Autumn is here and the growing season is slowing. March is a major harvesting period. The garden will be laden with crops like tomatoes, beans, sweetcorn and beetroot, all ready to be picked, bottled, preserved, and prepared for use over the colder months. Mushrooms may also start popping up.
Vegetable Gardener's Diary
Autumn is a time to prepare for the shorter days and longer nights and less growth in the garden. Make the most of your summer crops by saving seeds from your favourites, to use next year. Get winter seedlings into the ground and fertilise existing herbs in the garden.
Late autumn is the time to harvest the last of the summer crops. Store or freeze the crops and remove all foliage for your compost bin. May is preparation time for the upcoming dormant cold season and planning for spring.
With June comes the shortest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere. Many say that the winter solstice is the best day to begin a garden. This is a good month for planning and thinking about crop rotation for the coming spring plantings.
This month brings frosts to many gardens around the country, so be prepared with frost cloths to protect your veges. July is a good month for planning.
As the weather will begins to warm it is a busy time for planting and preparation. Plan your time wisely and note when seeds go in the ground, so you can count down the days to harvest.
The soil is warming up and the sun is staying around longer. Everything is now coming to life for spring. This is a busy time for gardeners who will be sowing, planting and fertilising their edible gardens.
Any spring month is a busy time for the vegetable gardener. It is time to sow summer vegetables. This month the sun really makes an appearance and it will seem like the seedlings are growing before your eyes.
The weather is heating up and there are more daylight hours. Transplant all the seedlings, plant the last of the summer seeds, stake up heavy fruit-bearing plants and tidy garden edges to keep away bugs.
Enjoy the festive season by harvesting and using fresh crops from the garden. Sprigs of mint brighten up salads, drinks and, of course, new potatoes, which will be ready for Christmas if they were planted in early spring.
With the new year and associated new beginnings, numerous crops will be ready to harvest. If time and inclination permit, there are also a few routine jobs to do in the garden.