Climatically, Australia is an incredibly diverse country and optimal growing seasons can vary greatly depending on where you are located.
I'm rather fond of the practice shared by those on the other side of the world who ‘put the garden to sleep’ throughout their coldest months of the year. Right now, planting activities are getting busy over in those parts with the coming arrival of summer. For us, winter is looming but given our winter does not entail sub-zero temperatures or Polar Vortexes (a weather condition introduced to me only recently through my friends over that way and a level of cold I simply cannot comprehend) it feels like this season is perfectly worthy of the excitement of growing. Throughout most parts of Australia we’re pretty lucky in that with a few minor adjustments, we are able to grow something year-round.
For me, although the thought of growing all the year around is appealing, I am also drawn to the cycle of allowing myself, the garden and the soil a chance to rest. These ideas of mine are likely to evolve as the years pass but with our blistering heat during summer and the scarcity of rainfall during those months, I’m rather keen to designate the early part of each year to heavy mulching and resting the beds.
Right now we are experiencing a good deal of rain and because we are emerging from our warmer months, but any risk of frost is a long way off (and short lived at that), it has made direct sowing into the beds and the care of delicate seedlings really easy.
So with that said, I am enjoying joining my gardening friends from the snowy parts of the world who are dusting off their tools and turning the soil in their own back yards. I don’t plan to take on too much for internally I am still easily overwhelmed* and externally… well… the beds are still yet to get their borders and be formally declared "ready". There is some exciting news on our garden coming, but for now I’ll leave you with the tease of that news and show you the planting action of late…
Transitioning the Kohlrabi seedlings in their peat pots before planting out later this week with the moon calendar. Friends in the Southern Hemisphere... a good time to transplant seedlings is this Thursday or Friday. Always the first or second quarter (moon faze) with the moon in a "fertile" sign. That is, when the moon is in Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces.
These ones seem a little slow to get going, but after a bit of liquid seaweed they should be fine. There's a mix of greens in the trough - spinach, kale, tatsoi and rocket.
The bed in the foreground is full of garlic. Gee I can't wait to get rid of those plastic borders. They were a bad idea but will be perfect to dig down as a weed barrier before using rocks for the borders. I like timber borders as well but all our beds are more organic in shape without the straight sides needed for timber. Plus we do have that termite risk so I'd rather keep wood to a minimum for garden use which cancels out smaller logs and they might look a bit weird anyway.
I'll need to thin these cauliflowers out as they grow but it's good to see a few strong healthy seedlings popping their head's through. The middle photo above is another scattering of kale which looks a bit stronger than those in the concrete trough.
Oh look at those autumn leaves, these poor strawberries have been so neglected. Although, they don't look it do they? Maybe being ignored is the key to a happy healthy strawberry? I potted up the runners long ago... I'm thinking possibly back in March! Those pups would have well and truly rooted by now so it's time to separate them from their mummas. Best I be picking up a couple more hanging baskets for the young ones.
Have you got any plantings going on?
* If you’re new here you may wish to have a read of this post and some of those thereafter for why I say this.