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August Vegetable and Herb Gardening Calendar for Cool & Alpine Climate Australia

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Australia – Cool & alpine climate zones

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

The weather in Hobart is slightly warmer than in the previous month but moderately windy with half the days of the month seeing rain, while Canberra and inland areas remains cold and frosty.

Snowfall occurs more often during this month in the ranges around Canberra, and it may also snow in parts of Tasmania. 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 (Cool & Alpine Climate)

August Seeds to Sow and Seedlings to Plant (Cool & Alpine Climate Australia)Sow/PlantHarvest (weeks)
Broad Beansdst12-22
Collard Greenss8-11
Coriander (Cilantro)dst30-45
Fennel (Florence)s14-20
Potatoplant seed potatoes15-20
Rocketd21-35 days
Silverbeet (Swiss Chard)dt7-12
Snow Peasdst12-14
Spring Onions (Bunching Onions)st6-10
Strawberry (seed)s12 months
Sweet Marjorams8-10

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 Cool & Alpine 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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