UNDERNEATH THE TUARTS
At the busy bee on Sunday we managed to plant some new crops and pick some of the vegetables that were ready to harvest. These included beetroot, carrots, chard (silver beet), pak choi, rhubarb, tomatoes and broccoli. Lots of people took things home to eat. It was great to see all the young ones participating.
As we wish to reduce hazards in the garden we have decided not to grow rhubarb anymore due to the leaves being mildly poisonous. (They contain oxalic acid).
New things that went in included lettuce, more pak choi, snow peas, beetroot and radish. These are in addition to quite a lot of planting that took place on Arbor Day. As a consequence most of our beds are now fully planted. By the time spring comes around (seems a long way off but only a couple of months) we will need to clear some more beds out and plant things that thrive in the warmer months that will follow.
For best results it is important to think about crops you are planting. Some do well in the cooler time of the year, others are grow better in spring and summer. By September we should be looking at tomatoes, sweet corn, pumpkins, melons, egg plant, climbing beans.
Rotation of crops is important – trying to grow the same thing in the same place over and over is not recommended, both from plant nutrition point of view and also for disease and pest control.
Weeds grow apace this time of the year both in the beds and up through the mulch. Regular removal is the best way, so if you’ve a couple of minutes to spare and know a weed when you see it please remove them. Other than Guildford grass or couch these can go into the compost bin at the back of the shed.
Many thanks to Ian who has taken over looking after the compost for us. He would appreciate some dry material such as dead leaves or shredded paper.
The garden has recently purchased some new products to help improve the plants.
This product is 100% seaweed and contains 60 nutrients including trace elements.
Strengthens the cell walls and boosts resistance to disease while increasing fruiting and flowering. Increases plants ability to cope with summer heat. Ideal for foliar feeding fruit trees and other plants.
Dynamic lifter organic
Pelletised so it breaks down slowly. Blood and bone, fish meal and seaweed added to the formula. Ideally suited for established vegetables after about six weeks growth. A small application should contain enough nutrients for 6-8 weeks. This will eliminate the need to apply liquid products to our plant so frequently.
Power feed organic
This slow release formula contains 24 strains of beneficial microbes which improves soil structure and assist plants with nutrient uptake. This is a complete fertilizer which will be used on our fruit trees only during spring.
All these new products can be used on all our plants and shrubs including natives.
For All Gardeners
Just a quick word regarding how important it is to check the Garden Work Book when you visit, to see what work has been carried out on the garden. This saves valuable time and duplication as we come on different days.
Tool hygiene is a most important subject and tools need to be washed before using on another bed. This will eliminate diseases such as root knot nematode being transferred from bed to bed.
The October Plant Sale is the next big event and now is the time to start potting on things you may have in your own garden. We rely on our members to donate surplus plants. If you are clever enough to arrange things to be in flower at the time of the sale that always helps.
Till next time
Peter, Gill, Richard and Peter