Planting Guides - month by month - follow these proven tips
Nurture your soil
Compost plots. Liquid manures and compost teas are important at this time of year for leaf and broccoli as the soils cannot take up other forms of nitrogen so easily .
Continue to revamp spent beds with green manure crops with lime added. This is not needed for root crops. Add leaves to compost or compost separately with 3 to 4 handfuls of chook poo to each barrow load of leaves. Keep moist and turn regularly to aerate.
Legumes – direct sow or in milk pots - broad beans, peas, snow peas
Leaf– lettuce, silverbeet, spinach,
Brassicas – in seed trays and plant out seedlings – broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, mizuna, rocket, asian greens – tatsoi
Root – direct - beetroot, carrots
Allium – direct or in seed trays - leeks, garlic
Root – garlic bulbs (harvest 16 weeks)
Herbs – coriander, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme
Take strawberry runners for new plants. Plant elsewhere next time.
Prune finished flower heads and dead material. Remove finished plants such as beans, corn, squash, tomato, zucchini.
Tidy up strawberry plants, removing dead leaves. Clear the bed after taking runners.
Dig potatoes, dry and store.
Harvest pumpkins after the first frost, leaving 10 cm of stem on and storing on their side in a sunny spot out of the weather.
Artichokes, aubergine, beetroot, capsicum,carrots, chilli, chokoes, coriander, jerusalem artichokes, lettuce, mitzuna, parsley, parsnips, potatoes, peas, silverbeet,spinach, spring onions, tatsoi tomatoes.
Some nutrient rich plants
Azola: compost activator. Also releases nitrogen into the soil as it decomposes.
Borage: magnesium, iodine and iron
Carrot leaves: phosphorous & magnesium
Chives: calcium, sodium
Comfrey: nitrogen, potassium, calcium, magnesium, silica, iron - put into compost as activator or slashed and used as mulch.
Garlic:sulphur, flouride, iron
Kelp: nitrogen, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iodine, iron
Lemon balm: phosphorous
Marigold:phosphorous Melon leaves: calcium
Parsley: potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron
Strawberry leaf: iron
Sunflowers: potassium Tansy: potassium
Watercress is a source of phosphorous. This is important for legumes which fix nitrogen.
It also contains potassium, calcium, sulphur, magnesium, fluorine, sodium. iron