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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 Barbara Tealby on April 28, 2016 at 21:23

This is a really good time for the garden, Elaine, I quite agree. A second lot of carrots (Kuroda, seeds from GH) has come up, and I've planted perennial leeks between the rows. I've only ever used All Seasons carrots before, so am keen to see how the Kuroda go. The Cape gooseberries, broccoli, and cabbages (Golden Acre) are now in the ground. I generally use Linda Woodrow's method of planting well advanced seedlings, and haven't had any losses. Put in some more cuttings of sweet potato (orange) straight into the old laundry tubs but the critters got them. Serves me right - should've struck them first in a safe place and got them growing, but was too impatient. A couple of "Truss" tomatoes have gone in next to the tromboncino, to climb up the same trellis, and a birds-eye chilli (seed from a fruit from Valerie), some self-sown basil, and a pile of aloe vera are next to the little pond.

In a spot left bare when I cut back some Pentas hard, I've put in Coriander (in the shade), Parsley, Marjoram and Basil. Thyme is waiting to go in. I'll have to be firm with myself and keep the Pentas under control now, even though they always have flowers, and the blue-banded bees do love them.....

We took out a big Melaleuca "Revolution Green" which was way too close to the house, and that has left an interesting area to be filled with plants. It's on the western side of the house, so gets quite hot in the afternoon sun and is usually quite dry, but at certain times of the year it can get very wet and stay that way for days. At least it used to, way back when it used to rain. Anyway, I don't feel happy about putting in anything that is fussy about wet feet, so at the moment I've got a few things in pots there. In fact, I've put my unknown variety of mango there, a bit further away from the house than the melaleuca was. It's in a pot with the bottom cut out, as there was no way I was going to dig a hole that big!

Not game to put in any pea seeds yet. I hope it actually gets cool enough soon, as those sugar snap peas are a favourite. However, the pigeon peas are just starting to flower, so maybe they'll have to do.

I haven't done anything special - just my usual fertilise (with Organic link, which seems pretty good) and mulch, though I have been burying a few bones, scraps and chunks of aloe vera in the gardens as a long term thing. To me the most useful thing I do is giving the seedlings a really good start in a mix containing plenty of worm castings, then watering in with pond water.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 28, 2016 at 20:01

Coming into our most productive time, garden-wise.

Hand-pollinating Pumpkins can have an advantage if you don't have many exotic honey bees. The native stingless bees don't visit cucurbits much I hear. The poor little blighters would get lost in the huge pumpkin flowers. Although some cucurbits are a lot smaller-flowered than pumpkins eg choko, cucumber. Not heard whether the stingless bees pollinate them.

Planted out the expensive plant I bought from Daley's. It's a cabbage-family plant whose name escapes me just now. It's been growing under Vegenet on the back verandah during summer and still the white-cabbage butterfly and the cabbage moth have managed to lay eggs, wriggling their way under the netting somehow. Anyway I am hoping that a combination of cooler weather and hoped-for absence of pests plus it's in a newly-fertilised wicking bed will keep it growing strongly and repel any pests. We'll see.

I have revamped a number of bins so far and included my home-made prepared 500 as a soil spray. Supposed to help turn the mix into something more nutritious for the microbes - oh yes and I'm putting Myco Apply with each new planing and adding it to established plants. All with a long waiting period to see results. You cannot hurry gardens :-\

Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 28, 2016 at 19:34

It was requested we start a New Blog as the other was getting a little long to wade through.

I have had a very busy time in the garden over the last two week. We had 4 huge limbs cut off of our Quandong (we didn't have the heart to cut it down), a Palm Tree cut down, and another tree that was not looking good. We asked the loppers to mulch it all up for us and the pile was so big that it covered my good neighbour's driveway. Well trying to get it all into our yard and in a place we want it to age was a job and a half, but it is almost finished.

This week I have been planting more Digitalis 'Foxgloves' in the area where the Apple Trees grow as they are good companions. I have planted some Old Fashioned Daisies (the White ones our Grannies planted), Many Beneficial Insect Plants, Agastache rugosa 'Korean Mint', Pyrethrum,Cryptotaenia japonica atropurpurea 'Black Mitsuba'-'Japanese Parsley', Scabiosa 'Pin Cushion Flowers', Russell's Lupins, Caraway, Saponaria officinalis rosea plena 'Double Soapwort', Elaine's mixed Garlic Cloves & Rob's Broad Beans (they have settled in well).

The Vegetable Garden is growing well, lots of Lettuce, Eggplant, Beans, Leaf Greens and the Spinach is beautiful. The Visitor Pumpkin is taking over where it thinks it is going I can't imagine, Not sure if I habe already blogged this but about 2 - 3 years ago I put in some Old Fashion Pumpkin Seeds, one is French, and the other a mini Pumpkin, well they have decided to grow, they are healthy and again they are meandering around everything like there is no tomorrow. What is it with me and Pumpkins, knowing my luck they will probably not fruit. Can anyone tell me do I have to hand pollinate the flowers. I will have to take some decent photos to add.

Well that's enough from me...Happy Gardening   

Comment by Lissa on April 28, 2016 at 19:22

Planted broccoli, perpetual beet (sic) and a whole heap of other stuff which I will remember when I am less tired - perhaps in the morning - last weekend.

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