Not sure which vegetables to plant, when to harvest them, and how to set up your flower beds for spring success? Follow this guide.
Having a plan for what to plant and harvest when will keep your garden thriving all year long. There’s plenty of planti
ng and harvesting to be done this month, but it’s also time to get your garden ready for winter.
FLOWERS TO PLANT
It’s a good time to plant out biennials (short-lived perennials) like foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea). Ensure the crown is level with the soil surface and press down firmly before watering in to settle. Flowers’ stems develop in their second year after seed growth, so the age of the plant you purchase will dictate if it will flower this spring.
Week 1: Clear away the bedding and remove flowering plants that have gone over. Incorporate some organic matter into the soil, too.
Week 2: Plant spring-flowering bulbs (but save tulips for May) in garden beds, through lawns or in pots.
Week 3: Take cuttings of your favourite roses. They should root and be ready to transplant next autumn.
Week 4: Transfer tender perennials, such as fuchsia and lantana, to a shed or garage and out of frost’s way.
VEGETABLES TO PLANT
Asparagus, cabbage, garlic bulbs, lettuce, onion, parsnip, peas, silverbeet and spinach can all be planted now. A lot of the vegies available to sow in
March/April will stay to their own areas and not invade the rest of your patch, which means you will have more room to grow more varieties.
VEGETABLES TO HARVET
Asparagus, beans, capsicum, chives, cucumber, eggplant, pumpkin, squash, watermelon and zucchini can all be picked now. Harvest cucumber,
squash and zucchini while they are young – the bigger their fruit becomes, the more watery they will get and lose their flavour
Week 1: Harvest cucurbits, including vine vegies such as cucumber, pumpkin, squash and watermelon.
Week 2: Prevent powdery mildew forming on leafy vegies by only watering at the base of the plant.
Week 3: Dig compost and manure into the vegie patch or place on the surface with worms to distribute nutrients.
Week 4: Before harvesting watermelons, test by giving a knock with your knuckles and listen for a dull thud.