Monday, June 1, 2015

Winter is here! - June 2015

Sarah’s Melbourne Kitchen Garden

JUNE 2015


THINGS TO DO IN JUNE
- Clean out the potting shed
- Clean garden tools
- Spread sugar cane mulch  
- Order fruit trees and berry canes
- Prepare locations for fruit trees and berries
- Conduct soil testing, prepare soil, add in manures and composts



SOW & GROW
Salad Vegetables - Sow seeds or plant seedling: Asian Greens, Lettuce, Endive, Salad Greens, Silver Beet, Spinach, Herbs 
Plant Legume seedlings: Beans, Peas
Sow seed for Root Vegetables: Beetroot, Potatoes, Radishes, Parsnips 
Order Berry canes: Raspberry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Strawberries
Order Fruit Trees: Cherries, Apples, Pears, Citrus, Stone Fruits


HARVEST NOW
I personally never have much on in terms of produce in early winter.  At best I have some early peas, late raspberries and salad vegetables.





PESTS AND PROBLEMS

Cabbage Moth:
Not an unattractive moth (being small, white and delicate), cabbage moth often appear in impressive numbers and will decimate your entire crop of broccoli and cabbage in under a week. You may consider spraying with a commercial spray, or a homemade mix of soapy water. Harvest your crops as soon as you can.

TIPS – GROWING CABBAGE

I prefer to grow cabbages from seedlings rather than seed.  I find that with the Melbourne weather, it is hard to get seedlings to sprout and grow sufficiently to ensure a good yield before the weather gets warm again. Plant in full sun, in lightly fertilised soil, giving each plant plenty of room to grow. You may wish to cover them if you are getting hard frosts. Once the head starts to develop they should be ready to pick in about 2 weeks. (10-14 weeks from planting to picking). Feel free to give them a little fertiliser every so often and don't over water. Keep an eye out for signs of cabbage month.  

SARAH’S MELBOURNE KITCHEN GARDEN – WINTER 2015 - BLOG LINK