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This gardening planner provides guidance on monthly jobs including when and what to: sow, harvest, plant, prune, fertilise etc.
It also notes critical times for managing pest and disease in your garden. It has been created with warm temperate climates e.g. Sydney, Australia in mind. Find your climate zone.

Seed sowing… general info

  • Key: (D) Sow direct in garden | (I) Sow indoors for later transplant | (T) Transplant seedlings | (C) Cuttings
  • Times given are a guide only. Seeds germinate only when soils are at the correct temperature for the seed being sown. Using a soil themometre in conjunction with this soil temperature germination guide will improve germination rates.
  • When direct sowing seeds, ensure planting holes/rows do not contain mulch, as this can inhibit seed germination. Instead, place fresh soil mix into rows or holes and plant into it.
  • For best result, seeds/seedlings should be kept moist, not wet. Placing boards or hessian bags over freshly planted seeds can help to keep them moist and stop pests from taking the seeds.
  • Once seeds have germinated, feed weekly with half strength liquid fertiliser or an organic alternative.

Annuals: Sow & expected harvest

CropSowHarvest
Beans DAll yearfrom April
Beets DJul-Marfrom April
Cabbage IAll yearfrom April
Carrots DJul-Marfrom May
Cauliflower DDec-Febfrom May
Cucumber DSep-Febfrom April
Eggplant TAug-Janfrom April
Kale DAnyfrom April
Leeks TAug-Aprfrom May
Lettuce DAll yearfrom April
Parsley DSep-Mayfrom April
Rocket DAll yearall year
Silverbeet DJul-Marfrom April
Sunflowers DAug-Marfrom April
Corn DSep-Febfrom May
Zucchini DSep-Janfrom March
Notes: Plant beetroot, lettuce & silverbeet in part shade this time of year.

Harvest now

Asparagus, Beans, Beetroot, Cabbage, Capsicum, Carrots, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Herbs, Lettuce, Rocket, Tomatoes, Silverbeet, Zucchini, Blackberries, Blueberries, Ground cherries, Lemons (Eureka), Nectarines, Raspberries, Rockmelon, Strawberries, Watermelon. (Dependent on planting time)

Maintenance

  • Ensure adequate soil moisture with regular watering and mulching.
  • Treat producing crops to a bi-monthly plant tonic such as worm juice, fish or seaweed solution and/or side dress heavy feeders with a balanced fertiliser once per month.
  • Check for pest & disease regularly and treat accordingly.
  • Freeze/store excess produce for winter use.
  • Control slugs and snail either with baits or nightly collections (esp. when raining).
  • Cut back youngberry floricanes (2 yr old canes that have already fruited) and tie up new primocanes.
  • As warm season crops finish, replace with a successive crop of cucumber, tomato and/or zucchini OR Sow a quick growing warm-season cover-crop.

My garden journal

2017…

  • Overview: Landscaping project in back yard has meant large delays to planting and reduced crops for this year.
  • Currently harvesting: Zucchini, Some tomatoes (2 red varieties diseased – treating new growth with Kocide), Perpetual spinach, Silverveet, Cucumbers a few raspberries
  • Other notes: Cucumber & rocket ready to pick in next few weeks, Have planted disease resistant purple tomato seedling and spraying with Kocide as a preventative

2016…

  • Overview: Still picking lots of cucumbers daily from first planting but foliage now showing signs of decline. 2nd cucumber planting has first cucumbers forming. Mature bronze orange bugs flying in from neighbours cumquot tree (can see them from my yard) which I am spraying as I see them.
  • 3rd: Sprayed all cucurbits with bicarb soda mix at  rate of 1tsp per litre of water to manage powdery mildew that has started. Sown: beets, zucchini, corriander, parsley.

2015…

  • Overview: Tigerella, watermelon and rockmelon succumbed to unknown disease (suspected downy mildew) after heavy rains. Tomato produced very well. Rockmelon produced only small melons with less sweetness that last year. Watermelons tasted like shop watermelon and although edible would have been better in on the vine for a little longer. Next year plant melon on hills and look for disease resistant cultivars.

Annuals: Sow & expected harvest

CropWhenHarvest
Beets DJul-Marfrom May
Broccoli ISep-Aprfrom May
Cabbage IAll yearfrom May
Carrots DJul-Marfrom June
Cauliflower IDec-Febfrom July
Chives DSep-Febfrom May
Cucumber DSep-Febfrom May
Leeks IAug-Aprfrom July
Kale DAnyfrom April
Leeks TAug-Aprfrom June
Lettuce DAll yearfrom May
Parsley DSep-Mayfrom May
Rocket DAll yearfrom May
Silverbeet DJul-Marfrom May
Notes: Plant beetroot, lettuce & silverbeet in part shade this time of year.

Harvest now

Asparagus, Beans, Beetroot, Cabbage, Capsicum, Carrots, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Herbs, Lettuce, Rocket, Tomatoes, Silverbeet , Zucchini, Blueberries, Ground cherries, Lemons (Eureka), Mango (may need to ripen indoors), Raspberries, Rockmelon, Strawberries, Watermelon. (Dependent on planting time)

Maintenance

  • Ensure adequate soil moisture with regular watering and mulching.
  • Treat producing crops to a bi-monthly plant tonic such as worm juice, fish or seaweed solution and/or side dress heavy feeders with a balanced fertiliser once per month.
  • Check for pest & disease regularly and treat accordingly.
  • Freeze/store excess produce for winter use.
  • Remove plants that have finished producing.

My garden journal

2016…

Overview: Still producing: Zucchini, rocket, yellow cherry tomatoes, basil, eggplant, some beans, raspberries, coriander and parsley. 2nd cucumber planted succumbed to unknown disease.

  •    Neighbours cumquot tree (source of bronze orange bug on my citrus) has been cut down 🙂

2015…

Overview: Everything is coming to the end of its productiveness. Garden is still producing enough herbs, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, green beans and lettuce for the family but with no surplus. Other crops have finished. Capsicum producing poorly. Start preparing finished beds for autumn.

  • 1st: Bio-mustard sown in beds 2 (prev. Tigerella tomato), 3 (prev. French Charentais rockmelon,) 4 (prev. Blacktail mountain watermelon), 5 (amongst still growing zucchini). Have covered beds 2, 3 and 4 as the hot days were making them will. Cut and dig through as a short season green manure at 6 weeks or as needed, most likely in mid March. Follow with a successive crops of peas in bed 2 and 3 (early-mid April) and garlic in bed 4.
  • 13th: Spinach and coriander sown, parsley seedling transplanted. Follow up: All sprouted and performing well.
  • 18th: Cut back and feed (blood and bone) older Marketmore cucumber and Yellow Currant tomatoes to see if it extends productivity. New growth starting from base of tomato plant.
  • 25th: Biomustard sown in bed 6 (prev. Yellow Currant tomato, eggplant and capsicum). This bed will hold 2nd and 3rd crops of peas. Clover sown under espaliered citrus trees.

Annuals: Sow & expected harvest

CropWhenHarvest
Beets DJul-Marfrom June
Broccoli TSep-Aprfrom May
Cabbage DAll yearfrom June
Carrots DJul-Marfrom July
Leeks TAug-Aprfrom August
Kale DAnyfrom April
Leeks TAug-Aprfrom June
Lettuce DAll yearfrom July
Parsley DSep-Mayfrom June
Peas (all)DMar-Augfrom July
Rocket DAll yearfrom June
Silverbeet DJul-Marfrom June

Harvest now

Beans, Beetroot, Cabbage, Capsicum, Carrots, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Herbs, Lettuce, Rocket, Tomatoes, Silverbeet, Zucchini, Blueberries, Ground cherries, Lemons (Eureka), Mango (may need to ripen indoors), Raspberries, Rockmelon, Strawberries, Watermelon. (Dependent on planting time)

Maintenance

  • Freeze/store excess produce for winter use.
  • Remove plants that have finished producing.
  • Prepare for Autumn/Winter – check irrigation lines, adjust soil pH and sow cover crops.
  • Apply high nitrogen fertiliser (such as citrus feed) to mango after fruiting.

My garden journal

2016…

Overview: Still producing: Zucchini, rocket, yellow cherry tomatoes, basil, eggplant, some beans, raspberries, coriander and parsley. 2nd cucumber planted succumbed to unknown disease.

  • Silverbeet seed sown and sprouted, protected from snails.
  • Shelling peas (Massey) and beetroot seeds sown.
  • Rockmelon harvested.
  • 15th: Planted leek seedlings x 12.
  • 28th: Plant garlic cloves x  64 cloves. Note: Last years harvest (planted 34 bulbs) only lasted 6 months once planting stock was removed.
  • 28th: Started harvesting mangoes.

2015…

Overview: Original zucchini and cucumber still producing, but only just. The 2nd cucumber (planted in front garden beds) showing first flowers. Mustard growing well and

  • 1st: Sandy (our dog) found the lure of applied Blood and Bone fertiliser too temping and broke through my garden fence. Have now build a higher, more rigid fence. Cut back zucchini to one section and mustard sown in its place.
  • 2nd: Bed 1 – Beans cut down and left on bed as mulch. Shelling peas (Green Feast) sown.
  • 15th: Bed 2 & 3 – Dig through mustard cover crop and water. keep well watered until rotted down.
  • 26th: Erect wire mesh along pool fence as a permanent trellis for climbing plants including. peas, beans, cucumbers, melons etc. Below pool fence level, .7mm mesh was used to prevent mice accessing garden from properties behind us. 12mm mesh has been installed higher up along pool fence. Note: To meet Government regulations apertures must be no greater than 13mm.
  • 27th: Cut back raspberry canes that have finished producing to improve air circulation to remaining canes.
  • 27th: Dig through cover crop (mustard and left over chilli bush) in B4. Add compost to B2 and B3 in preparation for peas.

Annuals: Sow & expected harvest

CropWhenHarvest
BroadbeansDApr-Julfrom August
Broccoli ISep-Aprfrom June
Cabbage DAll yearfrom June
Carrots DJul-Marfrom Aug
Garlic DMar-Aprfrom Oct
Kale DAnyfrom July
Leeks TAug-Aprfrom August
Lettuce DAll yearfrom July
Parsley DSep-Mayfrom July
Peas (all)DMar-Augfrom July
Rocket DAll yearfrom June
Silverbeet DJul-Marfrom July

Harvest now

Beans, Beetroot, Cabbage, Carrots, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Herbs, Lettuce, Rocket, Silverbeet, Zucchini, Blueberries, Lemons (Eureka), Strawberries. (Dependent on planting time)

Maintenance

  • Remove any tomato and capsicum plants still remaining. They will not ripen to red past April. Place any partially red tomatoes in a warm spot indoor to ripen.

My garden journal

2016…

Overview: Beans, basil, parsley, spring onions still going. Mangos hung on tree to late April. Zucchinis kept producing until mid April.

2015…

Overview: Extremely heavy rains and winds and hail over April. Floods and cyclonic winds down east coat of Australia.

  • 1st: Sown in bed 2 – Shelling peas (poor germination-see note 13/4/15), beetroot and clover.
  • 1st: Sown in bed 3 – Sugar snap peas, carrots and clover. Patchy sugar snap pea germination possibly due to heavy rain.
  • 2nd: Sown in bed 4 – Clover and garlic cloves (30 cloves) – garlic germinated 10 days later.
  • 3rd: Mustard cover crop dug through row 1 of bed 6.
  • 13th: In bed 2 and 4 (along fence) – Sow snow peas to replace poorly germinated shelling peas.
  • 14th: In bed 3 – Resow Sugar Snap pea seeds that did not sprout in mid April.
  • 24th: Planted Siberian tomatoes. I am hoping they will fruit late Winter/ early Spring.

Annuals: Sow & expected harvest

CropWhenHarvest
BroadbeansDApr-Julfrom September
Cabbage DAll yearfrom July
Carrots DJul-Marfrom September
Kale DAnyfrom July
Peas DApr-Augfrom July
Leeks TAug-Aprfrom August
Lettuce DAll yearfrom July
Parsley DSep-Mayfrom August
Peas (all)DMar-Augfrom July
Rocket DAll yearfrom July
Silverbeet DJul-Marfrom August

Harvest now

Beans, Beetroot, Cabbage, Carrots, Cucumber, Herbs, Lettuce, Rocket, Silverbeet, Lemons (Eureka) (Dependent on planting time)

Maintenance

  • Apply white oil to citrus fruit trees to kill overwintering eggs, scale and insect nymphs. This will also kill nymphs and eggs of stink bugs such as Bronze Orange Bug.
  • Cut everbearing raspberry canes to the ground.

My garden journal

2016…

Overview: Temperatures still very warm in early May (around 25C max)

  • 6th: Planted more mustard seeds to improve soil.
  • 8th: Planted Broadbeans (beds 2 & 3), Shelling peas (bed 5 along trellis). Should germinate in 10 days.
  • 9th: Cut back All cane berries and beans.

2015…

Overview: Temperatures around 20C max.

  • 3rd: All Siberian tomatoes spouted.
  • 7th Sow second lot of shelling peas in bed 6 and cut remaining raspberry canes to ground.
  • Fertilised citrus with rose and citrus fertiliser.

Annuals: Sow & expected harvest

CropWhenHarvest
Broadbeans DApr-Julfrom October
Cabbage IAll yearfrom August
Kale DAnyfrom August
Lettuce DAll yearfrom April
Peas (all) DMar-Augfrom September
Rocket DAll yearall
Tomato IAug-Febfrom October

Note: *Cold & early Tomato varieties such as Stupice or Siberian

Maintenance

  • Move/plant out dormant/deciduous plants if necessary.
  • Apply fungicides to deciduous plants eg. lime sulphur or Bordeaux spray (to manage juvenile populations of scale and mite). Warning: Never mix sulphur based products with an oil spray or use a sulphur based spray within 4 weeks of using a oil spray.
  • Fix/build garden hardware as needed e.g. cages, cold frames etc.
  • Patch under fence to reduce entry points for mice and put out baits to control before seedlings are planted.

Harvest now

Beetroot, Cabbage, Carrots, Herbs, Lettuce, Rocket, Silverbeet, Lemons (Eureka) (Dependent on planting time)

My garden journal

2015…

Overview: Rust noticed on leaves still hanging on to nectarine tree. Not treated until July with lime-Sulphur.

  • 7th: Seeds collected from Broad Ripple Yellow Currant tomato. Heat treated for 54C for 30 mins to remove any seed borne diseases.
  • 9th: Sow a couple of heat treated Broad Ripple tomato seeds to make sure they will germinate.
  • 9th: Starting to harvest baby carrots sown 1/4/15.
  • 10th: Starting to harvest 1st sowing of shelling peas sown 2/3/15.
  • 11th: Sow baby carrots in bed 5 (3rd sowing). Starting to harvest late September.

Annuals: Sow & expected harvest

CropWhenHarvest
Beets DJul-Marfrom October
Cabbage IAll yearfrom September
Carrots DAll yearfrom November
Kale DAnyfrom September
Lettuce DAll yearfrom August
Peas (all) DMar-Augfrom October
Rocket DAll yearfrom September
CapsicumISep-Decfrom December
TomatoIAug-Decfrom December
EggplantISep-Decfrom December
Note: Tomato, capsicum and eggplant are warm season crops. Sow them indoors in a warm well lit spot to get a head start on the season. They can be planted out in September.

Harvest now

Beetroot, Broad beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Herbs, Lettuce, Peas, Rocket, Lemons (Eureka), Silverbeet (Dependent on planting time)

Maintenance

  • Fertilise asparagus preferably before spears appear.
  • Blackberry pruning – Encourage new basal growth by removing older wood back to a low bud.
  • Prepare beds for spring: Apply compost and/or manure through garden beds; Dig cover crop through soil or kill by covering beds tightly with black plastic. Note this has the added advantage of warming soil for spring transplants. See notes this page.
  • Remove winter grass from lawns.
  • Repeat a white oil application on citrus trees in order to kill remaining overwintering eggs, scale and insect nymphs (including stink bugs). This will reduce the chance of hard to manage adult bugs taking hold later in the season.
  • Peach leaf curl control: Spray peach and nectarine trees with Copper Oxychloride. Important: Do not spray if in flower or leaf.

My garden journal

2015…

Overview: Mid July: Very cold.

  • 20th: Remove any winter grass with seed heads. Spray winter grass herbicide on verge grass.
  • 20th: Spray nectarine, ornamental pears and orange tree with lime-sulphur spray (50ml/ltr).
  • 20th: Dig through mustard in bed 5.
  • 24th: Sow in pots – tomatoes, capsicum and eggplant.
  • 30th: Sugar snap and snow peas starting to produce in beds 2 and 3.

Warm season garden preparation

Warm soil with black plastic for late August transplants. Otherwise, wait until September to sow/transplant.

Start indoors now…

All SOLANACEAE (Tomatoes, Capsicum, Chilli, Eggplant) in individual 5cm pots / cells. Plant out once soil has warmed. Re-pot to larger pots if temperatures are not consistently warm. When transplanting, bury to first set of true leaves and stem will grow additional roots.

Note: All will require bottom warmth to germinate quickly. Once germinated, provide good lighting, out of direct sun. Feed weekly with half strength liquid fertiliser or an organic alternative. More information on Sowing seeds indoors.

Annuals: Sow & expected harvest

CropWhenHarvest
Beets DJul-Marfrom November
Cabbage IAll yearfrom November
Carrots DJul-Marfrom December
Capsicum/Chilli ISep-Febfrom November
Eggplant IAug-Janfrom December
Kale DAnyfrom October
Leeks TAug-Aprfrom December
Lettuce DAll yearfrom October
Peas DMar-Augfrom November
Rocket DAll yearfrom October
Rockmelon ISep-Decfrom Dec
Silverbeet DJul-Marfrom November
Sunflowers DAug-Marfrom November
Tomato IAug-Decfrom November
Watermelon DAug-Marfrom November

Harvest now

Beetroot, Broad beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Herbs, Lettuce, Peas, Rocket, Lemons (Eureka), Silverbeet (Dependent on planting time)

Maintenance

  • At beginning of August: Turn in bio-mustard (or other cover-crops requiring digging in). Keep well watered so it can break down (about 4 weeks).
  • Clovers can be dug through at this time or solarised and used as mulch. To solarise, water clover well and cover tightly with clear plastic for 2-3 weeks or until dead (this will warm the soil also). Note: this is only required if you need the space quickly. Clovers will die back naturally in early summer.
  • Transplants/seedlings can be planted in September. Note: Decaying organic matter inhibits seed germination. If direct sowing, sow into fresh soil/compost placed in planting rows/holes.
  • Protect new spring growth from pests as required.
  • Use pheromone based traps to monitor fruit fly presence. Start using protein baits if about.
  • Cane Berries: Tip prune blackberries to 1m to encourage fruiting laterals. Apply organic based citrus fertiliser. Add compost to soil and cover with mulch.
  • Apply iron chelates, magnesium (epsom salts) and trace elements as required to any fruit trees.
  • Remove winter grass from lawns.
  • Nectarine flowers can be sprayed with a mixture of seaweed and fish emulsion to keep them strong. This is best done at flower bud and petal fall.

My garden journal

2015…

Overview: Mixture of warmer and colder days. Most days around 18C. Winter grass still popping up. I am removing this by hand once per week. Plan fruit and vegetable sowings so they don’t need to be picked whilst away at Xmas.

  • Early August. All citrus leaf and fruit budding. Thinning as appropriate.
  • 7th: Blossoms starting on ornamental pear.
  • 7th: Sow zucchini and cucumber. Soil temp approximately 16C which is still a fraction to cold but will see what happens. Might need to resow in a week or so if they don’t germinate. 28/8/15: Didn’t germinate. Resown inside.
  • 25th: Blossoms falling from ornamental pear.
  • 28th: Dwarf nectarine starting leaf bud.
  • 28th: First asparagus ready to pick (now 3 year old), Citrus starting to flower.
  • 28th: Most plants showing new growth or starting to take put on new leaves, winter herbs and vegetables growing/producing much faster.

Start indoors now…

All CUCURBITACEAE (Cucumber, Zucchini, Melons, Pumpkins, Squash) in individual 10cm pots. Plant when soil has warmed and seedlings have no more than 4-6 leaves. They do not transplant well, so minimise root disturbance when transplanting. Cucumber can be planted direct when soil temperatures are at 20C. Note: It may be preferable to stagger planting of melons so they don’t all ripen at once. A second planting of cucumber is recommended in December to ensure a continuous crop through to April/May.

Note: All will require bottom warmth to germinate quickly. Once germinated, provide good lighting, out of direct sun. Feed weekly with half strength liquid fertiliser or an organic alternative. More information on Sowing seeds indoors.

Annuals: Sow & expected harvest

CropWhenHarvest
Basil ISep-Decfrom December
Beans DSep-Janfrom December
Beets DJul-Marfrom December
Cabbage IAll yearfrom December
Carrots DJul-Marfrom January
Corn DLate Sep-Febfrom January
Capsicum D TSep-Decfrom December
Coriander DSep-Marfrom November
Cucumber D TSep-Febfrom December
Eggplant TAug-Janfrom January
Kale DAnyfrom December
Leeks TAug-Aprfrom January
Lettuce DAll yearfrom December
Parsley DSep-Mayfrom December
Rocket DAll yearfrom November
Rockmelon DLate Sep-Decfrom December
Silverbeet DJul-Marfrom December
Sunflowers DAug-Janfrom December
Tomato D TAug-Janfrom December
Watermelon D TAug-Decemberfrom January
Zucchini DSep-Janfrom November

Harvest now

Beetroot, Broad beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Herbs, Lettuce, Peas, Rocket, Lemons (Eureka), Silverbeet (Dependent on planting time)

Maintenance

  • Check for pest & disease regularly and treat accordingly.
  • Use a liquid fertiliser or soil conditioner e.g. Seasol or worm juice fortnightly.
  • Side dress all beds with mature compost or manure.
  • Top up mulch to cool soil & retain moisture if soil is drying out. Wait until soil temperatures are warm enough for warm season seeds to germinate otherwise  wait until October.
  • Transplant/sow spring seedlings and protect with cloches.
  • Berries: At spring bud burst, apply two teaspoonfuls of Epsom salts and an equal amount of sulfate of potash to 4.5L of water, and water in around plants. This supplements magnesium, which is needed for energy production, and potassium, which improves fruit flavour and disease resistance.

My garden journal

2015…

Overview: All peas finished. Warm season seeds/seedlings planted and most sprouted or growing by late September. All winter crops finished. Rocket, lettuce, beetroot, carrot, leek, silverbeet and garlic still growing or producing.

  • 1st week of September: Transplanted first zucchini and cucumber seedlings.
  • 11th: Rockmelon and corn seeds sown (soil temp still only 19c). Cut back finished peas in bed 1 and 4. Cut clover down to stubs hopefully it wont reshoot, gave everything a good water and checked for water repellent soil. No issues noted.
  • 13th: Spray lawns with winter grass herbicide, sow corn seeds, transplant eggplant, start cutting peas back as they finish.
  • 21st: Sow 5 beetroot in bed 4 (right side).
  • 26th: Nectarine, lemon and orange tree as well as solanace bed fertilised with rose and citrus fertiliser.
  • Green vegetables seedlings fertilised with soluble nitrogen based fertiliser.
  • Potted berries fertilised with Azalea fertiliser.
  • 1st rockmelon seed germinated, eaten by snails. Only a couple of the corn seeds have germinated. Next year, plant at end of September.
  • Epsom salts and potash applied to fruit budding berries including youngberries, blackberries and raspberries in driveway. Will feed backyard berries when they bud.
  • Plated corn seedlings to replace those that did not germinate
  • Late September: Started harvesting baby carrots sown mid June.

Annuals: Sow & expected harvest

CropWhenHarvest
Basil TSep-Decfrom December
Beans DSep-Janfrom January
Beets DJul-Marfrom January
Borage DOct-Decfrom January
Cabbage IAll yearfrom December
Carrots DJul-Marfrom February
Corn DLate Sep-Febfrom February
Capsicum D TSep-Decfrom January
Coriander DSep-Marfrom December
Cucumber D TSep-Febfrom January
Eggplant TAug-Janfrom January
Kale DAnyfrom January
Leeks TAug-Aprfrom January
Lettuce DAll yearfrom December
Parsley DSep-Mayfrom January
Rocket DAll yearfrom December
Rockmelon DSep-Decfrom January
Silverbeet DJul-Marfrom January
Sunflowers DAug-Janfrom January
Tomato D TAug-Janfrom December
Watermelon D TAug-Decemberfrom January
Zucchini DSep-Janfrom December

Harvest now

Beetroot, Broad beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Herbs, Lettuce, Peas, Rocket, Lemons (Eureka), Silverbeet (Dependent on planting time)

Maintenance

  • Check for pest & disease regularly and treat accordingly.
  • Treat producing crops to a bi-monthly plant tonic such as worm juice, fish or seaweed solution and/or side dress heavy feeders with a balanced fertiliser once per month.
  • Top up mulch to cool soil & retain moisture.
  • Water plants regularly especially pots.
  • Mango: Minimise water up to flower bud burst period. Irrigation during this period promotes vegetative growth at the expense of flowering. For mango the most critical periods of moisture requirements is from flowering to fruit maturity and leaf bud burst (flushing) to leaf maturity.
  • Berries: At spring bud burst, apply two teaspoonfuls of Epsom salts and an equal amount of sulfate of potash to 4.5L of water, and water in around plants. This supplements magnesium, which is needed for energy production, and potassium, which improves fruit flavour and disease resistance.

My garden journal

Overview: Youngberries starting to form berries, Gross Lissie tomatoes and capsicum forming fruit.

  • 17th: Planted celery in part shade
  • 27th: Zucchini has started producing
  • Applied Power Feed liquid to all annual vegetables
  • Bagged nectarines for fruit fly and chewing bugs
  • Deadhead sage
  • 30th: Harvest garlic
  • Start harvesting Broad Ripple Yellow Current tomatoes in ground since last Autumn.

Annuals: Sow & expected harvest

CropWhenHarvest
Basil TSep-Decfrom January
Beans DSep-Janfrom February
Beets DJul-Marfrom February
Borage DOct-Decfrom February
Cabbage IAll yearfrom January
Carrots DJul-Marfrom March
Corn DSep-Febfrom March
Capsicum D TSep-Decfrom February
Coriander DSep-Marfrom January
Cucumber D TSep-Febfrom February
Eggplant TAug-Janfrom February
Kale DAnyfrom February
Leeks TAug-Aprfrom March
Lettuce DAll yearfrom Januaryr
Parsley DSep-Mayfrom February
Rocket DAll yearfrom January
Rockmelon DSep-Decfrom February
Silverbeet DJul-Marfrom February
Sunflowers DAug-Janfrom February
Tomato D TAug-Janfrom January
Watermelon D TAug-Decemberfrom February
Zucchini DSep-Janfrom January
Notes: Beetroot, lettuce & silverbeet should be planted in part shade this time of year.

Harvest now

Beetroot, Broad beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Herbs, Lettuce, Peas, Rocket, Lemons (Eureka), Silverbeet (Dependent on planting time)

Maintenance

  • Ensure adequate soil moisture with regular watering and mulching.
  • Treat producing crops to a bi-monthly plant tonic such as worm juice, fish or seaweed solution and/or side dress heavy feeders with a balanced fertiliser once per month.
  • Check for pest & disease regularly and treat accordingly.
  • Sow a successive crop of seedlings indoors including corn, tomatoes. Transplant when there is more space, most likely in January.
  • Water fruit trees deeply once, per week.
  • Berries: At spring bud burst, apply two teaspoonfuls of Epsom salts and an equal amount of sulfate of potash to 4.5L of water, and water in around plants. This supplements magnesium, which is needed for energy production, and potassium, which improves fruit flavour and disease resistance.

My garden journal

2016…

  • 1st: Horse manure all beds except 1 and right side of bed 4, as well as pumpkin and raspberries (in mango bed).
  • 1st: Chop and drop finished broad bean crop.
  • 1st: Mulch all beds, resow corn as germination was poor.

2015…

Overview:

  • 29th: 1st Gross Lissie tomato ripening
  • 29th: First cucumber ready for harvest
  • Powerfeed and Seasol on all vegetables
  • White oil spray on corn to kill aphids

Annuals: Sow & expected harvest

CropWhenHarvest
Basil TSep-Decfrom February
Beans DSep-Janfrom March
Beets DJul-Marfrom March
Cabbage IAll yearfrom February
Carrots DJul-Marfrom December
Corn DSep-Febfrom April
Capsicum D TSep-Decfrom March
Coriander DSep-Marfrom March
Cucumber D TSep-Febfrom March
Eggplant TAug-Janfrom March
Kale DAnyfrom March
Leeks TAug-Aprfrom April
Lettuce DAll yearfrom March
Parsley DSep-Mayfrom March
Rocket DAll yearfrom November
Rockmelon DSep-Decfrom March
Silverbeet DJul-Marfrom March
Sunflowers DAug-Janfrom March
Tomato D TAug-Janfrom February
Watermelon D TAug-Decemberfrom March
Zucchini DSep-Janfrom February
Notes: Beetroot, lettuce & silverbeet should be planted in part shade this time of year.

Harvest now

Asparagus, Beans, Beetroot, Cabbage, Capsicum, Carrots, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Herbs, Lettuce, Rocket, Tomatoes, Silverbeet, Zucchini, Blueberries, Lemons (Eureka), Blackberries, Strawberries, Youngberries (Dependent on planting time)

Maintenance

  • Ensure adequate soil moisture with regular watering and mulching.
  • Treat producing crops to a bi-monthly plant tonic such as worm juice, fish or seaweed solution and/or side dress heavy feeders with a balanced fertiliser once per month.
  • Check for pest & disease regularly and treat accordingly.
December

More information:
Raising seeds indoors
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