Monday, July 25, 2016

New Fact Sheets available now

The following fact sheets were added from May to July 2016:

Cherries: Cherries Fact Sheet
Mulberries: Mulberry Fact Sheet
Sage: Sage Fact Sheet
Spinach: Spinach Fact Sheet 

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

Friday, July 1, 2016

July - Winter Gardening

Sarah’s Melbourne Kitchen Garden

JULY 2016

Things to do in July

Weeding – Winter is a great time to get those weeds under control.  Remember to pull them out by the roots rather than just take the leaves off the top.

Cleaning out your shed – Time to sharpen those tools, check the expiry dates of seeds, and do a general stock take of fertilisers and additives.

If you haven’t already done so, prune the fruit trees and other dormant trees and shrubs.

Check your fencing, gardening edging and paving. Best to do any heavy manual work while the weather is cool.

Sow & Grow

Sow: Salad veg, Asian greens, herbs, parsley, onions, broad beans
Plant seedlings: Broccoli, Cabbage, salad greens, herbs
Plant trees/fruit: Citrus, atone fruit, apples, berries.  

Harvest now

Salad greens
You can get more information via the Winter Fact Sheet  

Pests and problems – Ivy

If you decide to plant Ivy in your garden (it can look lovely over brick walls, garden structures and alike). Be sure to select a non-invasive variety. Ivy can very quickly take over your garden and damage other plants, trees and buildings. It is considered a pest in most states of Australia. For more information on Ivy you can download our fact sheet: Ivy Fact Sheet

Tips – Compost

Composting is a great way to recycle household food and garden waste. You can choose to buy a commercial compost bin or create a compost heap for free.

You can get more information on compost by downloading the fact sheet: Compost: Compost Fact Sheet

What sorts of items can be included in compost:
  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Egg shells
  • Coffee grinds & tea leaves
  • Cardboard and paper (not coloured)
  • Clover
  • Dog food
  • Dryer lint (really)
  • Grass clippings
  • Hay, lucerne, sugar cane, peat moss etc.
  • Hedge and plant clippings
  • Leaves
  • Animal manure (herbivores – that's vegetarian animals)
  • Weeds (I would only add these to those sealed commercial containers where the temperature will rise enough to kill off the seeds).