Thanks especially for Ted and Merryl's hospitality last month at their place. We had a great turn out and loads of seeds, plants, cuttings and tips shared around. Oh, and fabulous food!! Thanks to everyone for making it such an enjoyable meeting.
- any seeds you have to process;
- plants to sell/swap;
- planting material such as cuttings or tubers;
- surplus produce;
- newspaper/carry bag to take goodies home.
Autumn Planting & Activities
That means less watering and work having to tend to pest and disease problems. Here are some activities and planting ideas for this month:
- Maximise summer/autumn growth by chopping back any plants that need a haircut. Arrowroot, comfrey, perennials and pruned shrubs/trees will all provide you with masses of nitrogen rich green material to build your compost. Chop woody prunings to use at the base of compost piles to help aeration and balance carbon.
|Arrowroot - chop and drop as mulch or add to compost as a nutrient accumulator|
- Add soil conditioners and organic fertilisers to the soil during the rain to boost growth.
- Sow fast growing edibles like lettuce, rocket and other leafy greens to take advantage of soil moisture. Mulch well.
- Start preparing soil for planting bare-rooted fruit trees available in winter. They are much cheaper and quicker to establish.
- Citrus trees will benefit from another feed now. Remember to mulch your garden well.
- Nasturtiums love the cooler months and have so many uses. Make sure to sow some seeds in your garden now if you haven't already. Once you have them, they will self sow every year.
- Get all your brassica crops in now e.g. kale, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.
- Remember to plant some American upland cress (also known as land cress) to attract the Cabbage White Butterflies to lay eggs on as a sacrificial plant. The leaves are toxic to the caterpillars so this ends the life cycle.
- Plant herbs like coriander, dill, chives, mint, and parsley. They thrive in this weather. Give your other perennial herbs like rosemary, thyme, sage, lemon grass and lemon-scented verbena a haircut to shape them and provide plenty of fresh herbs for teas or drying.
- If you can get your hands on some dragon fruit, pop them in now.
- Sow some flowers for winter pollination - here are a few suggestions.
What to Plant in May
Current Moon Cycle
To maximise your harvests, consider planting by the moon cycles. We are in a period of prolific growth for above ground plants until 2 May, so get planting with all that soil moisture! This is followed by a few days that are ideal to sow seeds for sprouts and microgreens. 7-8 & 14-15 May are the best times to tuck in root crops.
If you're planning on sowing seeds, seedlings, transplanting, taking cuttings, fertilising or dividing plants, this may help!
Learn more about the Benefits of Moon Gardening. Moon Calendars are available online any time for $12.50.
This month's Seed Savers Meeting
So as a courtesy please remember to at the very least order a tea/coffee or a yummy breakfast, to support the cafe. They have a delicious local and organic menu. Visit their website for more info @ http://www.sweetheartscafe.com.au/aboutus.html.
Venue: 2 Anzac Street (cnr Rosebed Street), Eudlo.
FREE to attend so bring a friend and carpool! Hope to see you soon.
By Anne Gibson