Friday, January 1, 2016

Welcome to January and 2016 - Summer

Sarah’s Melbourne Kitchen Garden
JANUARY 2016

Welcome to 2016

    THINGS TO DO IN JANUARY
  • Take down Christmas lights and decorations
  • Weeding
  • Fertilise plants
  • Dead head flowers
  • Prune and shape hedge plants
  • Tidy old bulbs (do not cut off dead growth - it feeds the bulbs - just tie it up or hide amongst other plants)

SOW AND GROW

Salad Vegetables: Asian Greens, Lettuce, Endive, Salad Greens, Silver Beet
Root Vegetables: Beetroot, Carrots, Parsnips 
Brassicas: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Mustard
Mediterranean Vegetables: Capsicum, Chilli, Tomatoes, Eggplants
Gourds and assorted: Pumpkins, Squash, Zucchini, Corn, Cucumber

HARVEST NOW
  • Lettuce
  • Asian Greens
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchinis 
  • Eggplants
  • Potatoes 
  • Stone Fruit 

             
PESTS AND PROBLEMS  EXTREME DRY & HOT WEATHER

Variable weather conditions, from humid and wet to scorching and dry, can occur with alarming regularity right across Australia during January and February.  There is not much you can do to protect your garden from extreme heat and dry conditions, but here are a few ideas:

  • Plant drought resistant plants where you can (natives for example)
  • Set up a drip filter watering system (check council restrictions for your area first)
  • Plant shade trees
  • Use shade cloth over delicate plants (set up so that you can put this up and take it down as needed).

GROWING TOMATOES - TIPS
Before you grow: Tomatoes are one of those plants that need to be rotated from one bed to another each year. This means that you can't plant them in the same place year in year out.  Tomatoes grow practically anywhere, and can grow in garden beds, pots and even in those upside down contraptions. Once you have picked a location be sure to fertilise the soil well. For best results dig in manure, potash, and compost before planting. For more information of to the Growing Vegetables page on this blog

ORDERING PLANTS ON LINE

Have you ever thought about ordering plants on line but were not sure of it was worth it? I personally order a number of different items on line during the course of a year.  I have never had any issues receiving items, or with items dying/not taking/arriving in poor condition.  I have ordered bulbs, seeds, seedlings, seed potatoes, fruit trees, and gardening tools and ornaments on line. I have use the following suppliers regularly:

Diggers Club https://www.diggers.com.au
Garden Express: http://www.gardenexpress.com.au





SARAH’S MELBOURNE KITCHEN GARDEN – SUMMER 2016 - BLOG LINK

Happy New Year!

Have a wonderful and safe 2016.

May all of your gardening dreams come true!