This post is part of the Garden Share Collective (GSC), a group of gardeners from around the world who photograph and write about what they are growing each month. Each month the GSC has a theme and the theme for August is SEEDS.
As the days grow longer, the fruit trees start to blossom and the bees begin to buzz, my thoughts inevitably turn to seeds. Like most keen gardeners, I expect, I spend many happy hours poring through seed catalogues planning my summer garden.
While nurseries now stock greater varieties of heirloom seedlings than ever before, for large plantings and rare varieties, nothing beats seeds.
Here is a rough guide to what I grow from seeds and seedlings.
- Large seeds like pumpkins, beans, sweetcorn, melons, squash and zucchinis (either sown direct or in seedling trays)
- Leafy vegetables like lettuces, Asian greens, spinach, Swiss chard/silverbeet (either sown direct or in seedling trays)
- Root vegetables like carrots, beets, turnips, parsnips (sown direct)
I usually buy at least some capsicum, eggplant and tomato seedlings so that I can plant them out early, as soon as the ground is warm enough. These plants have a long growing season and here in Adelaide they need to be well-established before extreme temperatures hit.
I’m currently harvesting:
- lots of varieties of lettuce
- Asian greens
- purple podded peas
- spring onions
Around the spring equinox (mid-late September) I’ll plant out tomato, eggplant, capsicum and basil seedlings. I’ll also directly sow green bean, canteloupe and cucumber seeds.
- Fertilise all fruit trees with pelletised chicken manure
- Feed spent vegetable plants to the chooks
- Carefully plan my summer patch as I have less space this year
- Pull out weeds and feed them to the chooks