It’s been a great season and a walk through our patch see’s zucchinis’, cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, potatoes, broccoli, kale, strawberries, raspberries, currants and a couple of 2 year old pear and apple tree’s. Unlike their sisters in the chook run who didn’t give us fruit for the first 2 years these guys have loved being espaliered next to the veg and we are looking forward to tasting their hard work.
Hard to believe its time to sew our autumn and winter seeds when the weather has been so consistently hot! Once you have the seeds you want to eat start to plant use a planter boxes with a clear lid to give the seeds a good start. Dependent on the plant I also use seedling punnets and then stack them in a tray alphabetically. If you don’t have any of this check out your recycle bin and see what you can find to grow plant’s in. Cut the top off a yoghurt tub, milk cartons – anything that will hold soil, water and then you can start to grow food. Next step put some organic potting mix, some compost (if you have some) into the pot you’ve chosen and sow your seeds. I find the heirloom seeds guidelines are much more accurate to the climate where I live than the commercial hybrid brands. After you’ve buried the seed, water in with seaweed fertiliser and don’t forget to label them. To save some coin, I use a flat bit of bark or an icy pole stick to create labels for each seed so I don’t get confused and most importantly know where they belong when its time to hit the veggie patch.
What you can sow now – Beetroot, Broad Beans, Broccoli, Bean Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chives, Coriander, Dill, English Spinach, Leeks, Asian Greens, Kohlrabi, Kale, Parsley, Swede, Spring Onion and Garlic. (post coming soon on how to handle garlic)