What to plant in August around Sydney (temperate zone)

August is the time to bring out seed catalogues and start to envision what the garden will look like in the summer. Exciting! This year I am ordering my seeds and seedlings from Diggers, and I would highly recommend it to those looking for quality organic and heirloom seeds. Give your garden a strong and natural start!

On to the planting/planning list, graciously provided by Gardenate.

1. Asparagus

Asparagus
Asparagus by Bianca

Where: sow in garden, or plant as crowns; frost tender
Harvest: from 24 months (!!!)

2. Beetroot

Warm mackerel & beetroot salad
Warm mackerel & beetroot salad by poppy

Where: sow in garden
Harvest: from October – November

3. Cabbage

Cabage
Cabbage by Clyde Robinson

Where: grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Harvest: from October – December

4. Cape Gooseberry (also Golden Berry, Chinese Lanterns)

summer fruit
summer fruit by beccaplusmolly

Where: sow in garden
Harvest: from December

5. Capsicum (also Bell pepper, Sweet pepper)

capsicums for sale at borough market, london!!!!
capsicums for sale at borough market, london!!!! by lone snapper

Where: grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks; sow in pots
Harvest: from November

6. Chilli (also Hot peppers)

The new chilli
The new chilli by will ockenden

Where: grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks; sow in pots
Harvest: from November

7. Eggplant (also Aubergine)

enormous dusky eggplant, average sized boy
enormous dusky eggplant, average sized boy by woodleywonderworks

Where: grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Harvest: from November – December

8. Globe artichokes

Globe Artichoke
Globe Artichoke by London Permaculture

Where: sow in garden; bring on in pots
Harvest: from June – October

9. Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi
Kohlrabi by La Grande Farmers’ Market

Where: sow in garden
Harvest: from October – November

10. Leeks

pender-island leeks
pender-island leeks by Island Vittles

Where: grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Harvest: from December – January

11. Lettuce

DSC03537 - lettuce
lettuce by RaeA

Where: sow in garden, or start in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Harvest: from October – November

12. Mint

Mint Juleps (Step 1:  Pick the Mint)
Mint Juleps (Step 1: Pick the Mint) by thebittenword.com

Where: grow in trays and plant out or start from cuttings
Harvest: from October – November

13. Mustard greens (also gai choy)

01 Taste Good Gai Choy
01 Taste Good Gai Choy by jasonlam

Where: sow in garden
Harvest: from October

14. Onion

harvested onions
harvested onions by sleepyneko

Where: grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks
Harvest: from February – April

15. Parsnip

Parsnips
Parsnips by strife

Where: sow in garden
Harvest: from December – January

16. Peas

Peas in a pod
Peas in a pod by Shelley & Dave

Where: sow in garden
Harvest: from November

17. Potato

for Sarah, who doesn't think potato plants are pretty
for Sarah, who doesn’t think potato plants are pretty by ekpatterson

Where: plant tuber
Harvest: from December – January

18. Radish

First Harvest of Seeds Sown in 2010
First Harvest of Seeds Sown in 2010 by Chiot’s Run

Where: sow in garden
Harvest: from October

19. Rocket (also Arugula/Rucola)

Arugula
Arugula by Chiot’s Run

Where: sow in garden
Harvest: from September – October

20. Shallots (also Eschalots)

Shallots
Shallots by daisybush

Where: plant small bulblets, with stem just showing above ground
Harvest: from November – December

21. Snow Peas (also Sugar Peas, Mangetout, Chinese Peas)

Snow Peas
Snow Peas by amandabhslater

Where: sow in garden
Harvest: from November – December

22. Spring onions (also Scallions, Bunching onions)

spring onion
spring onion by snowball.team

Where: sow in garden
Harvest: from October – November

23. Sunflower

Sunflower
Sunflower by Paul Hudson

Where: sow in garden
Harvest: from November

24. Thyme

Tomillo sobre tomillo / Thyme over thyme
Tomillo sobre tomillo / Thyme over thyme by jjramos

Where: grow in seed trays and plant out 6-8 weeks
Harvest: from June – September

25. Tomato

Tomato
Tomato by Manjith Kainickara

Where: grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks; frost tender
Harvest: from October – December

26. Watermelon

Big melons
Big melons by badorsey

Where: grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks; frost tender
Harvest: from November – December

3 thoughts on “What to plant in August around Sydney (temperate zone)”

  1. You are right Geoff, if asparagus is inactive over the winter, then frost will not harm it. However, if the shoots are coming out and the frost hits, I believe (although there is some disagreement on that) that the shoots, damaged by frost, die off and the plant takes days to produce new shoots.

    I don’t think we need to worry about it in Sydney area though 🙂

  2. Hi,

    Nice list, but I’ve got to question to “frost tender” attribute on Asparagus. It dies down over winter then comes back in Spring.

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