Monday, August 24, 2015

Winter flowers

We have had a mighty cold winter here in Melbourne (cold for us) with very little sun and loads of rain. At last things are starting to improve.  I am pleased to say that the late winter bulbs and flowers are finally coming out to cheer things up.


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Welcome to August - Winter 2015

Sarah’s Melbourne Kitchen Garden

AUGUST 2015


THINGS TO DO IN AUGUST

  • Weeding - if your garden is looking anything like mine at the moment, it is time to get stuck into those weeds before the warm weather starts.
  • Work on any garden maintenance projects - retaining walls, paving, garden edging
  • Check the use-by dates on your seeds and determine what needs to be replaced before spring
  • If you haven't done so already, prune the roses and any deciduous flowering shrubs
  • Last chance to prune fruit trees (if you can see new growth then it is too late)
SOW & GROW

Salad Vegetables - Sow seeds or plant seedling: Asian Greens, Lettuce, Endive, Salad Greens, Silver Beet, Spinach, Herbs, Roquette, watercress 
Fruit : This is your last chance to get fruit trees and berry canes planted before the change of season.  

HARVEST NOW
I personally find that I don't have too much on the go at this time of year.  I usually have great luck with - Herbs, Lettuce and salad green, Spinach, Baby peas (if I am lucky), and Cauliflower, Broccoli and Cabbage (if the weather has been good)



PESTS AND PROBLEMS: BEES
The problem here is not having enough bees.  I do not keep bees myself (I don't have the room or know-how) but I do make a big effort to attract bees to my garden.  I go out of my way to ensure that I have flowering plants all year round.  I put up this poster on the site a couple of months ago, but it is a goodie so here it is again:

If you are interested in Bee Keeping I recommend that you get a copy of "The Wisdom of Bees" by Erik Berrevoets (Link: Wisdom of Bees)








TIPS – GROWING APPLES

I love my apple trees and have them espaliered across the back wall.  If you want to plant apples remember that you will need two plants to ensure that the flowers are fertilised (and form fruit). Choose varieties carefully taking into account temperature and real estate (size and space) requirements.  If you have chosen well they should require minimum maintenance - fertile during early spring and prune in mid-winter.  Your biggest issue will be keeping the wild life from eating the fruit before you do!. For more information on growing apples and other fruit, please see link to the page: Growing Fruit



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