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.
Vegetable Gardener's Diary
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.
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.