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Session Notes: Planning your Autumn Garden

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© Maria Ciavarella, My Green Garden
www.mygreengarden.com.au

Garden bed preparation

If you already had veggies growing over summer, they may not be ready to come out in order to put the new season’s growth in. No matter – there is still plenty to do. You can start the winter veggies as seeds ready to plant out as seedlings when your summer crops are finished. Once you have removed the summer veggies, add some more organic matter to the soil in the form of composts and manures and a good dose of an organic fertiliser, such as blood and bone or Dynamic Lifter. Water it all in well and then wait for a couple of weeks for the soil to settle.
If you are planting in pots, choose veggie varieties suitable for container growing and buy the best quality potting mix you can afford. Plants will struggle in cheap potting mixes. Keep the pots watered well and in a position where they receive at least 5-6 hours of direct sunlight a day.

Easy winter crops to plant now

Plant FamilyEasy GrowSoil PreparationPest ProblemsOn-going Care
BrassicaBroccoli
Cabbage
Kale
Asian Greens
Compost and/or cow manure or mushroom compost. Organic fertiliserSnails, Cabbage
White Moths, Earwigs
Feed with liquid organic fertiliser every two weeks
HerbsCoriander
Parsley
Dill
Compost and/or cow manure or mushroom
compost. Organic fertiliser
SnailsFeed with liquid organic fertiliser every two weeks
Leafy VegetablesLettuces
Silverbeet
Spinach
Rocket
Compost and/or cow manure or mushroom compost. Organic fertiliserSnailsFeed with liquid organic fertiliser every two weeks
AlliumsGarlic
Spring Onions
Salad Onions
Shallots
Compost and/or cow manure or mushroom compost.Black aphidsPlant in a well-drained bed. Be patient! Garlic and shallots may take up to 8-10 month to mature.
LegumesBroad Beans
Snow Peas
Snails when
Compost and/or cow manure or mushroom compost. Organic fertiliser. Add lime before planting.
Snails when
plants are small.
Provide stakes or trellis for tall growing varieties
Root VegetablesCarrots
Radishes
Beetroot
Compost and/or cow manure or mushroom compost.Plant by April before the soil cools down. Do not fertilise while growing.