Sunday, September 20, 2015

Lovely Spring Bulbs

I am so happy with my Irises and tulips that I have decided to buy loads more for 2016 - namely white irises (of which I have one) and tulips. Loads of tulips. No I am not buying them bow - I will pick them up from the garden show in March.





Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Spring has Sprung - September 2015

Sarah’s Melbourne Kitchen Garden 


SEPTEMBER 2015

 
Things to Do in September
- Order summer seedlings
- Propagate summer seeds
- Start removing finished winter crops
- Conduct soil tests on veg beds
- Mulch veg beds, fertilise (add manure, compost and alike)
- Weeding
- Clean and repair outdoor furniture
- Clean BBQ

SOW & GROW
Tomato seedlings and/or seeds
Potatoes
Sow seeds:
- Beetroots
- Carrots
- Radishes
- Spring Onions
- Melons
- Beans & peas


HARVEST NOW
Cabbages, Broccoli, Cauliflowers
Salad greens, spinach
Herbs
Peas, Beans

TIPS – GROWING STRAWBERRIES
Strawberries are very easy to grow and can be planted anywhere and in anything you can get sold into.  They are grown from runners: off shoots of existing plants.  Strawberries need regular watering and minimal fertiliser, but it is essential that the fruit is kept off the soil. I use a layer of sugarcane mulch (straw) to ensure this. For more information on growing berries and other fruit link to this page: Growing Fruit



PESTS AND PROBLEMS: HARDENING OFF SEEDLINGS

Hardening off seedlings refers to the process whereby you acclimatise a new plant to the outdoors.  Most seedlings are propagated from seeds in a controlled environment (green house, seedling mini green house).  When a seeding is ready to plant (I like the plant to have two little leaves at least) take it outside everyday for about two weeks, bringing it in at night.  Try and place it near to where you intend to plant it. It should be hardy and ready to plant!  


WHAT’S ON IN MELBOURNE:
THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW

Saturday 19 to Tuesday 29 September
Melbourne Show Grounds
SARAH’S MELBOURNE KITCHEN GARDEN – SPRING 2015 - BLOG LINK