What to plant in August in Melbourne

Aug 15, 2020 | Gardening tips, Monthly planting guides and jobs

In punnets*

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.