting raspberries and brambleberries (such as blackberries and their hybrids).

Now it’s also time to sow the first summer vegetable seeds. Where there’s a danger of frost, sow seeds in trays and place them in a protected area such as a veranda, greenhouse, or indoors near a sunny window.

Towards the end of August, feed fruit trees with organic fertiliser, manure and compost by digging these into the soil when preparing new garden beds. The soil organisms will begin breaking down the organic plant food to slowly release nutrients into the soil after a week or two, ready for the beginning of new spring growth in September. If fruit trees need a feed of potash (potassium), late autumn is also the time to do that too.

Things to Do This Month:

Vegetables and Herbs to Grow in August (Arid Climate)

August Seeds to Sow and Seedlings to Plant (Arid Climate Australia)Sow/PlantHarvest (weeks)
Amaranthdst7-8
Angelicadst18 months
Asparagus Pead8-11
Basils10-12
Beans (Climbing)s9-11
Beans (Dwarf, Bush)d7-10
Beetrootdst7-10
Boraged8-10
Burdockd17-18
Cape Gooseberrydst14-16
Carrotd12-18
Celeriact14-28
Celeryt17-18
Chillist9-11
Chivesdst7-11
Collard Greenst8-11
Coriander (Cilantro)dst30-45
Cucumbers8-10
Daikond8-10
Dillt8-12
Eggplants12-15
Endivet10-11
French Tarragont30-40 days
Globe Artichokesdst42-57
Jerusalem Artichokesplant tubers15-20
Lettucedst8-12
Luffadst11-12
Marrows12-17
Mizunadst5-7
Mustard Greensdt5-8
Okras11-14
Oniondt25-34
Oreganos6-8
Pak Choydt6-11
Parsnipd17-20
Peasdt9-11
Potatoplant seed potatoes15-20
Pumpkins15-20
Radishd5-7
Rhubarbplant crowns12 months
Rocketd21-35 days
Rockmelon (Cantaloupe)s10-16
Rosellas21-25
Rosemaryd12 months
Salsifyd14-21
Summer Savoryd6-10
Silverbeet (Swiss Chard)dst7-12
Snow Peast12-14
Spring Onions (Bunching Onions)s6-10
Squashs7-8
Sunflowers10-11
Swedes (Rutabaga)t10-14
Sweet Corns11-14
Sweet Marjoramdt8-10
Tomatillodt10-14
Tomatos8-17
Turnipd6-9
Yaconplant tubers25
Yam/Okaplant tubers15-20

Key:
d = sow seeds directly into ground
s = sow seeds into seed tray
ds = sow seeds directly into ground or seed tray
t = transplant seedlings (small plants) into larger pots or plant into ground
*= frost tender
**= sow after frost

Download printable PDF version of Gardening Calendar (Australian Arid Climate) – August

To help improve these garden calendars, feedback and additional information from readers is greatly appreciated! Australia’s climate varies considerably, and local knowledge of when particular things need to be done in the garden are most helpful to others living in those area, so please feel free to share.

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