Saturday, October 31, 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

Post Holiday Garden Explosion

For those who are unaware, I have spent the last three weeks in Canada and USA. I saw some lovely gardens and Autumns colour 





but came back to a jungle! It must have been a combination of hot, humid and wet weather here in Melbourne for the growth to be this prolific.  When I look at the photos it all looks rather lovely and lush, rather than the untidy reality.








I have started working on the tidy up and calculate that it will take me at least a week to get things back in order. I also need to replace one of the side garden arches as it has collapsed either from the weight of the vines or strong winds.





Thursday, October 1, 2015

Welcome to October - Spring 2015

Sarah’s Melbourne Kitchen Garden 

OCTOBER 2015






THINGS TO DO IN OCTOBER

- Harden off summer seedlings
- Weeding
- Clean and repair outdoor furniture
- Buy seedlings (if you haven't grown your own)
- Mulch and Fertilise soil
- Prepare beds for summer crops

SOW & GROW
Plant summer seedlings:
- Tomatoes, capsicum & chillis
- Eggplants
- Zucchinis

Sows: 
- Beetroot
- Beans 
- Eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, 
- Pumpkins, squash & corn

Buying Seeds and Seedlings on Line:
Diggers Club: Diggers Club Link
Garden Express: Garden Express Link

HARVEST NOW
- Potatoes
- Peas & beans
- Carrots, parsnips, turnips
- Onions, garlic, leeks, spring onions
- Salad green

TIPS – GROWING LEMONS AND CITRUS
I have had very limited success with citrus over the years, but have learnt many valuable lessons on the way.  Make sure that you give each plant plenty of room.  Do not plant other plants within the canopy of the trees (the area underneath the branches) as citrus doesn't like to share.  Treat sooty mould (sticky black substance on leaves) with white oil as soon as it appears, cut out gall wasp as soon as you see it, and regularly use an organic citrus fertiliser.
For more information on growing fruit link to this page: Fruit Page

PESTS & PROBLEMS - SCARECROWS

I love having a scarecrow in the garden.  They are fun to make and look great.  However, they do not seem to make any difference in terms of scaring off birds or other pests - I would recommend getting a fake owl, hanging old CDs or getting pin wheels (movement) for a more effective solution.  I will be making new scarecrows this year and will put the details up on the blog as I go. 

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