Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year

Enjoy your New Year's Eve and good gardening in 2014.


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas 2013

I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas with all the best for 2014.  Sarah

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Tidying for Christmas

I don't get a lot of time for proper gardening during December, what with Christmas preparations, parties and shopping on the cards. I do make time to trim back the beds, keep the weeds under control and garden furniture clean and cobweb free for the silly season.

Enjoy the season


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Fertilise, water and weed

Although December is a month with little time for gardening it is important to remember to feed those summer crops. Water regularly, put done plenty of manure and use a good all round fertiliser like Seasol. 

Make sure those tomatoes are looking good for the new year. :)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Weeding and preparing the garden

Well after all of the heat and rain of late the garden has turned into a jungle.  Time to head out with my pith helmet and trusty machete and cut my way through the growth:)

Okay things aren't quite that bad, but there is certainly a lot of work to do before Christmas.  Time to get organised. Sarah

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas Preparations

As regular readers of my blog know, I make preserves, jams, sauces out of my excess harvests.  At Christmas I make up hampers for my friends and relatives with the fruits of my labour.  I still have to finish off the spicy tomato relish and bake the gingerbreads, but here is how they look so far.  Large baskets contain (basket $4 from Masters) tea towel, plush decoration, lavender bag, bouquet garni, mint sauce, pickled onion relish, spicy tomato relish, zucchini relish, marmalade, and strawberry jam.
Recipes and instructions on how to make items are on the relevant fruit or veg page of this blog.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Summer is here!


What to plant:
Pretty much anything goes in Summer.  Growth is prolific.  Why not try:

Salad Vegetables: Asian Greens, Lettuce, Endive, Salad Greens, Silver Beet
Root Vegetables: Beetroot, Carrots, Parsnips 
Brassicas: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Mustard
Mediterranean Vegetables: Capsicum, Chilli, Tomatoes, Eggplants
Gourds and assorted: Pumpkins, Squash, Zucchini, Corn, Cucumber

What to harvest:
  • Lettuce, Asian Greens
  • Tomatoes, Zucchinis and Eggplants
  • Capsicum & Chillies (late Summer)
  • Potatoes (early Summer)
  • Berries, Stone Fruit and Figs
Jobs to do:
  • Weeding
  • Fertilise plants
  • Dead head flowers
  • Prune and shape hedge plants
  • Fertilise citrus (late Summer)
  • Clean BBQ
  • Clean outdoor furniture
  • Tidy old bulbs (do not cut off dead growth - it feeds the bulbs - just tie it up or hide amongst other plants)
Potential Problems:
Mould and mildew were my big problems last year.  There were a couple of weeks of humidity and rain and the peas were positively ruined. I had to regularly trim off the foliage on the zucchini too, as it was also a victim of mildew.

Humidity. Your lettuce and salad greens will bolt to seed with humid, hot and rainy weather.  Sometimes I just let them go and self seed the bed.