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.
Vegetable Gardener's Diary
July marks the beginning of another gardener’s year, and although a few fine days may tempt one to start sowing and planting in earnest, it is wise to wait until the soil starts to warm up with the increasing sunlight.
The weather will begin 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.
By now you will be busy with Christmas, family and having some summer fun. Try to relax and enjoy, but it is still a busy time in the garden.
January is a time for new beginnings, but don’t forget about the garden. Without attention often the treasured brassicas, well-cared-for lettuces and many other vegetables will dry up or bolt to seed in the summer heat.
Time to prepare your winter-growing vegetables. February can be humid and fungal diseases spread rapidly, so use a fungicide. Clean tools after use to prevent spreading infections, and maintain good airflow through your garden and glasshouse.
This is an important month for planting your winter vegetable garden. However, make sure to take some time out and enjoy the warm sunny days and cool starry nights.
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.