Gardening Calendar for August 2011

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

Hello friends, here is the garden shores for August.
Remember to think in your fall garden, start your seeds of winter vegies.

August 2011
1st-2nd A Barren Time. Best For Killing Weeds, Briars, Poison Ivy, And Other Plant Pests. Clear Woodlots And Fencerows.

3rd-4th Good Days For Planting Aboveground Crops. Excellent For Sowing Grains, Winter Wheat, Oats, And Rye. Plant Flowers.

5th-7th Plant Peas, Beans, Tomatoes, Peppers And Other Aboveground Crops, In Southern Florida, California, And Texas. Extra Good For Leafy Vegetables. Plant Seedbeds.

8th-9th Cut Winter Wood, Do Clearing And Plowing, But No Planting.

10th-12th A Good Time To Plant Aboveground Crops.

13th-14th Barren Days. Fine For Killing Plant Pests.

15th-17th Favorable Days For Planting Root Crops, Fine For Vine Crops. Good Days For Transplanting.

18th-19th Barren Days. Do No Planting.

20th-21st Root Crops That Can Be Planted Now Will Yield Well. Good Days For Transplanting.

22nd-23rd Any Seeds Planted Now Will Tend To Rot.

24th-25th Most Favorable Days For Planting Beets, Onions, Turnips, And Other Root Crops. Plant Seedbeds And Flower Gardens. Good Days For Transplanting.

26th-29th A Barren Time. Best For Killing Weeds, Briars, Poison Ivy, And Other Plant Pests. Clear Woodlots And Fencerows.

30th-31st Good Days For Planting Aboveground Crops. Excellent For Sowing Grains, Winter Wheat, Oats, And Rye. Plant Flowers.

Sierra Foothills, CA(Zone 8a)

Again, Cristina, thanks for posting these bulletins for us to follow. I have been following these charts all year this year.

~ Evelyn

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

Happy to help.

I do only plant when the moon is happy to let me do it and I believe my plants do better and are more productive.

I am starting my seeds in flats inside, our winter has been very cold, looking forward to spring!

I am pruning some shrubs and a couple of fruit trees fruit trees, I already put few garlics on the ground and they are already sprouting,

Need to prune a couple of very young grapes vines, but lately has been cold and wet, raining steadily

Sierra Foothills, CA(Zone 8a)

Cristina ~ How cold does it get where you live? Does it snow there?

It is still hot, and it stays in the 80's for most of the summer, though much hotter elsewhere, even the Sacramento valley, which is the closest large city, about 45 miles. We are 20 "mountain miles" from the nearest town, which is Placerville. They call it a city, but it is a small one. I really like to grow as much produce as possible. (Flowers, too!) Do you grow any flowers?

Tomorrow I will be planting some seeds for fall crops...lettuce, broccoli and peas. I have just harvest about the last of the spring peas, believe it or not. I keep telling them I will pull them out soon, and then they keep giving me more peas. I have to pull them out tomorrow so I can plant my fall crop. I will harvest my garlic and plant some new cloves in November, as I planted these late, but still they grew well. they are a bit small, probably since I did not plant them at the right time as the growers told me they plant theirs in November.

What crops have you started inside so far?

~ Evelyn

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

no, Evelyn we do not get snow here, when you get to the mountains yes but that is around 60 miles away from me, We have a couple of night with -4 to -6 degrees Celsius, which is 25F and 21F.

July that is equivalent to your January (winter, winter) the temp. stays around 10C that is 50F, cold but not too cold. The problem for us here is summer, not as high temp. as I'd like.

I grow most vegetables, not extended season and heat for melons, the tomatoes I have to start them early and inside, in this area potatoes are cultivated for the entire country, apples galore, lots of stone fruits are exported to USA and Europe, Chile with rich volcanic soil, export lots of vegetables and fruit.

I need to wait till mid August for peas and beans, I do start some peas and beans in small pots , the same with pumpkin ( squash, I think are called in US).

You can still have time for some cabbage and other winter vegetables.

Sierra Foothills, CA(Zone 8a)

Yes, next year I will grow some corn, squash (zucchini and winter), melons and beans. We had too much shade until the pine tree was felled this year.

I also have to start any warm season veggies inside as this year it was cold until June 1st...with hail!

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Sierra Foothills, CA(Zone 8a)

21 to 25 is cold enough! We get snow here every year, though usually it does not get below 20. The year before last it was 17 for about a week.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

Evelyn, I'm sorry I did not answer you before, a relative got ill and we all have to move to the hospital, he is well now, and he is home with my nieces, 3 and 4 nephews

I love your flower bed, I do have many bulbs and some are starting to appear announcing the coming Spring, We have a full week of rain and because the emergency I could not start any of my seeds, now I have to wait till Monday and hope that I can start with some peas and beans in pots to move to the ground in late September.

I also need to start with pumpkin ....

Sierra Foothills, CA(Zone 8a)

Good luck! There always seems to be something more important than seed-starting. I hope that your spring planting does well.

I will be planting potatoes in fall this year as the ones I planted in spring yielded very little. I did put a few leftovers in the ground last fall and they are still growing. Do you grow potatoes?

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

Yes Evelyn, I do grow some, much more as a novelty, to enjoy 1 or 2 meals of homegrown taters, around here they are cheap, I leave in a potato / wheat growing region,now in winter when potatoes are dear, we pay Chilean$ 8.000 = US$ 16 around 70 US cents per pound.

Potatoes are heavy feeders you need to fertilize or use rich organic soil with plenty of compost and have to be careful with too much manure, just a bit only.

I do grow them in container or bags I live in a residential area, not a big yard but I manage to have a good vegetable garden and I try to grow what is more expensive. Also over here there are plenty small growers, local organic producers and vegetables are not dear at all.

Tomorrow I'll put some pumpkin, beans and peas and we'll see how they'll behave.....

Sierra Foothills, CA(Zone 8a)

Yes, potatoes are cheap here too....but rarely do I see organically grown potatoes. I don't know what chemicals are commonly used on potatoes. They use way too many chemicals here in this country. Monsanto has them all "over a barrel".

I wish i could grow all of the veggies that we use. Then I know that they are grown with love but not chemicals.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

That is what everybody want I feel. I do grow lots of things in pots, but the natives people around here, the Araucanos, do not use fertilizers other than manures. In that we are lucky here in La Araucania, which is the name of the region.

The blue egg come from the Araucana hen, original from here.

Sierra Foothills, CA(Zone 8a)

Yes, thank you for the wonderful information. We have a friend that gives us blue eggs, though they look a bit green....also our neighbors have chickens so we have plenty of fresh eggs. (We live in a rural area.) They don't allow chickens in the cities.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

It is difficult to understand some municipalities, counties regulation, but that is what it is.

I find some rules fascinating. You wonder who make them. I love to have fresh eggs, I cannot keep chickens in my place either, but 5 blocks away you can.... go figure that out!

Prosperity, SC(Zone 7b)

This is great:0)

Sierra Foothills, CA(Zone 8a)

Wow, Cristina!

September is almost here. I am looking forward to fall. Right now it is too hot to start many things unless I start them indoors. Maybe I will do a few things as I do not want to miss the fall gardening season. I usually wait until it is too late then wonder why I don't have anything unless I buy them at the nursery!

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

Evelyn, so sorry. Life always interferes in my plans. I've been busy with other things and I was not even aware how times was running away ...

I'll put the calendar for Sep. right now.

Love, cristina.

Sierra Foothills, CA(Zone 8a)

Thanks a bunch, as always!

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