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Your Garden

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September

Your Garden brought to you by Marni Johnson at the Tucker Patch;

Quote of the Month:
If I could only grow green stuff in my garden like I can in my refrigerator ~ Anonymous

Sow this month

artichoke-globe, artichoke-jerusalem, climbing beans, bush beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, carrots, celery, chinese cabbage, choko, cucumber, eggplant, kale, lettuce, okra, onion, spring onions, parsnip, climbing peas, dwarf peas, potatoes, pumpkin, rhubarb crown, radish, rockmelon, silverbeet, spinach, squash, sweetcorn, sweet potato, tomato, watermelon, zucchini

The vegetable garden

  • Top up mulch on your veggie patches, herb gardens and ornamental beds. Choose a sustainable, low environmental impact mulch, one that will enrich your soil as it breaks down. Bladey grass makes an excellent and cheap mulch and we have plenty of this fire-grass in this area.
  • Green manure crops like chick pea and barley are good to plant now to improve that dormant veggie patch!
  • Time to plant your new season herbs such as parsley, chives, catnip, sage, oregano, rosemary, thyme and marjoram.

Garden Maintenance

  • Mulch, mulch and more mulch. As the weather warms up those unwanted plants (weeds) will start emerging so beat them by smothering them with mulch.
  • Start your new compost batches. It is easier to get a hot compost started now that the weather is warming up. Just remember to keep the Carbon to Nitrogen ratio around 30:1 to get that heap hot!
  • Start pruning your salvias and semi-dormant plants to encourage new growth.

The Flower garden

  • This is a good time to plant nasturtium, snapdragons, phlox, petunias, marigolds (French) and flowering herbs. They are great at attracting pollinators and beneficial insects to your patch.
  • How about trying some sunflower seeds. They like a sunny spot and they flower later in the year.
  • Remember to plant the seeds to twice the depth of the seed. Cover lightly with dirt and wait until they pop up in no time!

The Orchard

  • Check your citrus trees for gall wasp and remove affected sections by pruning well below the gall. Don’t compost this, just pop it in a bag and toss it in your normal bin. This is your last chance to do this before they hatch out.
  • It’s time to plant blueberries, passionfruit, paw paw, avocados, banana, citrus trees, olives (non-weedy varieties).
  • There is nothing as delicious as a home grown strawberry and this is a good time to refresh your strawberry bed or plant new runners before the hot weather starts. Easy to grow. Plant with crown (of roots) just covered – pH between 5.8 and 6.5 Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 20°C. Space plants: 30 – 100 cm apart Harvest in approximately 11 weeks. Strawberries bruise easily when ripe, handle carefully. Pick with a small piece of stem attached..
  • Better in a bed on their own to allow good sun and air circulation.
  • Avoid growing in same bed: If you are using rotation beds, avoid putting strawberries where you have grown tomatoes, potatoes, peppers or eggplant.

Garden Tip

Strawberries like well drained soil with plenty of humus . To prepare your bed, dig in some compost before planting and possibly use a liquid fertiliser during the growing season. Well fed strawberries taste better. To protect the fruit from moulds, use some form of mulch around the plants. Straw, pine needles, loose grass mulch are all suitable. Mulch will also help suppress weeds. Protect your plants with some sort of netting or you will lose most of your crop.

www.tuckerpatch.com.au

 

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