Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Fact sheets - updates for February 2016

The following fact sheets were added in February 2016:

Basil: Basil Fact Sheet 
Chives: Chives Fact Sheets
Garlic: Garlic Fact Sheet
Ivy: Ivy Fact Sheet
Limes: Limes Fact Sheet
Mandarins: Mandarins Fact Sheet
Mint: Mint Fact Sheet
Zucchini Fritters: Zucchini Fritters Recipe

You can access all of the available fact sheets via Fact Sheets Page


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Fact Sheets are here!

Regular blog viewers would have noticed some major changes to the structure of this blog. Instead of loads of individual pages for various fruit, vegetables and topics (with long lists to scroll through), I have cut it down to three (and the home page). I have left the Seasonal Guide as is, kept the My garden journey page, but added a new Fact Sheets to Download page.

I am in the process of adding in the existing fact sheets (and new ones will be put up over time) but at the moment you can access information sheets (PDF files) on the following topics:

Apples: Apples Fact Sheet

Aubergine (Eggplant): Growing Eggplant
Autumn Garden Guide: Autumn Gardening
Bees - Attracting: Plants to attract bees
Borage: Borage Fact Sheet
Brassicas: Brassicas Fact Sheet
Broccoli & Broccolini: Broccoli Fact Sheet
Bulbs: Bulbs Fact Sheet
Cabbage: Cabbages Fact Sheet
Cauliflower: Cauliflower Fact Sheet
Citrus: Citrus Fact Sheet
Compost: Compost Fact Sheet 
Cordial: Cordials Recipe
Coriander: Coriander Fact Sheet
Courgette (Zucchini/Marrow): Zucchini Growing Guide
Decorating Jars and Preserve containers: Decorating jars
Drying Herbs: Air Drying Herbs
Eggplant (Aubergine): Growing Eggplant
Endive: Endive Fact Sheet
Figs: Figs Fact Sheet
Fig Paste: Fig Paste/Jelly Recipe
Freezing Produce: Freezing Produce Fact Sheet
Fruit Mince: Fruit Mince Recipe
Green Tomato Chutney: Green Tomato Chutney Recipe
Jams: Jam Recipe
Jiffy Pots: Jiffy Pots Fact Sheet
Labels - for preserves: Decorating jars
Lavender Bags: Making Lavender Bags
Lemons: Lemons Fact Sheet
Lemon Curd: Lemon Curd Recipe
Lemon Cake: Lemon Cake Recipe
Lemon - Preserved: Lemons - Preserved Recipe
Lettuce: Growing Salad Vegetables
Mandarins: Citrus Fact Sheet
Millipedes: Millipedes Fact Sheet
Oranges:Oranges Fact Sheet
Orange Vinaigrette: Orange Vinaigrette Recipe
Potatoes: Potatoes Fact Sheet
Preserves - Jams: Jam Recipe
Preserves - Hints and tips: Hints and Tips, Preserves
Preserves - Decorating and labelling jars: Decorating jars
Raspberry Coulis: Raspberry Coulis Recipe
Raspberry Jam: Raspberry Jam Recipe
Salad Vegetables: Growing Salad Vegetables
Slugs and Snails: Slugs and Snails Fact Sheet
Spiced Nuts:Spiced Nuts Recipe
Spring Garden Guide: Spring gardening planner
Summer Garden Guide:Summer Fact Sheet
Tomatoes: Tomatoes Fact Sheet 
Tomato Chutney - Green:  Green Tomato Chutney Recipe
Tomato Spicy Relish: Spicy Tomato Relish Recipe
White Oil: Make your own white oil
Winter Garden Guide:Winter Fact Sheet 
Zucchinis (Courgettes/Marrow): Zucchini Growing Guide
Zucchini Relish: Zucchini Relish Recipe

I am always open to suggestions for new and improved gardening fact sheets, so feel free to provide comment.

Enjoy and happy gardening!

Sarah

Monday, February 1, 2016

February - Managing the garden in Summer!

Sarah’s Melbourne Kitchen Garden
FEBRUARY 2016

WEBSITE MAINTENANCE NOTE: Over the next few months I intend to take down the bulk of the pages and swap them for a single page where you will be able to download information sheets on preserves. growing herbs, fruit, veg and flowers. I will leave my landscaping updates page. Watch this space!

    THINGS TO DO IN FEBRUARY
  • Weeding
  • Tidy garden, remove dead plants
  • Deadhead flowers
  • Regular watering
  • Fertilise fruit and vegetables
  • Clean up tomato plants


SOW AND GROW

Salad Vegetables:  Kales, lettuce
Brassicas: Start propogating broccoli seedlings (sow seeds) 

Root vegetables: Radish
Herbs: Basil, fennel, parsley 



HARVEST NOW


Salad greens
Asian Greens
Tomatoes
Zucchinis 
Eggplants
Potatoes 
Raspberries
Figs


             PESTS AND PROBLEMS  - MILDEWS & MOULD  

Mildew and mould can be a problem when there are weeks of high temperatures, humidity and rain (Late January-February in Melbourne). This can really impact on peas, beans, zucchinis and in some cases berries.  Regular trim off the affected foliage, try and keep foliage from direct contact with the soil, trim so that there is plenty of air circulation, and consider spraying with white oil if it is really bad.

GROWING POTATOES - TIPS


Potatoes can be grown pretty much everywhere - in beds, pots, compost heaps, even hessian bags.  I find that they do best in in well-drained, loose soil. They need regular watering, limited fertiliser, and little attention.  When the potato plants get to about 6 inches high it pays to mound the soil up around the base of the plants.  This is called hilling (the piles look like little hills). Potatoes are ready to dig up when the plants above have died off/gone yellow.  To avoid potato blight (and other diseases) don't plant in the same place every year.
THINGS TO DO IN MELBOURNE


Book your tickets to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show - on 16-20 March 2016:  Garden Show Link






SARAH’S MELBOURNE KITCHEN GARDEN – SUMMER 2016