Monday, May 25, 2015

Bee advice!

This post came up on Facebook today - very good advice.  I have most of these in my garden and always have loads of bee visitors.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Lovely floral presentation idea.

My local florist has come up with an inexpensive way of displaying seasonal flowers (these were $8 each).



This is something you can easily do at home.  A great idea for table centres, function flowers and just as  nice way to display flowers in your home.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Welcome to May - Autumn 2015

Sarah’s Melbourne Kitchen Garden

MAY 2015 




Things to Do in May

  • Weeding
  • Remove dead annuals, trim hedges and vines
  • Dead head flowers
  • Clean BBQ (for Winter storage)
  • Clear Summer crops and till/fork through soil
  • Add manure, compost and fertilisers and dig through
  • Test soil and add necessary additives (dolomite for example)
  • Put down a layer of sugarcane mulch (or mulch of choice)
SOW & GROW
Sow: 
Beans, Kale, Fennel, Spring Onions, Salad Greens
  
Plant direct (seedlings): 
Broccoli, Cabbage




Harvest Now
  • Remaining summer crops (if any): eggplant, chillies, capsicums and alike)
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins, squash
  • Apples, late fruiting raspberries, figs



PESTS AND PROBLEMS: COLD SNAPS

Sometimes cold snaps make it difficult to get seeds to germinate and seedling to harden off (survive the cold). Autumn can see relative extremes of temperature and it is hard to predict from one week to the next. You may want to consider using a frame over the beds to keep the seedlings warm




TIPS – HERB GARDENS
  
I find herbs really easy to grow and they are a great starter plant for children and new gardeners.  Herbs grow well in pots and small spaces and can even be grown successfully indoors (with the right light and space).  Herbs make great border plants too.
To learn more about herb gardens go to this page: Growing Herbs 






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