Thursday, December 25, 2014

Have a wonderful Christmas!

I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas and get to enjoy your gardens on the day (and for all days to come)!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Preparing for Christmas

Christmas is a busy time of year for everyone, and it is important to remember to look after the garden and get it ready for your visitors.  What should I consider?:

  • Mow the lawn, trim the foliage and generally tidy up the garden a week before the big day
  • Check that any outdoor furniture is clean and in working order
  • Make sure that the BBQ is clean and that you have plenty of gas/fuel for the holiday season
  • Water the garden regularly and/or set the timers on automatic watering systems
  • If you are holding an event outdoors then check the weather and make sure that there are plenty of tables, chairs and umbrellas/cover where required.
  • Check for spiders and other nasties around furniture and decking (curious children can touch before they ask)
Enjoy the season and your garden!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas Lights

Are you someone who decorates their garden or front of your property for Christmas.  I am.  Nothing very exciting, just some icicle lights around the porch and coloured lights along the front fence. I use solar lights (because they are cheap and easy) but electric lights are great too.  Unless you go "all in" and start your Christmas light planning in October, now is the time to set up your house lights.  Have fun


Monday, December 1, 2014

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.