What to plant in August

Fresh pea fruit with green leaf on wooden background

With Spring just around the corner, it’s time to get into the starting blocks if you’re keen to make the most of the summer growing season. The rains have finally arrived (down in Cape Town anyway), winter works would have included pruning your trees, boosting your soil and perhaps you may have even grown a cover crop for soil vitality or bio-fumigation. You’ve also been removing those pesky caterpillars and snails which have been unusually abundant this year! So, as things warm up, let’s have a look at what you could be planting this month…

Beans and Peas are a good choice to sow directly right now and it’s not too early for Tomatoes (we’d still sow Tomatoes Potatoes which is producing many sprouts. Then its growing to stalks after some period (2-3 weeks).indoors and transplant when a decent size) – we’re so looking forward to a bumper crop of mixed Tomatoes this year! Peppers and Chillies are great to plant now too and if you can get your hands on some, we’d venture to say Potatoes are not a bad choice either. Then of course all the usual suspects that can be grown mostly all year – Spinach, Spring onions, Celery and Beetroot. Let’s not forget it’s not going to be too long before you’re enjoying salads so get those leafy greens in – all the lettuces and Coriander and hey why not try Basil too!

If you are still a little worried about frosts in your area, try sowing indoors and transplant once your seedlings are established and the weather outside warms a little.

Happy planting and if you have any questions, you know where to find us! Good luck!