Sunday, May 1, 2016

May - Late Autumn Gardening



Sarah’s Melbourne Kitchen Garden

MAY 2016


THINGS TO DO IN MAY


  • Weeding
  • Remove dead annuals, trim hedges and vines
  • Dead head flowers
  • Clean BBQ (for Winter storage)
  • Clear Summer crops and till/fork through soil
  • Add manure, compost and fertilisers and dig through
  • Plant winter seedlings
  • Put down a layer of sugarcane mulch (or mulch of choice)
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SOW AND GROW

Sow: 

  • Beans
  • Kale, endive, rocket
  • Fennel
  • Spring Onions
  • Salad Green
Seedlings to plant
  • Broccoli & broccolini
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Salad greens
  • Beans and peas
  • Herbs 

HARVEST NOW

  • Eggplants
  • Capsicums, chillies and any remaining summer crops
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins and squash
  • Apples, figs
  • Late fruiting raspberries


You can get more information on things to do, things to sow and grow and things to harvest from the Autumn Fact SheetAutumn Gardening

PESTS AND PROBLEMS:  
WHAT TO DO WITH EXCESSIVE HARVESTS

One of the many dilemmas of a product season is how to keep and preserve your produce.  Making jams, pickles and relishes is a great way to use extra fruit and veg, but often it takes weeks to get enough to make a decent batch.

In some cases freezing the items is an option. Before freezing, make sure that the items are clean, free of dirt and blemishes. Peel, de-seed and cut items before freezing. Store them in a freezer proof container, which seals tight.  Produce can be kept for up to a year if correctly stored.    
You can get more information on freezing your harvest by downloading the fact sheet: Freezing Produce Fact Sheet


GROWING SALAD GREENS

Growing salad vegetables is among the easiest and most rewarding gardening project. You can grow salad veg pretty much anywhere - beds, pots, on window sills! Salad veg includes lettuce (all varieties), kale, endive, spinach - basically all of your leafy greens. They are best planted in full sun, grow all year around and aside from regular watering require little else.    

You can get more information on growing bulbs by downloading the fact sheet: Growing Salad Vegetables




SARAH’S MELBOURNE KITCHEN GARDEN – AUTUMN 2016