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What are you planting, harvesting and preparing your soil for now? Mid Autumn to Spring

This is a New Blog for Mid Autumn to Spring..

I thought it might be helpful to see what everyone is Planting, Harvesting and Preparing for in the garden now. Perhaps this would be helpful to those of us who would like to plant something a bit different to our normal fare. We have a few member who always have some out of left field ideas that we have picked up with gusto, and we are now finding ourselves eating many new & interesting foods.

Is anyone preparing beds etc. for the next Seasons Produce & what type of Preparations are you making, Soil Type, Fertilizer, Manures or that Special Treatment. What have you found works best for certain types of Produce, Fruit & Nut Trees, Vines, Herbs & Spices etc.

This Blog could be useful to use as a continuous one as we would be posting for the now not a specific season of time of year.

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Comment by Dianne Caswell on May 2, 2016 at 21:39

I can hear the rain falling on our roof, it is music to the ears. The thunder is deafening, loudest I have heard for a long time.

The long week end has been a busy one. The Salvia Garden has been cleaned out. The Salvias cut back hard, Roses that were not performing were removed and the beautiful Standardized Petrea, after putting on a magnificent display of Jacaranda Blue flowers, has also had a haircut. The Roses will be replaced with more Salvia and Beneficial Insect Flowers. This will be of great Benefit to the Vegetable opposite.

The Vegies are doing very well with a surprise this week – A Fig tree that we had thought dead and we had cut back to 10cms has just grown so much, with beautiful leaves and small fruit. What is going on? The Lettuce is doing well and I am very pleased with the Fennel. Beans are sprouting and some producing, the Kale is looking good with no bugs present, I feel so lucky to not have the bugs yet.

The front garden has also had a facelift, with many of the trees receiving more than just a haircut. I have done the Snip to the weeds and turned over the sil adding Manure/Compost ready to plant into in a week’s time. The job now is to cut up the trimmings and use what I can fo compost and the rest to go to green waste people. My Fruit trees that were recently planted in the front yard are doing well, can’t wait until they fruit.

Well the rain has stopped and it is time for bed.... Happy Gardening......

Comment by James Rosenlund on May 2, 2016 at 18:37

Dianne :- the rocket seeds I sowed last Friday were up this morning and I had about a 95% germination rate.

Comment by Roger Clark on May 1, 2016 at 6:45


Very little rain at the moment, it is very dry. No subsoil moisture at all. I use my rainwater tanks for the garden and the first one seems to be getting quite low. I could do with some top up rain. Thanks for the greenery offer, but I have plenty of my TRAD weed to rake up and incorporate into piles. I will be clearing my front of the house garden today so will have an abundance of weeds to use. 

Comment by Roger Clark on May 1, 2016 at 6:37


I wish sometimes that I was more ruthless and was able to use the meat supplies that are often seen hopping around my block. I could live quite well on wallaby stew, and rabbit pie, not to mention

ratatouille.  I am hopeless at the killing bit, and even my chooks used to live 'til they achieved OAP or is it OAH status? 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 30, 2016 at 9:47

Roger, you are a true Urban Farmer. Have you had any rain yet? We had a little yesterday but not enough to fill the tanks. Sounds like everything is flourishing as usual. I am really looking forward to your GV. I have a pruning and weeding weekend ahead of me so if you needing any green waste I have plenty here as I have no room on the compost and it will otherwise go to the council.

Comment by Barbara Tealby on April 30, 2016 at 8:49

For someone with very low rain, Roger, you are certainly reaping some good harvests. Have you got a good recipe for wallaby stew?

Comment by Roger Clark on April 30, 2016 at 8:44

Have cleared out some garden beds, raised and baths. I am looking to plant out various crops with rotation of crop types in mind. Some spuds have been put in with more to come, I use Sebego as I get these from the local produce place at a good price. The other sources via mail are very expensive and not always successful. I'm afraid my ways of preparing soil are almost always influenced by what I can get for free, and this is usually horse manure, from various sources. My next door neighbour currently has his three horses in my back paddock, this will be raked up when the weather gets into autumn or winter mode. I also have access to manure from racing horses, and when I can be lucky enough to arrange it, this can get loaded by machine, but "muggings" has to unload at home. I stack into piles so that the very fresh green (Lucerne) can break down and any worm treatments can also dissipate in time. I use this "composted" manure as a layer on top of the raised beds soil, which I then turn into the top layer of soil with a fork, so as not to cut in half the lovely fat earthworms that are already in place just waiting for the new food to incorporate into the soil.   

My PVC tubes are growing carrots, turnips, kale, chillies, and yellow beets. All seem to be doing well. In my sacks, the snake beans are all but done, and I have put some cabbage seedlings in where I previously had cucumbers. I will progressively put in more cabbages in succession plantings in the sacks.

The green zebra tomatoes have nearly all gone well in late summer, I've tried to cover them all in vege net, but some have had a large caterpillar infestation and the occasional fruit fly has got through the defences as well, but on the whole the crop has been very good, and a very tasty crop as well.

The wallabies have been on the take again, and I've had to cover up beans, peas and strawberries from their advances, but not before a lot of damage has been done. I use wood framed mesh cages made to fit the bath and tub tops. These keep the possums at bay as well, and sometimes the rats, but baits are the only successful way to deal with them. I don't have enough cages to protect every crop and so it is a gamble of what needs the most protection and for how long? My wooden framed cages have also showed sign of fatigue due to old age. I will now be making any new ones using metal frames.  

Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 29, 2016 at 21:05

That would be lovely, I will pot up the other 2 for you as well.

Comment by Christa on April 29, 2016 at 21:02

It is from Green Harvest, I have 3 little pots, if you like I can pot one up for you and give it to you next time we see you.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 29, 2016 at 20:42

I have Native Mentha australis & Native Mentha diemenica, which means you have a 3rd one. Can I please ask where you found your, Mentha satureioides.

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