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.
Get that mulch on your garden where you see bare soil! It’ll protect your seedlings and plants from the harsh elements of winter plus help stop weeds growing. In nature there isn’t often bare soil, something will always grow and cover it. We can mimic nature by covering it with plants of our own choice or at least slow the growth of weeds with mulch.
More Peas Please.
I can’t get enough of peas. This year I have been continuously sowing them all autumn to get a large supply. I’ll keep sowing them right through winter and spring. There’s nothing quite like a pod of sweet, fresh peas straight from the garden. If you haven’t yet, get some seeds in now! Over winter they’ll grow nice strong roots and in spring give you a bounty of sweet green pearls.
Peas are climbers, so give them some sort of climbing frame to cling on to.
Broad beans are another you can’t plant enough of. I can’t wait til they develop into beans- so many recipe possibilities! If you haven’t planted any yet, get some seeds in now!
My strawberry plant’s went crazy with runners this summer.
I used weed mat pegs to pin them down and let their grow roots. The cooler weather now, before any frosts, is the perfect time to transplant these new wee plants. Dig them up carefully and snip off the attached runner.
Feed them with Strawberry Food and mulch them well, for a bumper crop come spring.
Last but definitely not least, Rhubarb
It’s rhubarb harvesting time.
The stems and leaves will also start dying back now that winter is nearer. Once you’ve harvested everything, clear away all those dying stems and leaves. Pull them away from the crown, don’t cut them.
Then, feed them heavily with well rotted manure or compost, but make sure not to cover the main rhubarb crown as this can cause it to rot. For larger, older plants, autumn is a good time to split them into smaller plants. Dig up the whole plant crown and split it into three or four pieces, making sure each piece has a bud that will form into a new rhubarb plant. This will keep your rhubarb going for decades!