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August Vegetable and Herb Gardening Calendar for Tropical Climate Australia

Australia - tropical climate zones
Australia – Tropical climate zones

It’s August, the weather is dry and sunny in Darwin, 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 time to sow the first summer vegetable seeds.

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 (Tropical Climate)

August Seeds to Sow and Seedlings to Plant
(Tropical Climate Australia)
Sow/PlantHarvest (weeks)
Beans (Climbing)t9-11
Beans (Dwarf, Bush)t7-10
Cape Gooseberrydt14-16
Chinese Cabbaget8-10
Collard Greenst8-11
Coriander (Cilantro)t30-45
Cowpeas (Black Eye Peas)d11-14
Gingerplant root25
Mustard Greensdst5-8
Pak Choyt6-11
Spring Onions (Bunching Onions)dt6-10
Sweet Corndst11-14
Sweet Potato (Kumara)plant crowns15-17
Taro (Cocoyam)plant tubers28
Yam/Okaplant tubers15-20
Zucchini (Courgette, Marrow)dt6-9

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 Tropical 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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