Here's Margaret's gardening update for the month, as insightful and encouraging as ever (thankyou!).
Dear gardening friends
The oxalis, sticky weed and forget-me-nots are making their annual comeback, the asparagus is up (late July is a record earliness for my garden) and the tomato seeds are hopefully quietly germinating in my sun-space. The currawongs have visited to clean out the last apples on the trees. I'm eating my way through the many bottles of plums from the bumper summer '18 crop with the expectation that the coming summer will be a a much more sparse one. The chooks are one by one coming back into laying. The days are visibly lengthening. And there have been 3 planets in the night sky easy to see.
I love the seasons. But my email today had a stark reminder of how out of kilter we are on a global scale:
I reckon our gardens are one of the simplest and best ways of restoring the balance.
Here are Greg's Planting Notes for August. Lots of potential here!
|AUGUST||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4|
|Parsnip - keep damp 3 weeks plus to germinate||x||x|
|Carrot - keep damp for 3 weeks, start picking mid Dec||x||x||x||x|
|Beetroot - not too many as often goes to seed Nov/Dec||x||x||x||x|
|Celeriac - keep damp 3 weeks plus for Autum/Winter||x||x||x||x|
|Mini Cauliflower "Garant" - punnet into ground||x||x|
|Lettuce - direct seeding and punnet into ground||x||x||x||x|
|Sugar Snap Pea and Snow Pea - 3rd planting.||x|
|pregerminate then sow direct. Protect from birds to 100mm|
|Tomatoes - for greenhouse only||x||x||x|
|Celeriac - keep damp 3 weeks plus||x||x|
|Capsicum - for greenhouse planting only||x||x|