August gardening guide
The last month of winter is here! August is the perfect time to tidy up your garden in preparation for spring.
When it comes to planting, it’s now time to get your strawberries, potatoes and brassicas in, such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.
If you’re planning on planting potatoes this year, you’ll need to ’chit’ them beforehand, to give them the best possible start. Chitting your potatoes means allowing them to sprout. We recommend letting the sprouts grow to around 10-15cm prior to planting - which roughly takes four weeks. For more information on how to plant your potatoes check out our video (link).
Strawberries are a kiwi summer favourite - get them in now so that they’ll be ready for Christmas. For the best results dig some Tui strawberry food into your soil prior to planting, then mound the soil up in your garden bed, as this encourages air circulation as well as good drainage. Plant your seedlings along the moulds to encourage your strawberries to hangover, and to prevent the fruit from rotting. Water regularly and apply a good dose of Tui strawberry food every couple of weeks.
Cover with netting to keep the birds away, and watch out for slugs! You can apply Tui Quash (for slugs) around your vege plants or try a beer bait (link).
Flower and rose garden
August is also an ideal time to plant up your natives, and add a bit of spring colour to your garden with antirrhinums, chrysanthemums, cornflowers and carnations.
Prune, prune, prune! It also time to prune your roses, lavender, passionfruit vines and your feijoas trees just in time for spring. If you’re wanting some spring roses, now is the perfect time to plant them. Plant your roses in rich, free-draining soil and apply plenty of compost.
Keep an eye on your lawn for moss this month. It usually appears in areas with poor drainage. If you notice moss appearing give it a good rake and apply some Tui moss control which contains Iron of sulphate. August is also a great time to apply lawn fertiliser.
- Slugs and snails are still around, apply Tui Quash to protect your vege
- Keep an eye on moss
- Apply sheep pellets/ blood and bone to your soil prior to planting.
- Repot plants, tidy up hanging baskets
- Mulch your garden
- Turn over your compost (to speed it up, turn more frequently)
- Plant fruit trees
- Give everything a good dose of general fertiliser, in preparation for new emerging growth