The days are getting noticeably longer and things are beginning to stir in the garden. Time to get moving with your spring and summer vegie planting!
Onions can be sown directly into the ground or into trays now, but make sure they are long-day types such as Creamgold, Brown Spanish, White Sweet Spanish and Red Odourless Globe.
Continue sowing broad beans every three weeks or so to extend your harvest and prevent short term gluts. Soak the seed overnight before sowing and water in well, then don't water again until they are growing.
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Carrots, radishes, rocket, kale, climbing peas, spring onions and silver beet can all be sown from seed directly into the ground now.
All these can also be sown into trays if you prefer, for planting out as seedlings in a few weeks' time, except for carrots and parsnip which are best sown directly into the ground.
If you prefer spinach to silver beet, and are planning on growing it this season, you'd best get to it now, as there is only just enough time to get some seeds sown and get a crop before the weather heats up too much in November and December.
Baby spinach leaves have a nutty flavour and are great added to mixed salads, pasta and stir fries. Sow directly into the ground or into pots, in a sunny or partly shaded spot. It's a quick vegie to grow and you can start picking the first individual leaves as you need them from just 6-7 weeks after sowing.
The best tasting leaves will be from plants that are grown quickly, so make sure you keep the soil or potting mix consistently moist and feed each week with a fast-acting liquid fertiliser.
It's also time to sow celery and celeriac. Celeriac will germinate in cool soils, but celery is best started in trays under cover.
Continue successive plantings of winter lettuce, mizuna, tatsoi and mustard greens every two to three weeks for a continuous supply. Water and fertilise regularly to keep them growing and stop bitterness.
If you have run out of time or if seed sowing is just not your thing, many of these vegies are available from your favourite local nursery as seedlings.
Use the extra time this will give you, to continue preparing for spring planting by digging in plenty of compost and manure / fertiliser.
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