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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

Crop Sow Harvest
Beans D All year from April
Beets D Jul-Mar from April
Cabbage I All year from April
Carrots D Jul-Mar from May
Cauliflower D Dec-Feb from May
Cucumber D Sep-Feb from April
Eggplant T Aug-Jan from April
Kale D Any from April
Leeks T Aug-Apr from May
Lettuce D All year from April
Parsley D Sep-May from April
Rocket D All year all year
Silverbeet D Jul-Mar from April
Sunflowers D Aug-Mar from April
Corn D Sep-Feb from May
Zucchini D Sep-Jan from 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

Crop When Harvest
Beets D Jul-Mar from May
Broccoli I Sep-Apr from May
Cabbage I All year from May
Carrots D Jul-Mar from June
Cauliflower I Dec-Feb from July
Chives D Sep-Feb from May
Cucumber D Sep-Feb from May
Leeks I Aug-Apr from July
Kale D Any from April
Leeks T Aug-Apr from June
Lettuce D All year from May
Parsley D Sep-May from May
Rocket D All year from May
Silverbeet D Jul-Mar from 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

Crop When Harvest
Beets D Jul-Mar from June
Broccoli T Sep-Apr from May
Cabbage D All year from June
Carrots D Jul-Mar from July
Leeks T Aug-Apr from August
Kale D Any from April
Leeks T Aug-Apr from June
Lettuce D All year from July
Parsley D Sep-May from June
Peas (all)D Mar-Aug from July
Rocket D All year from June
Silverbeet D Jul-Mar from 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

Crop When Harvest
BroadbeansD Apr-Jul from August
Broccoli I Sep-Apr from June
Cabbage D All year from June
Carrots D Jul-Mar from Aug
Garlic D Mar-Apr from Oct
Kale D Any from July
Leeks T Aug-Apr from August
Lettuce D All year from July
Parsley D Sep-May from July
Peas (all)D Mar-Aug from July
Rocket D All year from June
Silverbeet D Jul-Mar from 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

Crop When Harvest
BroadbeansD Apr-Jul from September
Cabbage D All year from July
Carrots D Jul-Mar from September
Kale D Any from July
Peas D Apr-Aug from July
Leeks T Aug-Apr from August
Lettuce D All year from July
Parsley D Sep-May from August
Peas (all)D Mar-Aug from July
Rocket D All year from July
Silverbeet D Jul-Mar from 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

Crop When Harvest
Broadbeans D Apr-Jul from October
Cabbage I All year from August
Kale D Any from August
Lettuce D All year from April
Peas (all) D Mar-Aug from September
Rocket D All year all
Tomato I Aug-Feb from 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

Crop When Harvest
Beets D Jul-Mar from October
Cabbage I All year from September
Carrots D All year from November
Kale D Any from September
Lettuce D All year from August
Peas (all) D Mar-Aug from October
Rocket D All year from September
CapsicumI Sep-Dec from December
TomatoI Aug-Dec from December
EggplantI Sep-Dec from 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

Crop When Harvest
Beets D Jul-Mar from November
Cabbage I All year from November
Carrots D Jul-Mar from December
Capsicum/Chilli I Sep-Feb from November
Eggplant I Aug-Jan from December
Kale D Any from October
Leeks T Aug-Apr from December
Lettuce D All year from October
Peas D Mar-Aug from November
Rocket D All year from October
Rockmelon I Sep-Dec from Dec
Silverbeet D Jul-Mar from November
Sunflowers D Aug-Mar from November
Tomato I Aug-Dec from November
Watermelon D Aug-Mar from 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

Crop When Harvest
Basil I Sep-Dec from December
Beans D Sep-Jan from December
Beets D Jul-Mar from December
Cabbage I All year from December
Carrots D Jul-Mar from January
Corn D Late Sep-Feb from January
Capsicum D T Sep-Dec from December
Coriander D Sep-Mar from November
Cucumber D T Sep-Feb from December
Eggplant T Aug-Jan from January
Kale D Any from December
Leeks T Aug-Apr from January
Lettuce D All year from December
Parsley D Sep-May from December
Rocket D All year from November
Rockmelon D Late Sep-Dec from December
Silverbeet D Jul-Mar from December
Sunflowers D Aug-Jan from December
Tomato D T Aug-Jan from December
Watermelon D T Aug-December from January
Zucchini D Sep-Jan from 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

Crop When Harvest
Basil T Sep-Dec from December
Beans D Sep-Jan from January
Beets D Jul-Mar from January
Borage D Oct-Dec from January
Cabbage I All year from December
Carrots D Jul-Mar from February
Corn D Late Sep-Feb from February
Capsicum D T Sep-Dec from January
Coriander D Sep-Mar from December
Cucumber D T Sep-Feb from January
Eggplant T Aug-Jan from January
Kale D Any from January
Leeks T Aug-Apr from January
Lettuce D All year from December
Parsley D Sep-May from January
Rocket D All year from December
Rockmelon D Sep-Dec from January
Silverbeet D Jul-Mar from January
Sunflowers D Aug-Jan from January
Tomato D T Aug-Jan from December
Watermelon D T Aug-December from January
Zucchini D Sep-Jan from 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

Crop When Harvest
Basil T Sep-Dec from January
Beans D Sep-Jan from February
Beets D Jul-Mar from February
Borage D Oct-Dec from February
Cabbage I All year from January
Carrots D Jul-Mar from March
Corn D Sep-Feb from March
Capsicum D T Sep-Dec from February
Coriander D Sep-Mar from January
Cucumber D T Sep-Feb from February
Eggplant T Aug-Jan from February
Kale D Any from February
Leeks T Aug-Apr from March
Lettuce D All year from Januaryr
Parsley D Sep-May from February
Rocket D All year from January
Rockmelon D Sep-Dec from February
Silverbeet D Jul-Mar from February
Sunflowers D Aug-Jan from February
Tomato D T Aug-Jan from January
Watermelon D T Aug-December from February
Zucchini D Sep-Jan from 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

Crop When Harvest
Basil T Sep-Dec from February
Beans D Sep-Jan from March
Beets D Jul-Mar from March
Cabbage I All year from February
Carrots D Jul-Mar from December
Corn D Sep-Feb from April
Capsicum D T Sep-Dec from March
Coriander D Sep-Mar from March
Cucumber D T Sep-Feb from March
Eggplant T Aug-Jan from March
Kale D Any from March
Leeks T Aug-Apr from April
Lettuce D All year from March
Parsley D Sep-May from March
Rocket D All year from November
Rockmelon D Sep-Dec from March
Silverbeet D Jul-Mar from March
Sunflowers D Aug-Jan from March
Tomato D T Aug-Jan from February
Watermelon D T Aug-December from March
Zucchini D Sep-Jan from 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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