We meet on the first Sunday of each month between 8.30am - 10.00am. Venue: 145 Ilkley Road, Ilkley, Sunshine Coast.
All welcome to come along for a chat, cuppa, local organic gardening tips, seed saving and plant swap! Gold coin donation.
If you have any seeds that need processing or you'd like to contribute to our community seed bank, bring them along.
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Monday, August 19, 2013

‘Seedy Sunday’ & Spring Planting

The next 'Seedy Sunday' will focus on Spring Planting on 1 September from 8.30am - 10.30am. Warmer days and cool nights are a perfect time to plant many early spring crops and harvest the last of winter seeds from the garden.

Nasturtiums - sow to attract beneficial insects and many other uses

Come along and share any surplus produce, seeds or cuttings that are growing well in your garden at this time of year or just soak up local knowledge to learn what to grow and how to seed save. Beginners, people new to the area and long distance visitors are all welcome.

It’s a great way for everyone to grow their garden for free. If the weather is kind and not wet or humid, we’ll process more seeds to share/swap.

There will also be a few members of Permaculture Noosa Seed Savers bringing along their Seed Bank and their "bulk"/unpackaged seeds to exchange. Maria (the co-ordinator) will be happy to discuss how their group operates and how all the members have an opportunity to make a contribution. She is keen to pick up a few ideas from the group at Eudlo so it would be great if you could be there for shared knowledge and reciprocal seed sharing.

What to do now in the garden:

The relatively mild conditions of spring and early summer allow us to grow a wide variety of vegetable, herb and fruiting crops. To maximise an abundant production in your home garden, take advantage of this time of year to sow seeds and seedlings as soon as you can before pests and inclement weather make summer gardening difficult.

  • Plant flowers to bring in beneficial insects so your good bug populations are in your garden to keep the predator:pest balance in check as the weather warms up.
  • Top up bird baths and provide nesting materials for birds so they will visit your garden and help manage your pest insects by having a free feed.
  • Add organic fertilisers, minerals, compost and organic matter to build your soils and plenty of mulch to retain moisture.
  • Give your leafy green crops a foliar spray of diluted seaweed in the early morning to boost their growth.
  • Tip prune any herbs that need a haircut and start some cuttings for extra plants to grow or swap/share.
  • Heavily mulch any unused garden beds to prevent weeds until you are ready to plant out.

If your pea crops are finished, allow some pods to ripen and save seeds for next season

What to Plant in September

According to Green Harvest's Spring Sowing & Planting guide:

  • Early spring is a good time to plant perennial food plants such as yacon, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokeswater chestnuts, ginger, turmeric, galangal and chokos. Potatoes can be planted into well-mulched beds; only use certified seed potatoes to avoid introducing damaging viral diseases to your garden.
  • Sow seeds or plant seedlings of herbs such as basil, coriander, cress, borage, catnip, chamomile, chives, dill, lemon balm, sweet marjoram, Mexican tarragonpeppermint and sage. Vietnamese balm can be sown now.
  • Plant flower seedlings and sow seeds of sweet alicecosmosmarigolds, phlox, salvia, nasturtiumssunflowers, snapdragons, Queen Anne’s lace, verbena and statice. 

  • Fresh green and dried brown nasturtium seeds - time to harvest/sow

  • In subtropical areas, sow vegetable seed or plant seedlings of broccoli, corn, celeriac, Chinese cabbage, capsicum, carrots, parsnip, cabbagesilverbeet, lettuce, radish, rosella, beetroot, rocket, tomatoes, eggplant and spring onions; all these can be planted now. Plant carrots and parsnips from seed only; root vegetables should not be transplanted.
  • After all danger of frost has passed, plant out corn, cucumbers, capsicum, cape gooseberries, eggplant, okra, zucchini, rosella, squash, watermelon, tomatillo and tomatoes. Soil temperatures need to be around 20°C to germinate seeds of warm season vegetables. To check, see if pumpkin seeds are germinating by themselves from old compost; if so, then the soil is warm enough. Sow larger seeds such as beans, pumpkins, melons and corn directly in the ground. Remember that corn is wind-pollinated and needs to be grown in a block, not a row, for pollination to be effective.

  • Moon CalendarSeptember is an ideal time to plant many crops in your garden from seeds or seedlings. If you want to raise seeds, sow in seed trays or small pots to transplant out when your seedlings have been sun hardened.

    Check out Gardenate's calendar or the Gardening Australia Vegie Guide to learn more about what you can start sowing or planting out now and into October.

    During September, the 1st, 2nd, 22nd and 23rd are ideal days to sow all your root crops according to the Moon Calendar.

    Plant your above ground crops like lettuce, silverbeet, rocket and celery from 7th - 17th September as this is the time when the high sap run will produce strong foliage growth. It's also an ideal time to take cuttings, sow your flowers, divide plants and liquid fertilise your crops.

    This month's Seed Savers Meeting

    We meet at Sweethearts Cafe who offer us a large space to get together for free (saving us a hall hire fee so no cost to you) but as a business are in effect hiring out that area to us for a couple of hours.

    So as a courtesy please remember to at the very least order a tea/coffee or a yummy breakfast, to support the cafe. They have a delicious local & organic menu. Visit their website for more info @ http://www.sweetheartscafe.com.au/aboutus.html.

    Venue: 2 Anzac Street (cnr Rosebed Street), Eudlo.

    FREE to attend so bring a friend and carpool! Hope to see you soon.

    By Anne Gibson

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