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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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Autumn Planting in the Subtropics

The next 'Seedy Sunday' will be on 1 March from 10.30am - 12.00nn.

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:

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.

Beginners, people new to the area and long distance visitors are all welcome.

What to Plant in March

Check out these guides for more options for planting during Autumn:

  • Gardenate - Subtropical zone.
  • ABC Vegie Gardening Guide.
  • Aussie Organic Gardening.

  • 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 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

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