August Gardening

AUGUST GARDENING DIARY!*** Thanks to the admin – just flicking it here 🙂

POTATOES!! – August is the month to get your Christmas potatoes sprouting and ready for planting. Sprout now and plant towards the end of the month. If you are like us, you will use loads of them so set aside plenty or area, and use a different location to last year. –
-You can put your winter supply crop in later in the year (November here last year) to get you through the winter.
-Our families personal favourite is Agri – Yellow tinged flesh with a creamy texture and good for EVERYTHING
-Allow 3 months from planting to harvesting
– Check out his link which includes ‘No dig planting’ and save yourself some work, and harvest clean potatoes!! http://www.gardengrow.co.nz/plant/Potato

ONIONS!! – It’s time to start raising your onions indoors, or in a nice warm spot to get ready to plant them out into the garden in 4-6 weeks. My brown onions last year were great, my red never really formed bulbs and this year I have brought a seed packet of Large White ones to help me out come pickling time! (Good thinking ahead huh )
– They take aaaages until harvest (Think 180-240 days) but don’t let that put you off. They store well and are exciting to dig up
– Check out here for more info http://www.gardengrow.co.nz/plant/Onion

GARLIC!! – I hope that you heeded my advice last month and have your garlic just poking through the soil, but if not – don’t fear! You still have time! I planted mid-September last year and still got a great crop, though hopeing for even bigger this year!

Other crops you can get away with to start raising are spinach, cabbage, snow peas, and even the humble radishes can go straight in the ground now.

So I don’t want to hear any excuses Pop down to your local gardening shop and think of how much this pre-planning will save you over the upcoming months. Its also a fantastic way to get outside, get some fresh air and get ya hands dirty!!

Enjoy!!!

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