Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June Gardening - Winter

Sarah’s Melbourne Kitchen Garden

JUNE 2016










THINGS TO DO IN JUNE


  • Clean out the potting shed
  • Clean garden tools
  • Spread sugar cane mulch  
  • Order fruit trees and berry canes
  • Prepare locations for fruit trees and berries
  • Conduct soil testing, prepare soil, add in manures and composts
  • Prune fruit trees


SOW & GROW

Salad Vegetables - Sow seeds or plant seedling: Asian Greens, Lettuce, Endive, Salad Greens, Silver Beet, Spinach, Herbs 
Plant Legume seedlings: Beans, Peas
Sow seed for Root Vegetables: Beetroot, Potatoes, Radishes, Parsnips 
Order Berry canes: Raspberry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Strawberries
Order Fruit Trees: Cherries, Apples, Pears, Citrus, Stone Fruits

HARVEST NOW
I personally never have much on in terms of produce in early winter, but you may have some luck with:
  • Potatoes
  • Peas and beans
  • late raspberries
  • Salad vegetables
  • Coriander 
For more seasonal information download the Winter Fact Sheet: Winter Fact Sheet 

PESTS AND PROBLEMS: SLUGS & SNAILS
There are thousands of varieties of snails and slugs in the world, and all of them like to eat your favourite garden produce. Getting rid of snails seems like a never-ending battle, but here are some suggestions:

  • Manual eradication (crushing them under foot)
  • Snail baits 
  • Snail traps/beer traps.
You can get more information about dealing with snails and slugs by downloading the fact sheet: Slugs and Snails Fact Sheet

TIPS – GROWING BROCCOLI & BROCCOLINI
Broccoli and Broccolini can be grown from either seed or seedling. I would recommend seeding at this time of year to enable sufficient time for the plants to grow and produce by the end of winter. They require well drained soil, like full sun and regular watering. They can be grown in pots. For more information on growing broccoli and broccolini, download the fact sheet: Broccoli Fact Sheet


SARAH’S MELBOURNE KITCHEN GARDEN – WINTER 2016