Monday, June 4, 2012

My June Winter Garden


What can you grow in June? It's the greenest time of the year in South Australia. It's wet and cold but there are some vegetables that absolutely love it like that!

Think greens and you'll get it right!

Winter Planting

Spinach, basil, coriander, kale, peas, snow peas, radishes, lettuce, onions, broad beans, rocket, leeks, cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, fennel, celeriac, potatoes, strawberries and rhubarb.

Winter is the best time for transplanting so that is why strawberries, rhubarb and roses are in plentiful supply at this time of the year. If you are thinking of adding these to your garden, do it within June/July.

A handy planting guide for each month can be found on the Garden Australia website.

This year I have been including fennel, peas and kale into my garden.


Fennel - use both leaves and bulb

Tuscano Nero Kale

Dwarf Curly Kale
How do I use Kale? Just like traditional spinach. Remove the stalks and chop. It's even TASTIER!

I haven't grown peas for the past couple of years due to powdery mildew, but this year I am armed with readiness to tackle any signs of disease.

If you find that you often have powdery mildew outbreaks it is best not plant those prone plants for up to 3 years to allow for the any diseases to settle. Often wet and warm conditions can bring in disease to the garden, so always keep an eye on your crops. Using garden shade cloth can help keep frosts at bay at this time of the year, as well as reduce the number of caterpillars.

It's the best time of year for planting those other leafy greens: the spinach family.

I have both baby and traditional English spinach just sprouting. The English variety will need to be transplanted to a larger part of the garden or into individual pots as they grow quite large. Giving English Spinach more room makes for a better harvest.

English Spinach

Baby Spinach

Transplanting


Strawberries are sending out their runners (on certain varieties) right now. So take advantage of them to create more plants either for your garden, your friends/family or for sale.

Just add a good quality potting mix to any small pots you may have left over and place the runners over the pots to encourage them to root. When the roots have grabbed the soil well you can cut the runner stem. Give a little seaweed solution drink to help them get started. So simple!

Here's my potting efforts this week...

Strawberry runner just starting to root in pot.

Strawberry runners that have just been cut and fully rooted.
Don't forget the fantastic Rhubarb!

The new growth can be carefully separated from the main plant to create new ones. They are another money earner along with strawberries.

Remember to feed the established rhubarbs with well rotten cow manure. Fork lightly around the plants and lightly dig through the manures. You will be rewarded with even thicker stalks.

Rhubarb

Even though it seems eternally wet at this time of the year, give every thing a good liquid fertilising every 2 weeks as all greens are very nitrogen and essential element hungry.


Happy Gardening!




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