December 2010

Wet, wet, wet! Keeping mould and mildew at bay and having crops ripen fully will be the main concerns this month, after massive amounts of rainfall in November. Cool season crops like broad beans and peas are still ripening and producing when usually they are long past eaten. Hopefully we will get enough warmth and […]

January 2010 Notes

Happy New Gardening year. This time of year can be too hot to get out in the garden apart from the early mornings and long evenings. It’s more a time for garden planning and eating the fruits of your spring efforts. You can still be planting though. Late summer is good for putting in seeds […]

February 2010 Notes

Even though it’s hot as hades, time to be thinking about autumn and winter planting of seed. Always a challenge when your’re faced with gluts of summer veges, but worth it if you don’t want a starvation period in the garden.   February 2010 What to Plant, When: Guide for temperate areas in SE Australia […]

March 2010 Notes

March is a busy time in the garden; picking summer fruits and veg, getting beds ready for more planting of cool weather crops, feeding the soil, planting roots crops and leafy greens, making composts, applying bd preps when the temperatures decline.  I think autumn is the best time in the garden!  Here’s auspicious March dates […]

April 2010 Notes

No frosts + moist soil + warm days = perfect planting conditions…. Now is a great time for renewal, growth and development in the garden. Also an ideal time for building the soil, through conditioning, biodynamic preparations and fertilisers. Think about planting perennials; fruit trees and the like. I also like to plant garlic now so […]

May 2010 Notes

Usually in central Victoria we’ve well and truly had the first frost for the year and this signals the brakes being applied to growth. This year, we’re still experiencing mild conditions and plants are going for growth while things are good. It means your winter veges can get a spurt on before cold weather slows […]

June 2010 Planting

It has been the most perfect conditions for growing and planting. As we head into winter, growth and germination will start to slow. but if you were late getting started, you can still plant through the winter. Just stagger your plantings more widely to take account of the slower growth. Leafy greens – kale, rocket, […]

July 2010 Notes

Mid winter is still a great time to be gardening. Even though growth above ground has slowed, under the soil there’s still lots of activity. Winter is a good time for planting deciduous plants and food crops like berries and citrus. It’s also a good time of the year to make compost.   July  2010 […]

August 2010 Notes

Still winter, but the sign of flowering wattles (and even broad beans?) is a harbinger of longer days and greater warmth. Think about planting spuds and continuing with leafy greens: kale is an under-rated delight in our part of the world and lettuces grow through the coldest times. Compost (don’t forget our workshop on the […]

September 2010 Notes

Now’s the time to gear up for seed sowing. Think about planting spuds. Add compost and organic matter to the soil; it’s not too late to grow a quick green manure. If things are getting too moist and there’s a danger of mould or fungus, try an application of biodynamic preparation 508, based on horsetail. […]

October 2010 Notes

Ah, Spring and the delights of gardening at all hours of the day. What a luxury. Especially knowing that the furnace heat of Summer will arrive and temper activities This season the weeds are leaping ahead, but I think there’s a joy in seeing anything growing well, edible or not! Seeds should be underway by […]

November 2010 Notes

It makes a huge difference going into summer knowing the soil is full of moisture and there’s plenty more on tap. It has me optimistically sowing watermelon and rockmelon seeds and even contemplating corn. I would never think of growing these crops in past seasons because they are just so demanding of water and nutrients; I couldn’t […]

October 2009 Notes

A guide for October planting in the garden for Newstead and surrounds. See the Garden Notes main page for more information and explanation of the dates. Thanks to Brian Keats for generously allowing the use of his AstroCalendar to guide these garden gleanings. The 2010 Astro Calendar will be his 23rd Edition. To purchase planting guides: […]

November 2009 Notes

A guide to November planting in the garden for Newstead and surrounds. See the main Garden Notes page for more information and explanation of the dates. Thanks to Brian Keats for generously allowing the use of his AstroCalendar to guide these garden gleanings. The 2010 Astro Calendar will be his 23rd Edition. To purchase planting guides: Brian […]

December 2009 Notes

Looks like a hot summer ahead. Some veges will soak up the heat and produce well. Others may need more care. On the hottest days plants will shut down their metabolism and cease to grow, let alone produce. Rigging up a shadecloth cover over (and around) your beds may help some of the more tender leafy plants to […]

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