August is a gentle, peaceful time in my Adelaide garden, a time for poring over seed catalogues and imagining future abundance. Most of the fruit trees are dormant and everything else is growing slowly.
When it’s not raining, July and August are months for pruning roses and deciduous fruit trees and pulling out weeds to feed to the chooks.
The only things I planted in July were cuttings that I hope to strike.
I’m harvesting a range of herbs, including Italian parsley, lemongrass, rosemary, sage, oregano and thyme. There’s plenty of silverbeet, celery and spring onions and the broccoli is coming along well and should be ready in the next month. We would be eating kale if the chooks didn’t keep getting to it first.
Fruit-wise, not much is happening. Most of the limes are finished and the orange tree is laden but the fruit is only now moving from mouth-puckeringly sour to bearable. The chooks are laying like troopers and we’re getting 3-4 eggs each day.
To Do List
In August I plan to:
- finish pruning the roses
- order and then start planting seeds for summer in pots
- clean and tidy the shed
- try to stay on top of the weeds
- work out how Lola the chook is escaping – the chicken run is like Fort Knox and yet she still gets out
This is my August post for the Garden Share Collective.