August in the Vegie Patch

oldwindowgreenhouseI know I’m repeating myself here, but it’s worth it to get some cover up. It’s cold out. You put on a jersey, so do the same for your plants. The toasty warm soil will really get your seedlings going. If you are on free draining loamy soils then you’ll be able to work your garden. If not, and heavy, wet, gluggy soils are your lot then please leave them be until they’ve dried out. Grow your next lot of crops in tyres or pots. Or make an instant raised bed by piling up rotten straw/ hay and create little pockets of compost to plant into. Keep building and improving your soil by growing greencrops, adding organic matter, and total love and devotion until you too can plant and work at this time of year.

Here’s what I can plant and sow in my vegie patch in August

Given that I’m in the lower half of the North Island, NZ; you’ll need to tweak this information to suit your place. If you’re a beginner and unsure what suits your place then take the plunge and have a go – it’s simply the best way to learn.

Direct sow outside: peas, sno peas, broadbeans, mustard or lupin greencrops, miners lettuce, corn salad, radish, broccoli, cabbage

Direct sow under cover: coriander, parsley, lettuces, spinach, rocket, florence fennel (yum)

Plant outside: broccoli, cabbage, kale, onions, shallots, spring onions, perpetual beet, silverbeet, asparagus, rhubarb

Plant under cover: sprouted potatoes, lettuces, bok choy

Direct sow lots and lots of flowers like calendula, borage, larkspur, love in the mist, poppies, heartsease; and divide up herbs and perennials to keep them fresh and build up your perennial beds.

If you have a greenhouse (or live way up north) you can begin sowing all the fun summer stuff like tomatoes, aubergines and peppers, dwarf beans, zucchini and cucumbers too. You’ll need a heat pad (or the equivalent) to raise aubergine and peppers who need the soil to be at least 20 degrees to germinate.

I was reading advice on a New Zealand website recommending planting zucchini in August. Oh me oh my, perhaps in KeriKeri. Be patient and keep to the season – there are plenty of cool weather crops to keep our tummys full until the weather turns. I can’t help but wonder is it worth extending the zucchini season – isn’t four months enough?


  1. Dianne Fountaine-Cody says:

    Hi Kath, I love to read your articles. Just read though about not putting lime sulphur onto my dwarf apricots and I did do that last week? what might happen? Was going to do a copper spray again soon. Live in Palmerston North so great to see your comments as we’re not that far away from you. With your cloche being a window frame I notice that the glass is not that far above the lettuces – does it not matter if they get a bit frosted now and again when they grow up and touch the glass? Must start getting a bit more organised. Cheers

    • Hi Dianne

      As your apricot is dormant it will likely be fine, its the sulphur thats toxic to apricots. Why are you spraying – did you have a problem with your apricot – perhaps I can help you find an alternative.

      It must be my poor photography showing here – the window is attached to a deep wooden frame so its about 40cm above the salads!
      happy gardening days

  2. Thank you for the inspiration… flowers popping up is just what my garden needs. Once the storm passes and the film festival finishes i will be out there direct sowing the seeds to brighten my days in spring and summer.

    • The flowers are of equal importance to the food don’t you think? (Of course the bees and beneficial insects think so!) So important for our well being … go the flowers! As for the joy of tossing seed around…. happy seed sowing!

  3. Hello. Have you tried seed bombs in NZ. I have an acre and wondered whether they would be worth a go with seeds for plants that bees love.