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Planting Calendar

Friday, May 22, 2009

November in your garden

Plant herbs and summer supplies. Some seeds can be sown directly into the garden e.g. beans, peas, pumpkin, courgettes, carrots, beetroot, parsnip, radish and sweetcorn. Sow others in trays e.g. lettuce, cabbage, eggplant, leeks, spring onions. For continuous harvesting sow at 3 weekly intervals.

Feed your plants regularly with a good organic fertiliser. Hoe regularly to keep the weeds at bay. Mulch your flower beds to conserve moisture, and keep pests away from roses and other shrubs. If you have already had blooms of roses and other flowering shrubs, prune the blooms away once they have finished flowering.

Apple trees may be under attack from codling moth. Put codling moth traps in your apple trees (one trap for every four trees) to prevent larvae entering the fruit. Watch out for the white butterfly in the vegetable patch.

Fruit trees should be well mulched to conserve water. Cut off emerging suckers from berry plants to minimise energy waste. Net your plants to protect them from birds, and watch out for fungal infections ona ll fruit trees and strawberry plants.

Watch out for root rot. It flourishes if a warm spring and summer come after a wet winter. Clip evergreen hedges.

Beetroot, broccoli, cabbage cucumber, beans, kohl rabi, radish, squash.

Warmer areas: Plant or sow basil, cabbage, capsicum, carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, lettuce, kumara, melons, onions, parsnips, pumpkin, squash, spring onions, radish, silver beet, swede, tomato, turnip, sweet corn and zucchini.

Cooler areas: Sow seeds or plant seedlings of basil, bok choy,capsicum, florence fennel, dwarf and climbing beans, corn salad, broccoli, burssels sprouts, silverbeet, cabbage, carrot, celery, chicory, cucumber, leeks, lettuce, cauliflower, parsnip, peas and tomatoes.

Sow and plant: Alyssum, Ageratum, Asters, Begonia, Candytuft, Carnation, Celosia, Cosmos, Cornflower, Dahlia, Dianthus, Delphinium, Forget-me-not, Gazania, Impatiens, Larkspur, Linaria, Linum, Lobelia, Lupin, Marigold, Nemesia, Petunia, Phlox, Poppies, Portulaca, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Snapdragon, Statice, Strawflower, Sunflower,Sweetpeas, Sweet william, Verbena, Violas, Viscaria and Zinnias. Cannas, hippeastrum, poppies can be planted now. Gladiolus corm and Dahlia tubers can be planted for summer flowering.

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