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.
Teaming up with the web of life is the way. The more life your garden supports, the stronger it is and the less you need do.
Its such a thrilling ride, my friends and I’m stoked to journey alongside you. As you let go and learn to trust natural processes you’ll see that life has you and your garden in its hands. Put your trust in it, and it will steer you to Eden.
A daily stroll is your secret garden weapon this December. Catching problems when they’re small makes for simple solutions = a peaceful easy life.
- Pinching little laterals off your tomatoes and peppers leaves tiny wounds that heal in a flash and prevent viruses and bacteria getting in.
- Squashing little groups of aphids or a few shield bugs each day can stay an epidemic.
- Watering a plant that’s starting to sag catches it before it craps out.
- Sprinkling slugbait (Tui Quash) or setting up beer traps, as soon as the carrots germinate prevents a mollusc midnight feast that leaves you empty handed.
December to do's
December is all about succession crops – plant/ sow a few more of your favourites to keep the harvests flowing in, in a regular way.
- Carrots, parsnip, beetroot, coriander, magenta spreen, rocket, saladings
- Sow as many summer greencrops as you can find spaces for – phacelia, buckwheat, mustard, marigold, bishops flower, daikon, flax, crimson clover or lupin. Mix a few varieties of seed together and scatter sow them in any gaps and around long term crops for a chop and drop mulch and improved pollination. The more diverse the ground cover the stronger your soils.
Though tray sowing takes a bit more effort, its worth it cos newly sprouted seeds are vulnerable in the vegie patch to slugs/ snails/ birds/ weeds – you name it! Planting out a larger seedling improves their chances and also overall productivity, as seedlings come to production faster than seed so the vegie patch as a whole has less down time.
- Beans, corn, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, dill, basil, chervil, saladings, magenta spreen, beetroot, red onion, spring onion
- Leeks, red onions, spring onions, potatoes, parsley.
- Plant a couple more tomatoes, cucumber, zuchinni, basil, dwarf beans, climbing beans, corn. So good these later planted crops, for continuity in Autumn.
- Last call to plant out melons, squash, kumara and yams. If you want to get any of these guys happening you need to jump on it this week to have them ripe come Autumn.