Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Melbourne Cup and Roses

Although I am not a fan of horse racing, I am a fan of roses, and roses at Flemington are a big part of the Melbourne Cup.  If you are having a bet, then good luck to you, otherwise just enjoy the roses!

Image from "The Age" 
Image from "thecultureconcept.com"



Sunday, November 1, 2015

Welcome to November - Spring 2015

Sarah’s Melbourne Kitchen Garden 
NOVEMBER 2015


 
THINGS TO DO IN NOVEMBER

- Check on the progress of all of the Summer seedlings
- Fertilise tomatoes and other plants
- Stake tomatoes
- Weeding
- Tie up and tidy dying foliage from bulbs (no not cut off unless dead)
- Give your fruit trees the once over - do you need to net the fruit?


SOW & GROW

We are now getting to the time of year where anything grow and grows rapidly. 
Seedlings
- Tomatoes 
- Chillies
- Capsicums
- Eggplant
- Zucchini
Sow: 
- Chervril, chives, coriander, punmpkins (and other gourds)
- All salad greens (put keep an eye on them if there is a bout of hot weather - they will bolt to seed)

HARVEST NOW

You should be getting into the big harvest season now.  Check on your:
- Peas, beans
- Carrots, parsnips, potatoes, turnips
- Onions, garlic, leeks, spring onions
- Salad greens and herbs 

TIPS – GROWING ZUCCHINIS

I love zucchinis and it just wouldn't be summer without them. They are one of these plants which grow pretty much anywhere and are equally successful whether grown from seed or seedling.  They are greedy plants and require a lot of space and regular watering.  I wouldn't fertilise them (beyond mulch and manure in the bed/pot pre-planting) otherwise they will take over the entire yard. I wouldn't recommend planting more than two or three plants unless you are planning on sharing them or making relishes (see Using Produce

Find out more about zucchinis on the Growing Vegetables page.

EXTRAS - CHRISTMAS IS COMING

With the Christmas season just around the corner now is the time to plan out any garden decorating ideas, and consider what social events may be occurring in your garden space.  Check any paving and garden edges to make sure that they are even and safe, schedule some time to mow lawns, trim vines and shrubs, and clean the outdoor furniture.  You may wish to buy some cheap annuals/potted colour to give your garden a more festive appeal. 


PESTS AND PROBLEMS: WEEDS
Spring brings warmer weather and lovely conditions for gardening, but it also encourages the growth of weeds. Depending on how you manage your garden, you may decided to use a commercial weed spray to tackle the problem (very effective but read labels carefully before use), or you may take the old fashioned route of pulling them manually.  Manually weeding is the most effective, but it is labour intensive.  It is important to pull weeds before they flower/go to seed (not always possible) and to pull out the root system.  Some weeds twist themselves around other plants, making them difficult to remove.  As a preventative measure, I find that a good layer of sugarcane mulch helps reduce weed growth.


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