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What To Do Today?

Let us know what you have been doing in the garden lately plus the tips and tricks to making it work.

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Comment by Denise on May 17, 2009 at 10:34pm
ok, here I am again. I was reading an old organic gardening book by one Jonathon Spade and he says to plant peas now in warmer parts of the country. They flourish best at 10-16degrees, he says. William Massey is his preferred variety and a new packet too, otherwise you get erratic germination. A raised bed is best, for good drainage, and with plenty of organic matter added and well cultivated for aeration. Peas are good following a well fed root, tuber or leaf crop too. He also recommends liming the soil in autumn or early winter, unless you are in a very dry climate. I think I will give his method a go next time we have a nice day!
Comment by John Howard on May 7, 2009 at 1:30pm
dont mind if i sit in , am still at the lerning stage -having to make garden work for me, any tips are welcome, espcially comming from england -all the seasons are still back to front at the mo.
Comment by Denise on April 16, 2009 at 7:58pm
http://www.julietbatten.co.nz/

This site is under construction but already has seasonal rites, rituals and celebrations on it for the Southern Hemisphere. Knowing the book, I imagine seasonal food will be a feature too and a wider/deeper connection to nature and old knowledge/wisdom can be a pleasant extension to gardening . Worth keeping an eye on I thought.
Comment by Denise on April 16, 2009 at 12:01pm
I have been dividing strawberries and planting up a new bed so they can get well established before providing us with fruit next spring and summer. This is what I do:
Choose a warm well drained spot and build up a bed or grow in containers (mine are in old laundry tubs this time). Use a quality tub mix and add compost and/or manure (they like their food!). Sometimes I add blood and bone and wood ash as it becomes available from the fire is good too. Firm the soil (but keep the bed raised if its not in a container). Choose wellrooted runners and snip them off from the parent plants, then plant them out about 30cm apart, make sure the roots are well spread out. Don't bury the crown though, they don't like that! I will mulch them later to keep them warm and find the tubs are great for pulling mesh over to keep the birds off the fruit, especially if the top of the soil is about 5-10cm below the top of the tub.

Apparently strawbs grow well near lettuces and spinach so I have planted some of these in between them, figuring we will have eaten them by the time the strawberries need more light and space. Borage and marigolds are also friendly to strawberries, but make sure the borage especially is planted to the south of the strawbs so it doesn't shade them once it grows. Borage and marigold flowers/petals look nice in with a bowl of strawberries too. Oh I am missing summer already!
Comment by Denise on March 9, 2009 at 8:21pm
Back to Kay again, she says that around the first autumn rains is the best time to plant subtropical trees - wet warm soil helps them put out their new growth in time for it to be hardened off before the first frost.Make sure you emulate their native environment as much as possible is my personal experience - shelter from the cold winds and frost too, if possible and find a warm micro-climate near a warm north-facing wall perhaps... and lots of mulch and compost to keep their roots warm. Anyone else got some thoughts on this??
Comment by Denise on March 6, 2009 at 10:12pm
tip of the day: Diana Anthony recommends spraying apples, pears and citrus with a garlic and pyrethrum spray in late summer/autumn for codling moth, pear slug, aphid and mealy bug. She also does a copper spray during leaf fall on pip and stone fruits and berries for leaf curl, blast (dont know what that is), fungus, insects and eggs...actually she has heaps of recipes so just ask and I will look them up for you when I can :)
Comment by Denise on March 5, 2009 at 9:14pm
Hello, I thought I would see if other people would like a group based around seasons and months because I know I use the books I have that are ordered that way a lot! Yes, it could be that my memory isn't as sharp as it might be but by sharing I figure we can build up a resource that is a little bit like a library but more interactive. So, please add your seasonal tips and tricks...

The first one I have got comes from Kay Baxter: the best seed kumara are the female tubers - big and fat with skinny necks (the males are apparently skinnier with fat necks!). If you save the females and replant them you will get more tubers next season. Kay suggests storing the tubers in dry sand or sawdust so they don't touch and having the biggest ones on the bottom as they store better and for longer...March is the time for saving seed so pick your best specimen and dry the seed. check out 'Seed to Seed' by Suzanne Ashworth for more information

Kay also suggests that March is the month for planting the winter garden while the soil is still warm: in the Auckland region you can plant brassicas, silverbeet and kale plus perpetual leeks, carrots, celery, swede, turnip, parsley endives and florence fennel.
 

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