Sow from seed this month: Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, swedes, broad beans, lettuce, bok choy, peas, radishes, silverbeet, onions, kale.
Plant from seedlings this month: Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, bok choy, lettuce, beetroot, spinach.
The last month of autumn is here and now all summer crops should be harvested and gone, with new winter plants in place. I managed to keep my cherry tomatoes going all this time but finished the last harvest today.
Little steps now will result in big leaps come spring. Use this time, before it gets really cold to get organised around the garden.
Clean up your leaves
Rake up those leaves that the trees have kindly dropped for you, into a pile. If they’re wet, let them dry out for a day in the sun. Then, shred them by running your lawnmower over them. Add this carbon rich leaf goodness to your compost bin, alternating with green materials (such as lawn clippings and kitchen scraps).
Green Crop on your garden
Will you be using all of your vegetable patches in the winter? If not, it’s a good idea to plant a green crop to add nitrogen back into the soil come spring time on those unused. Green crop can include a mix of mustard seeds, peas, lupins, buckwheat and oats. Read More
My in laws live in Martinborough, a town in the beautiful Wairarapa region. They live in an idylic setting, their cottage style house surrounded by fruit trees and an olive grove in their back yard. My husband and I got married there and will always be a special place for me.Their driveway is lined with huge, well established quince trees that welcome in spring with stunning blossoms and in summer and autumn are always heavily laden with fruit.Quinces are delicious and can be cooked and prepared in many ways. Sort of a like a really hard and slightly fuzzy pear. The down side of a quince is that it is way too hard and sour to eat raw so it has to be cooked. The upside? Quince crumble, baked quince, poached quince, quince jelly, quince paste… Read More