Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's day

Have a lovely Valentine's Day!  

I hope that you got flowers to celebrate (even if you had to buy/pick own).

Friday, February 6, 2015

She's Apples!

Something amazing has happened!  For the first time since I planted my apple trees I have been able to pick and eat some apples.  Last year the trees flowered at different times so neither bore fruit, and in the previous years the fruit was eaten by possums before I even got a look in.  But in 2015 the worm has turned...

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Welcome to February - Summer 2015

Sarah’s Melbourne Kitchen Garden – Summer
February 2015   


Things to do in February

  • Weeding
  • Fertilise plants
  • Dead head flowers
  • Prune and shape hedge plants
  • Clean BBQ
  • Tidy old bulbs - remove dead foliage

Sow and Grow

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

Harvest Now!

  • Lettuce, Asian Greens
  • Tomatoes and Zucchinis
  • Strawberries, early Raspberries and Stone Fruit 


Pests and Problems

Extreme dry and heat. This is likely to occur in January and early February and no amount of watering seems to help.  I have heard of people setting up umbrellas and shade cloth during really hot spells to protect their precious plants.  I suggest using a drip filter system and watering either late at night or early in the morning (taking into account local watering times and restrictions.)

HumidityYour 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.


Growing Tomatoes - Tips

One important thing about growing tomatoes, rather like growing potatoes, is to move them around from year to year - don't plant them in the same bed season after season. 

Tomatoes grow practically anywhere, and can grow in garden beds, pots and even in those upside down contraptions.

Tomatoes will need to be staked to ensure that the stems don't break, that air circulates around the plant, and to keep the fruit is kept off the ground.

Fertilise regularly and water daily. For best results dig in manure, pot ash, and compost before planting.

For more hints and tips go to the Growing Vegetables page (yes I know tomatoes are fruit).