August is a crossover month in the patch, as the last winter vegies are eaten, and beds are cleared for summer crops. It’s also the last chance to plant bare-rooted specimens of deciduous fruit trees. Here are 10 jobs to do in the edible garden.
- Prepare beds for summer vegies by weeding, digging in compost, testing pH and liming, if needed
- Lift strawberry leaves and fruit, and spread a layer of loose, airy mulch over the root area
- Cut off and bin gall-wasp lumps found near the tips of citrus stems
- Begin sprouting a choko fruit on your kitchen bench, ready for planting out when the weather is warmer
- Plant new kiwifruit 5m apart, making sure you have at least one male and one or more female vines
- Start seeds of slow-cropping vegies, such as tomatoes, melons and pumpkins, in pots under cover or on a bright indoor windowsill
- Shorten long, arching shoots on your lemon trees after the bulk of the harvest is over
- Spray citrus trees with lime sulfur to clean up mites and white louse scale that appear on trunks and limbs
- Begin harvesting early asparagus shoots but don’t cut them too heavily from the young plants
- Finish planting deciduous fruit trees into garden beds or good-sized pots or other containers
You’ll find more than 50 jobs to do around the garden this month in the August issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine, out now.