WHAT TO HARVEST
Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Beetroot, Broccoli, Lychees, Paw paw, Peaches, Rhubarb, Tomatoes
PLANT OF THE MONTH
Botanical name: Ranunculaceae
Colour: Beautiful Blues
Delphiniums are sought after and planted for their blue flowers, which are rare to find in other plants. These beautiful blues can come in a variety of shades and forms. Most delphiniums are in the blue and purple range, but they can also be found in pinks and reds. There are some stunning coral-coloured varieties, and even some rare ones in yellow. Delphinium have attractive foliage with palm-shaped leaves like a fern. Plant delphiniums in humus-rich, organic soils. Delphiniums don’t handle drought well, so it is important to keep the plants consistently moist but be sure that the soil has proper drainage. Ideally, delphiniums should be planted in full sun for the best blooms and sturdiest stems. In too much shade, especially in humid climates, foliage fungus issues can arise. Sit back and enjoy these beautiful flowers in summer.
NEWS FROM THE FARM
Clumping bamboo belongs to the giant grass family with over 1000 species and are harvested for its shoots or used in orchards as a wind break.
Particularly through the warm summer months they are hungry for Nitrogen as they are the fastest woody growing plants in the planet.
Large bamboo farms/nurseries and orchards are using Organic Booster and Organic Xtra as they deliver up to 45 units of plant available N per hectare.
Unlike the urea and ammonium based chemical fertilizers, nutrient release is slow and progressive and there is only a minimal atmospheric loss of Nitrogen.
WHAT TO PLANT – herbs
SUB TROPICAL Chives, Parsley, Oregano, Marjoram
COOL/TEMPERATE Chives, Oregano, Marjoram, Parsley, Fennel.
GARDEN BUG FACTS
It’s easy to fill your garden with a fluttering rainbow. Every butterfly passes through four distinct life stages. Adding flowers like zinnias, cosmos, coneflowers, daisies, to your garden supplies food for nectar seeking adults & host plants for egg laying.
Use low-growing groundcovers such as clovers and grasses to provide sunning spots for adults to warm themselves. Walls, hedges, and similar windbreaks create protected spots that butterflies will appreciate. Adding a source of water is as essential for attracting butterflies as it is for birds.
Creating a “mudhole”- a shallow, permanent puddle – offers butterflies both water and minerals from the mud. Or make a butterfly “bath” from the basin of a birdbath (without the stand) or a plate or shallow bowl placed directly on the ground. Fill it with pebbles to give the butterflies good perching spots, then add water. Butterflies will come flocking!
VEGGIE PATCH TIPS
Microgreens are simply greens, lettuces, and herbs that are harvested when they are quite young – generally when they are approximately an inch tall. You can grow pretty much any lettuce, salad green, or herb as a microgreen.
You can look for specific microgreen mixes, or simply choose a mesclun mix to grow as microgreens. Microgreens are very easy to grow. You can grow them outside, in a garden bed or in containers, or inside on a sunny windowsill. The best time to harvest microgreens is when they’ve developed their first set of true leaves (the first ones are seed leaves, and don’t look anything like the actual leaves of the plant), which is generally about ten days to two weeks after planting. To harvest, simply snip the microgreens just above soil level.
You can add them to salads, sandwiches, or stir-fries. They may be tiny, but microgreens like red cabbage, cilantro, and radish contain up to 40 times higher levels of vital nutrients than their mature counterparts and it’s much cheaper to grow your own!