We'll be chatting about:
- a variety of crops to plant now and how to prepare for them.
- rooting herbs from cuttings.
- the many uses for nasturtiums in a Permaculture kitchen garden.
|Tatsoi in flower - brings in the bees before the flower head produces seed.|
If you haven't already got your compost ready, now's the time to boost it! You will need plenty in the months of high growth ahead. You can use:
- fallen leaves
- prunings/solarised weeds
- grass clippings as you start to mow more often
- fireplace ash if you've got some
- kitchen scraps
- manure etc
If you have a worm farm, harvest some castings and use these to help get your compost active.
If you have some spare cuttings, seeds, surplus produce, questions or ideas to share please bring these along to our meeting.
Activities for September
The first grasshoppers may be appearing after overwintering, so consider exclusion netting if you want to keep your garden free of them.
Watch out for white cabbage butterflies (both large and small) that love the brassica family. They are still very active and lay eggs on the underside of leaves. Do a regular check before they hatch and do too much damage.
Fruit fly baits should be out early to minimise damage to susceptible crops.
Remember to deep water your vegetables and keep well mulched, as it's usually dry this month.
|Sugar cane, lucerne and grassy hay are all good mulches|
Plant some herbs like dill, rocket, coriander and basil as companion plants. Allow them to flower, rather than just harvesting for leaves. The bees and beneficial insects will love you for it. They help bring in predator insects to keep pest insects in balance in the months ahead.
Get some trellises ready for climbers like beans, tomatoes and cucumber.
Shade structures will be important very soon so think about what solutions you have on hand.
What to Plant in September
Check out these guides for tips and planting guides:
This month's Seed Savers Meeting
So as a courtesy please remember to at the very least order a tea/coffee or a yummy meal, to support the cafe. They have a delicious local and 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