As the weather finally cools down a little bit and with the beginning of March we enter into Autumn, its a great time to revamp a garden or garden bed that may have got a bit fried over Summer! We can start to plant out a number of crops at this time of year, as well as get some seedlings going on a window-sill or some of the more delicate plants such as lettuces growing under some shade.
Into The Lost Plot, we'll soon be planting beetroot, carrots, leafy greens (kale, lettuce, silverbeet, spinach), peas, broccoli, cauliflower, onions and garlic. And perhaps some other roots like parsnips and turnips.
It's definitely a time of abundance in the garden. We still have crops of sweet potatoes and pumpkins, a variety of melons, okra, Jerusalem artichokes, peanuts and abundant basil and chives, to name a few! If you haven't been to a working bee for a while, or even just a stroll through the garden, its a great time to do so.
A note on the pumpkins and melons... Even though they might look like they are ready to go, we don't harvest them until their stems dry out and start to die off. Picked too soon, they'll be a bit green inside and nowhere near as sweet as they could be. The peanuts also still need another month or two. We must be patient!
Working bee times are still Thursday and Saturday mornings from 8am-11am. There will be lots of soil-preparation and planting happening over the next month, so we'd love your help!! There will be jobs suitable for all ages and abilities in the garden.
For a more complete list of what can be planted at this time of year, you could also have a look at the link below.