My planting plan....

Monday, September 10, 2012

Spring is here in all it's beauty!!

I just love spring & even though I'm sure that this part of the world will have a few more flings with winter before it will settle into truely warmer days, just feeling the slightly warmer temperatures makes you ache to be outside in the beautiful sunlight ( unless of course we are experiencing the spring rains we desperately need).  Today was very hard to sit down & do school when outside is beckoning so strongly!

With gardening weather comes dreams of juicy, red, homegrown tomatoes, delicious, pickled beetroot & cruchy, golden corn ( should I have any success with my corn this year ~ but a girl can dream right??)  And it's time to get your hands dirty & begin planting those seeds into the ground.

A couple of weeks ago amongst the craziness of the end of lambing ( yes, it's officially finished), I sat down and planned my summer planting.  Yes, it was later than it should have been, but since I don't have a greenhouse ( I mean, I do call our shadehouse green, but that's because it's got green shadecloth, not because it functions as a true greenhouse ~ just to be confusing :) & since the weather was still very cool I figured that I wouldn't want to be too early in getting my seeds into the ground ~ we have frosts around here.   Of course the seeds that needed planting into punnets could have been planted a good fortnight earlier, but I figured what is a fornight in summer (at least I got to it while it was still August on the calender)???

Which leaves me to you ~ if you haven't begun your seeds yet, don't worry....most say to start in spring & although you can give them a jump start by starting in August (or even earlier depending where you live), you can still get away with planting in September & get a good crop before cooler days arrive again.

So here is my planting plan ~ we live inland NSW, so adjustments must be made for climate ( I am a big fan of the Diggers Club 'Sow what when' chart for Australian gardeners ~ it's also in their book Australian Fruit & Vegetable Garden which my sister brought for me for my birthday last year after I had checked out the library's copy about 10 times.  ~ She got it from Big W for cheaper than it was from Diggers, so search around a bit if you are hoping to purchase it!)
This year I am trying my hardest to get through my stock of seeds before they go out of date.  I had very few to purchase which I'm thankful for, but it does mean that I had to use the ones I had & am not trying any new kinds.
Note: I already have lettuce, spinach & onions in. Also my garden space is limited until I can harvest some garlic in December.

~Tomato 10 colour heirloom mix *
~Galapagos Tomato ( this was a free seed packet & I'm not sure if this is the best climate for them).
~Red Fig Tomato (these grew prolifically last year & we had them well into May)
~Amish Paste Tomato
~Beetroot heirloom mix *
~Silverbeet  ~ Yellow & Red Mix  I planted these last year & they have done so well over the year.  I know they last for two years, but I thought if I plant another row each year it will mean we should always have a supply at hand ( assuming a naughty cow doesn't open up her gate & come & eat them to the ground ~ they do grow again, it just takes a while :)
~ Garlic chives
~ Common chives
~Cauliflower ~ mini
~ Coneflower
Because it was so late in the month I also planted (usually I would plant early Sept, but it almost was :):
~ Chilli ~ hellfire mix*
~ Capsicum ~ Mini Sweet mix*
~Carrots ~ heirloom mix*
~ Radish

~Rhubarb~ Victoria
~ Sunflowers~Little Diggers
~ Basil ( these are from the many seeds I saved from last years' prolific basil harvest )
~ Stevia
~Corn ~ honey & cream
~ Corn ~Baby corn/ popcorn ( we are after the popcorn so will leave it to mature).
~ Carrots ~ heirloom mix *
~ Cucumbers ~ Spacemaster
~ Beans ~ lazy housewife ( some from seeds I saved & I need to use the rest of the packet as well)
~ Beans ~ stringless pioneer ( saved seeds from last years harvest)
~ Marigolds ( as pest control around garden beds)
~ Queen Anne lace ( I got a free packet & haven't planted them yet)
Note the bird netting ~ I need this to keep my free ranging chickens out!

By October we are frost free, so those more sensitive plants can go into the ground.
~ Rockmelon ~ Minnesota Mini  (Last year I had no success with these ~ shall see what this year holds)
~ Corn (as above) ~ successive plantings.
~ Carrots ( as above )~ successive plantings
~ Pumpkins~ Australian Heirloom Mix*
~Pumpkin ~ Qld blue ( seeds saved)
~ Peanuts~ Virginia  (I'm trialling these as I'm not sure this is the best climate to grow peanuts, we shall see)!

* Just a note about the mixes.  I have found that I am unable to identify the different types in the mixes.  Although for beetroot & carrots that's not a problem, for the others ( particularly tomato) I would love to know which kinds I was dealing with when I planted the seedlings out.  I won't be buying mixes again.

Well this is my plan ~ they say without a plan you won't succeed.  My hubby would laugh & say I'll kill half of the plants I put in plan or not, so we shall see :)  Each year I am slowly learning what not to do the hard way, but I'm enjoying it & gradually building up the amount of food we produce ourselves!!

What's your gardening looking like?

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