Friday, April 3, 2015

Have a safe and Happy Easter

I hope that you all have a safe and Happy Easter.  I hope that you get to enjoy some time in your garden over the break.

Sarah






Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Welcome to April - Autumn 2105

Sarah’s Melbourne Kitchen Garden

APRIL 2015 
 MARCH 2015



HAPPY EASTER               
Have a wonderful and safe Easter! Enjoy the holiday and your garden.


THINGS TO DO IN April
-  Weeding
-  Plant sweet peas
 - Remove withered Summer crops
 - Plant Spring bulbs
 - Test soil PH levels
-  Dig in manure/compost into soil





SOW AND GROW

- Sow cauliflowers, beans, broccoli 
- Sow salad vegetable seeds
- Plant onions, garlic and root vegetables
- Prepare beds cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower seedling 




HARVEST NOW

- End of season zucchinis, eggplant and tomatoes
- Pumpkin and squash
- Apples, berries and figs
- Salad greens
- Capsicum and chilies

PESTS AND PROBLEMS

I find that the biggest issue I have with colder season fruit and vegetables is knowing when to sow seeds and more importantly, when to plant the seedlings.  I try and get brassica (broccoli, cabbage etc) seedlings in the ground by early May to ensure that they take root before the cold starts in earnest (otherwise they don't start growing until late August and then get eaten by cabbage moth). You may wish to set up a frame/cover for your seedlings if you are worried about frosts.

GROWING RASPBERRIES

I find raspberries very easy to grow. You plant raspberry runners in Winter (in fact when you buy them they look like an unimpressive bare twig). Give them plenty of space and a well supported trellis to grow against.  Plant them, water them and let them go.  Some raspberries fruit in Summer and some in Autumn, and some in both seasons. Trim regularly to keep them under control (they will shoot off runners up to two metres from the original plant - maybe further)
For more information of to the "Growing Fruit" page: Fruit




SARAH’S MELBOURNE KITCHEN GARDEN – AUTUMN 2015