Saturday, October 1, 2016

October - Spring

Sarah’s Melbourne Kitchen Garden 

OCTOBER 2016






THINGS TO DO IN OCTOBER

- Harden off summer seedlings
- Weeding
- Clean and repair outdoor furniture
- Buy seedlings (if you haven't grown your own)
- Mulch and Fertilise soil
- Prepare beds for summer crops

SOW & GROW
Plant summer seedlings:
- Tomatoes, capsicum & chillis
- Eggplants
- Zucchinis

Sows: 
- Beetroot
- Beans 
- Eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, 
- Pumpkins, squash & corn

Buying Seeds and Seedlings on Line:
Diggers Club: Diggers Club Link
Garden Express: Garden Express Link

HARVEST NOW
- Potatoes
- Peas & beans
- Carrots, parsnips, turnips
- Onions, garlic, leeks, spring onions
- Salad green

TIPS – GROWING ONIONS

You can grow onions from seed, or seedling. They can grow in pots but are better in the garden. If growing from seed, I recommend that you grow them in a seed tray for about five weeks, rather than sowing direct. I prefer to plant them in Spring (Autumn harvest) but you could equally plant them in Autumn or late Summer. Onions are a long haul plant - in that they will not be ready to harvest for at least 6-8 months from planting, so make sure that you have the room for them.

For more information on growing onions, refer to our handy fact sheet: Onions Fact Sheet

PESTS & PROBLEMS - WEEDS
Spring brings warmer weather and lovely conditions for gardening, but it also encourages the growth of weeds. Depending on how you manage your garden, you may decided to use a commercial weed spray to tackle the problem (very effective but read labels carefully before use), or you may take the old fashioned route of pulling them manually.  Manually weeding is the most effective, but it is labour intensive.  It is important to pull weeds before they flower/go to seed (not always possible) and to pull out the root system.  Some weeds twist themselves around other plants, making them difficult to remove.  As a preventative measure, I find that a good layer of sugarcane mulch helps reduce weed growth.

SARAH’S MELBOURNE KITCHEN GARDEN – SPRING 2016