Thursday, March 1, 2018

Things to do in Autumn


Sarah’s Melbourne Kitchen Garden

AUTUMN



THINGS TO DO IN AUTUMN

 -  Weeding
 -  Plant sweet peas
 -  Remove withered Summer crops
 -  Plant Spring bulbs
 -  Test soil PH levels
 -  Dig in manure/compost into soil
 -  Plant sweet peas
 -  Order winter crops
 -  Sort through seeds, throw out expired ones

SOW AND GROW

Sow cauliflowers, beans, broccoli 
Sow salad vegetable seeds
Plant onions, garlic and root vegetables
Prepare beds for cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower seedling 
Plant sweet peas and spring bulbs




HARVEST NOW

- End of season zucchinis, eggplant and tomatoes
- Pumpkin and squash
- Apples, berries and figs
- Salad greens
- Capsicum and chilly


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


PESTS AND PROBLEMS

Do you have a lot of millipedes in your garden? Generally you find them under rocks or in piles of lumber, compost and leaves. They generally eat rotting leaves and wood and shouldn't cause damage to your garden. Portuguese Black millipedes can be a pain, as they also eat seedlings and live plants. They can sometimes get into kennels, sheds and houses and may be a problem for you then. I don't actively remove millipedes from my garden, but I have noticed that since I have installed a bird bath, the millipede population has reduced significantly - so they must taste ok. You can try chemical control solutions if you wish, but a good tidy up of the garden and removal of hiding places would be a start. You can get more information on Millipedes by downloading the fact sheet: Millipedes Fact Sheet


GROWING BULBS
Plant your flowering bulbs for Spring in Autumn (April-May in Australia).  This allows the weather to cool down sufficiently so that the soil is not too hot. In warmer parts of Australia, it may be beneficial to keep the bulbs cool before planting – you can store them in your veg crisper in the fridge.
When Planting bulbs place the pointy side up. (Don’t panic is you can’t work out which is the pointy bit – the seedling will turn itself up under the bulb and grow anyway).  Dig a hole about twice the length of the bulb, and plant bulbs about the same distance apart. 

You can get more information on growing bulbs by downloading the fact sheet: Bulbs Fact Sheet