Plant now: silver beet, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, bulb onions, broad beans, coriander, garlic bulbs.
To do in the Garden
- Maintain soil moisture and remove weeds.
- Divide perennial herbs.
- Remove finished plants such as beans and tomato.
- If you’re growing asparagus, cut the fronds to the ground in late autumn and mulch the bed with compost.
August is time to harvest beetroot! Beetroot is full of folate and fibre, and is great on sandwiches, salads or as a relish. This Beetroot & Potato Salad is a great accompaniment to a BBQ, maybe over your Easter long weekend.
Beetroot & Potato Salad
10 minutes preparation + 45-60 minutes cooking
19 serves of vegies in this recipe
5 medium potatoes, scrubbed, cut into chunks
4 medium beetroot
4 spring onions, sliced
2 sticks celery, sliced
1 Lebanese cucumber, sliced
½ cup plump raisins or sultanas
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon orange juice
3 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (parsley, mint, coriander and/or basil)
Steam potatoes for 15-20 minutes until tender. Boil unpeeled beetroot for 30-40 minutes until tender. Cool, peel and cut into wedges. Mix all salad ingredients in a serving bowl. Combine dressing ingredients in a screw-top jar and shake well. Toss through salad and serve immediately. Serves 6.
Salad can be prepared beforehand but do not add beetroot and dressing until just before serving as the beetroot will colour the potato and cucumber.
Balsamic vinegar or lemon juice may be substituted for red-wine vinegar.
Pest Control in the Garden
Left-eating Ladybirds are the only Ladybirds that are pests and are marked by 26 or 28 spots (rather than the other species which have 18 spots). They attack water-stressed plants in hot weather. To remove, don some gloves and squash these critters along with their eggs and larvae.