August is our get ready for spring month. Use this month to pave the way for spring plantings. If you get in early with greencrops and organic matter you’ll reduce your need for bought fertiliser and compost.
Begin by cleaning out the old.
Even when its cold and frosty there’s plenty of food to be had from the garden. Here’s a quick round up of what we’re harvesting to inspire you to a four seasons vegie patch.
I’m not the only one who loves winter. Some legumes are good with it and so are alliums, brassica’s, chard, endive, parsley and all manner of leafy greens. Salads and beetroot survive it, but very slowly so best get them under cover from now on in.
BY KATH IRVINE As the vegie garden missions slow down, get into a bit of compost making. Make as much as you can for your spring gardens – there’s nothing more satisfying! Then when all the doing is done, segue into a bit of garden dreaming. Are you putting in new beds or trees this winter? […]
BY KATH IRVINE Out with the old and in with the new – now! Today! Or you’ll run out of grow time. Whip out any crops that are past their best and recycle them into compost or mulch. Use the space for new sowings or plantings. Sow Direct sow Direct sow greencrops in any gaps – phacelia, […]
BY KATH IRVINE Clear starry nights, cool, dewy mornings and that special golden hue in the evening sky are all signs that Autumn is moving in. The cooler mornings and nights slowly begin to cool the soil, which in turn slows soil life, cycling out to slow plant growth from now on in. Make the most […]
BY KATH IRVINE Even though the summer harvest is in full swing, its time to turn our attention to planting Autumn and Winter crops. Make the most of the warm nights and fast growth to get slow growing winter crops like carrots, parsnips, leeks and cauliflowers underway, ensuring there’s plenty of kai right through till spring. […]
January is an opportunity to extend our summer crops. To create a lovely continuity for when our current crops call it quits. Successional planting/ sowing is the proper name. Let’s just call it – not going hungry, little and often planting, or production plus 🙂 And while we’re at it, let’s think about dinner in […]
The kind of garden I wish for you is productive, beautiful and most of all easy. Sounds dreamy aye, but its totally doable. With a little forethought and patience in the beginning, and a few helpful nudges from me, you’ll create garden nirvana – less pests, less disease, more joy and a bounty of kai. […]
Old sacks protect direct sown greencrop seed for faster germination and bird protection Direct sow Greencrops – lupins, broadbeans, phacelia, wheat, oats, mustard or barley. Kings Seeds Autumn Manure Mix is awesome. Grow as many greencrops as you can fit. Here’s how to sow a greencrop. Corn salad and miners lettuce – sweet little winter/ […]