Come along to share seeds, plant material and surplus produce + process any seeds into our seed bank.
If you are growing strawberries, it's likely you'll notice the runners are ready for transplanting. Separate from the mother plant and bury under a thick layer of mulch.
Citrus leaf miner is common at this time of year so remember to remove the leaves and bin them, then treat with Eco-Oil.
Ants have been active with so much moisture in the soil. Check they are not supporting aphids that are attacking new growth. If so, hose off with a sharp spray.
After the rain we've had, many nutrients will likely have leached from your garden beds and pots so replenish minerals and slow release fertilisers + top up with mulch.
Caterpillars also can become a problem at this time of year. Hand picking early in the morning is one solution. Consider netting also. Start chilling your garlic bulbs ready for planting too.
If your comfrey, arrowroot and other support species are doubling in size like mine are, chop and drop these to build your soil or make comfrey tea to boost nutrients depleted from too much rain.
Here are some articles/resources to help you with Autumn planting:
- Green Harvest Autumn Notes - What to grow, how to manage seasonal pests and garden activities.
- Coping with Caterpillars Part 1 and Part 2. Help with pest caterpillars and Organic strategies for dealing with them.
- 5 Step Guide to Growing Gorgeous Garlic - Tutorial on how to grow garlic organically.
- Brisbane Insects - A fascinating website resource on insects in SEQ - very helpful for identifying who's in your backyard.
Current Moon Cycle
To maximise your harvests, consider planting by the moon cycles. We are currently in a period of prolific growth for above ground plants until 4th March so get planting with all that soil moisture!
If you're planning on sowing seeds, seedlings, transplanting, taking cuttings, fertilising or dividing plants - now's the time to do it! Try sowing crops like beetroot, climbing beans, capsicum, carrots, leeks, eggplant, chillis, mustard greens, lettuce, radish, pumpkin, parsley, zucchini and other early autumn vegies. You'll reap the rewards.
Learn more about the Benefits of Moon Gardening. Moon Calendars are available online any time for $12.50.
What to Plant in March
Check out these guides for more options for planting during Autumn:
This month's Seed Savers Meeting
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 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