July is the quietest month on the gardening calendar with the garden cold and largely on pause, but from August onwards it starts to waken as the warmer weather starts to creep in and we get ready for Spring and Summer plantings. Nothing new was planted, but we did get to harvest some broccoli and carrots which saved us a trip to the shops (that’s always a win) and the chooks are enjoying nibbling the lettuce. I didn’t end up relocating any of the brassicas from the shadier part of the garden, we’ll see how they go now that the sun has moved a little in the sky and they are getting more light, though I’m not hopeful of a good result.

Here’s a few pics of the space –

Not exactly a big head of broccoli and picking it a bit late, but it was delicious!
Miss L helping to harvest the carrots – it’s a bit addictive, like finding buried treasure!
Our carrots for dinner that day plus a few eggs from the chookies
Lots of winter growth in this garden bed – peas, carrots, lettuce and a few broadbeans
carrots and coriander
the 2nd garden bed looking a bit empty – with potatoes in the front section ad the netted brassicas in the background
in front of the peas are a few self seeded plants – silverbeet, rocket and radish

Plans for August for the 10 in 10 Challenge crops:

CropAugust tasks
TomatoesStart seeds inside on heat mat (plant out in October)
Basil
Cucumber
Zucchini
Carrots
Lettuce / Salad Greenslots self seeded lettuces appearing, monitor and relocate if needed
Potatoessource and plant out seed potatoes (if available online as lock down means that stores are closed)
Peassew more seeds?
Cabbagestart new seedlings inside to plant out for Spring
Broccoli/ Cauliflowerharvest when heads form (hopefully!)

Other tasks for August
I’ve almost finishing digging out the grass from under the fruit trees, and am gathering boxes for sheet mulching in August/September. Another job for August which hasn’t yet been done is to tidy up the raspberries. And as the weather warms up all of the garden beds will receive a layer of sheep manure. I also have some Black Grit to try. I also started to go through my existing seed collection and don’t think I need to purchase much for the Spring/Summer season – though I can always find something to buy when it comes to seeds!

I’ll be posting updates on Facebook and Instagram throughout the month, and will have a blog review of the month for you towards the end of August.

Until then – get growing!