What to plant in August in Melbourne
Lettuce, tomato, pumpkin, squash, sweet corn, onion, leek, silverbeet, spinach.
In punnets if you have a heat mat
Capsicum, chilli and eggplant (capsicum germinate best with a soil temperature between 21C-35C and eggplants 26C-32C
For directions for planting in punnets read ‘How to plant seeds in punnets‘.
Direct into the ground:
Carrot, parsnip, (bad companions so plant apart), beetroot, radish, rocket, spring onions, kohlrabi, turnip and swede.
Herbs: coriander and chervil (which don’t like heat).
Prepare soil to a fine tilth for root veg and onion family – at least as deep as the plant will grow. Plant all these 1-2 cm deep and space as widely, plus a few centimetres, as they will be when fully grown.
Potato as tubers. Buy certified tubers from a nursery (plant away from pumpkins as they are bad companions)
Artichokes as plants, or setts cut off the side of an established plant with a sharp spade
Asparagus as crowns from a nursery
Written by Robin Gale-Baker.