What to do this month


What to do this month

This group covers tasks for the month and what to plant this month to be updated every month

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Tasks for April

Plant spring flowering bulbs as soon as possable. Many bulbs planted in the previous will be advanced in leaf growth.

Chrysanthemum plants should be fed and debudded to get the best flowers.

Dahlias that are still in flowershould be continually dead-headed to encourage on going flowering.

Start a new compost heap; make the most of the extra suitable material at this time of year. Don't use diseased materialin your compost heap.

Plant new fruit trees.

Start a new strawberry bed by prepareing the grownd.

collect any remaining veg crops and store for winter use.



I have found a very good garden nursery in south Auckland Shed16 garden centre and cafe on Jesmond Rd in Drury it is well worth a visit.  it is a small localy owned an owner operated garden center and the owners aim to sell only organic products as well as keeping prices very low hear is a link to thier website www.organix.net.nz                                    

Discussion Forum

Flowes to plant in January 1 Reply

Seeds to sow in JanuaryAgeratum, Alyssum, Cineraria*, Cyclamen, Dahlia, Linaria, Lupin, Mignonette, Nasturtium*, Nicotiana*, Opium poppy, Pansy, Iceland poppy, Primula, Stock, Sweet pea, Viola, Wallflower.Seedlings to sow in JanuaryAster, Celosia, Cosmos*, Gazania*, Gerbera, Ivy, NAsturtiam*, Petunia*, Phlox, Rudbeckia, Salpiglossis,  Sunflower*,  Viscaria, Zinnia.Bulbs, Corms, and tubers to plantAgapanthus, Belladonna, Clivia, Crinum, Colchicum, Crocus (autumn-flowering), Cyclamen, Eranthis (winter aconite), Erythronium, Freesia, Fritillaria, galanthus, Gladiolus, Habranthus*, Ipheion, Iris, Lachenalia, Leucojum (snowflake), Lycoris, Narcissus (plant now in cold climates, later in warm climates), Nerine, Oxalis*, Sternbergia, Watsonia*.*only practicable in warm areas.Continue

Started by Matt Moir. Last reply by Pam Jan 26, 2014.

Vegetables to plant in January 1 Reply

Seeds to sow this monthBean*, Beetroot, Broccoli, Brussels sprout, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery*, Cucumber*, leek, Lettuce, Marrow*, Melon*, Parsnip, Radish, Silver beet, Swede, Turnip.Seedlings to sow this month.Beetroot, Broccoli, Brussles sprout, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery*, Cucumber, Leek, Lettuce, Parsnip, Radish, Silver beet.*Only Practicable in warm areas.Continue

Started by Matt Moir. Last reply by Pam Jan 26, 2014.

Vegetables to plant in April

Seeds to sow. Beetroot*, Broad beans, Broccoli*, Cabbage, Carrot*, Cauliflower*, Celery*, Celeriac*, Leeks, Lettuce (winter), onion, Potato*, Spinich, and Turnip. seedlings to plant. Broccoli*, Brussles sprout, Cabbage, Cauliflower*, Celery, Leek, Lettuce, Silverbeet*, and Spinich.(* Only practicable in warm areas.)Continue

Started by Matt Moir Mar 29, 2012.

Flowers to plant in April

Sow these seeds. Alyssum, Calendula, Cornflower, Dianthus, Lobelia, Lupin, Snapdragon, Stock, Sweet pea, Viola. Seedlings to plant. Anemone, Hollyhock, Iceland poppy, Larksspur, Pansy, Polyanthus, Primrose, Ranunculus, and Snapdradon.Bulbs, Rhizomes, and tubers to plant. Allium, Anemone, Camassia, Chionodoxa, Crosomia, Freesia, Galtonia, Gladolus, Hyacynth, Hyacinthoides (bluebell, endymion, scilla), Ranunculus, Romulea, Sparaxis, Trillium, Tritonia, and Tulip.Continue

Started by Matt Moir Mar 29, 2012.

A few more seeds /seedlings to plant in March

Planting now in March for the New Zealand - sub-tropical zoneAmaranth(also Love-lies-bleeding)Sow in garden.Harvest from July.Beetroot(also Beets)Sow in garden.Harvest from July.Broad beans(also Fava bean)Sow in garden.Harvest from August.Burdock(also Gobo (Japanese Burdock))Sow in garden.Harvest from September.CabbageGrow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks.Harvest from July.Cape Gooseberry(also Golden Berry, Chinese Lanterns)Sow in garden.Harvest from August.CarrotSow in garden.Harvest from August.CauliflowerGrow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks.Harvest from September.CeleriacGrow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks.Harvest from August.CeleryGrow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks.Harvest from September.Chives(also Garden chives)Sow in garden.Harvest from July.Climbing beans(also Pole beans, Runner beans, Scarlet Runners)Sow in garden.Harvest from July.Collards(also Collard greens, Borekale)Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks.Harvest from July.CucumberSow in garden.Harvest from July.Daikon(also Japanese radish, Lo Bok)Direct in garden.Harvest from July.DillSow in garden.Harvest from July.Dwarf beans(also French beans, Bush beans)Sow in garden.Harvest from July.Florence Fennel(also Finocchio)Sow in garden.Harvest from August.Kale(also Borecole)Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks.Harvest from July.KohlrabiSow in garden.Harvest from July.LeeksGrow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks.Harvest from August.LettuceSow in garden, or start in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks..Harvest from July.Mustard greens(also gai choy)Sow in garden.Harvest from June.Oregano(also Pot Marjoram)Sow in garden, or start in seed trays.Harvest from June.Parsley(also curly leaf parsley or flat leaf (Italian) parsley)Sow in garden.Harvest from July.PotatoPlant tuber.Harvest from September.RadishSow in garden.Harvest from June.Rocket(also Arugula/Rucola)Sow in garden.Harvest from June.Salsify(also Vegetable oyster)Sow in garden.Harvest…Continue

Started by Matt Moir Mar 16, 2012.

Vegetables to plant in March

Seeds to sowBeetroot*, Broccoli*, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower*, Celery, Cress, Leek, Lettuce(winter), Parsnip*, Peas,*, Radish, Silver beet*, Spinich, Spring onion, Sweede*, Turnip.Seedlings to sowBeetroot, Broad bean, Broccoli, Brussels sprout, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Leek,          Lettuce (winter), Parsnip, Pea, Silver beet, Spinich, Spring onion, Sweede.* Only practicable in warm areasContinue

Started by Matt Moir Feb 29, 2012.

Flower seeds, Seedlings, and bulbs to plant in March

Seeds to sow.Ageratum*, Alyssum, Anemone, Antirrhinim, Aquilegia, Calendula, Candytuft, Canterbury bells, Carnation, Cineraria*, Clarkia, Cyclamen, Forget-me-not, Helichrysum, Hollyhock, Lobelia, Mignonette, Pansy, Polyanthus, Russell lupin, Snapdragon, Statice, Stock, Sweetpea, Viola.Seedlings to plant.Ageratum*, Alyssum, Anemone, Anthirrhinum, Aquilegia, Calendul, Candytuft, Canterbury bells, Carnation, Cineraria*, Clarkia, Cyclamen, Forget-me-not, Helichrysum, Hollyhock, Larkspur,Lobelia, Mignonette, Pansy, Polyanthus, Russell lupin, Snapdragon, Statice, Stock, Sweet pea, Viola.Bulbs, Rhizomes and Tubers to plantAllium, Anemone, Camassia, Crocus, Clivia, Dutch iris, Galtinia, Gladiolus cardinalis,               G. carinatus, G. alatus (winter growing types) Habranthus, Hyacinth, Hyacinthoides (scilla, blubell, endymion), Ipheion, Ixia, Lachenalia, Moraea, Muscari, Narcissus, Ornithogalum, Ranunculus, Romulea, Sparaxis, Trillium, Tritonia, Tulip.*Only practicable in warm areas.Continue

Started by Matt Moir Feb 29, 2012.

Vegetable seeds/seedlings to plant in Febuary

Seeds to plantBean, Dwarft*, Beetroot, Brussels sprout, Carrot*, Leek, Lettuce* Parsnip*, Radish*, Spinich*, Spring onions, Swede*, Turnip.Seedlings to plant.Broccoli*, Cabbage*, Carrot*, Cauliclower*, Celery*, Chicory, Endive, Lettuce*, Parsnip*, Purslane, Radish*, Silverbeet, Spinich*, Swede*.* Onlypracticable in warm areas.Continue

Started by Matt Moir Jan 27, 2012.

flower seeds/seedlings to plant in Febuary

Seeds to plantAgertaum, Alyssum, Antirrhinum(snapdragon), Aquilegia, Campanula, Candytuft, Carnation, Cineraria*, Cosmos*, Cornflower, Cyclamen, Delphinium, Dianthus, Foxglove, Gypsophila, Hollyhock, Honesty, Iceland poppy, Larkspur, Lupin, Marigold*, Mignonette, Nigella, Pansy, Polyanthus Ranunculus*, Scabious, Shirley poppy, Stock, Sweet william, Sweet pea, Verbena, Viola, Wallflower.Seedlings to plant.Aquilegia, Aster, Carnation, Cineraria*, cornflower, Cosmos*, Dianthus, Dimorphotheca*(African daisy), Foxglove, Gerberia*, Hollyhock, Iceland poppy, Lineria, Lupin, Marigold*, Pansy, Primula, Statice, Stock, Sweet pea, Sweet william, Verbena, Viola, Wallflower.Bulbs, Corms, and tubers to plant.Agapanthus, Anemone, Babiana, Clivia*, Convillaria (lily of the vally), Crocus, Daffodil, Dutch Iris, Eranthis (Winteraconite), Erythronium, Fritillaria, Gladiolus, Harbranthus, Hippeastrum, Hyacinth, Ixia, Lachenalia, Leucojum (Snow drop), Lycoris, Nerine, Ranunculus, Sparaxis, Spekelia, Sternbergia, Triteleia, Veltheimia.* Only Practicable in warm areas.Continue

Started by Matt Moir Jan 27, 2012.

Vegetables to plant in December

Seeds to sow now.Artichoke (globe), Aubergine (eggplant)*, Beetroot, Broadbeans*, Broccoli*, Cabbage, Capsicum*, Carrot*, Cauliflower, Celery*, Cucumber*, Fennel, Kumera*, Leek, Lettuce, Marrow, Melon*, Onion, Parsnip, Pea, Pumpkin, Silverbeet, Spinich*, Squash*, Swede, Sweet corn*, Tomato* Turnip, Zuccini*Seedlings to plant now.Artichoke (globe)*, Cabbage, Capsicum*, Cauliflower, Leek, Lettuce, Onion, Silver beet, Spring onion.* Only practicable in warm areas.Continue

Started by Matt Moir Nov 29, 2011.

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Comment by Tony Lucas on May 21, 2013 at 8:16pm
OThe subantarctic tomatos are fantastic and cropped late into the season,producing meaty,but juicy good sized tomatoes puttin in more this year.
Comment by kiwi brown on January 27, 2013 at 3:50pm

Everyone must be too busy in gardens to write in here!  I am watering, watering, watering.......mulching, harvesting, spraying and dusting for insect control, covering for bird damage control, and resting from all the heat outside and preserving inside.  When will there be time to plant seeds?  After taking time to save these veg seeds would like to use them but may have to buy seedlings for cabbages, etc.  ps  this is my resting time.

Comment by Ricardo Oscar Marques on December 12, 2012 at 11:09pm


Thanks for the info.

I am heree.

Comment by Kelly Ronayne on November 8, 2012 at 2:14pm

Whoa Matt, just discovered this group & scrolling down, am very interested in your 'Subarctic' tomatoes. Am happy to pay for seeds or seedlings!

Comment by gabriella on September 16, 2012 at 11:22am

will there be more updates on this group site?  as March was last entry it appears? thanks

Comment by Matt Moir on March 16, 2012 at 9:34am

St Patric's day is comeing up this weekend it this is the tradidional time to get your sweet peas planted for next summer

Comment by Matt Moir on February 27, 2012 at 8:29am

Vegetable Garden

Spray DE wet via a pump up sprayer all over vegetables. Try to maintain an even and thorough application. Additionally, use the wand upside down at ground level and up the full height of the plants to achieve underside leaf coverage. Choosing from our range of DE tailored applicators can also make application and dispersion simple and efficient.

Spread DE by hand or with a shaker applicator to discourage entry by slugs and snails into the area you want to control. Creating a border of DE around the zone to be protected will greatly assist to prevent these foliage eaters from entering this area.

Fruit Trees
Create a solution of DE in a bucket of water and brush paint tree trunks to assist to prevent ants from gaining access up the trunk of the tree. Stir the solution regularly as the DE will tend to settle.

Additionally, spray the foliage of trees to discourage other pests as per vege garden style application. Exercise caution around flowering / fruiting season as DE has the potential to adversely affect pollinating insects such as bees which is obviously to be avoided.

DE can also be applied dry on still days with any of our applicators available on the DE Accessories page.

DE has no withholding period when sprayed on fruit and vegetables destined for human consumption. It is harmless and you could spray, pick and eat it all in the same day!


Wet - Apply as per spray method coating foliage to assist with mealy bug and other sucking insect control.

Dry - Apply with the Pest Pistol, The Spritzer or a simple shaker applicator.

Spread, blow, brush or spray anywhere you want to control insects, ant invasions around composting areas, rubbish and recycling bins, ant trails or anywhere you want to maintain insect free. Insects and ants particularly do not like travelling through areas with DE present. If they get any on them it will ultimately lead to their demise – they recognise this and re-locate themselves very quickly.

DE will not harm earthworms unless you completely coat them it. Used by worm-farmers in the USA, they spread sparingly over the surface of the soil. The worms will take it in and work it into the soil through the course of their natural action. It can actually be quite beneficial to the worms and the soil as long as it is not over-applied directly to the worms themselves.

Outdoor insects
Diatomaceous Earth has been known to cause a debilitating and/or fatal effect on the following outdoor insects and parasites …

Ants, fleas, ticks, house flies, white fly, fruit flies, blow flies, caterpillars, cockroaches, snails, slugs, spiders, termites, silverfish, lice, mites, centipedes, earwigs, aphids, thrips, borer, mealy bug, grub stage of Japanese beetles, corn earworm, corn borer, cucumber beetles, mealworms, hoppers, bed bugs, brown mites, red spider mites, twig borers, oriental fruit moths, codling moths, chalcid weevils, grain borer, red flour beetle, pea weevil, rice weevil, gypsy moth, pink boll weevil, lygus bug, nematodes, tomato hornworm, bean beetles, cabbage loopers and many others not mentioned here.

Comment by Matt Moir on October 4, 2011 at 11:01am
I am looking for a helping hand in my Pt Chev garden this is a volintery charitable garden I am careing for and Is to much work for 1 person along with all my other commitments it anyone is able to help please let me know thanks
Comment by Matt Moir on September 26, 2011 at 9:23pm

This saturdar Oct 1st from 730 am to 1 pm I am haveing a plant and seedling sale all proceds will be donated to charity location 19 formby ave Pt Chev Auckland

Comment by Tara McFarlane on September 7, 2011 at 4:14pm

Ooh Matt


Where in Ellerslie are you?  I would love to swing by and get a few






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