WHAT TO HARVEST
Bananas, Bean Sprouts, Broccoli, Fennel, Grapefruit, Kiwi Fruit, Lemons, Mandarins, Silverbeet, Starfruit
PLANT OF THE MONTH
Botanical name: Primula malacoides
Colour: White, Pink, Lavender and Magenta
The Fairy Primrose is a beautiful winter flower. Clusters of soft, lacy flowers grow to 30cms and bloom in white, pink, lavender and magenta and only last one season. Plant them in pots for the house and garden to liven up bare spaces in winter. But be wary, whilst this plant is a fairy by name and soft by nature, it is capable of producing a toxic reaction if eaten, or a skin allergy when touched, earning it the nickname “poison primrose”.
NEWS FROM THE FARM
WHAT TO PLANT
Tropical – beetroot, french beans, garlic, kohl rabi, leeks, lettuce, squash, spring onion, tomato, turnip
Sub Tropical – beetroot, broad beans, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, capsicum, collards, kale, lettuce, radish, shallots, sweet potato.
Cool/Temperate – broad beans, beetroot, carrot, cauliflower, kohl rabi, lettuce, mustard greens, onion, parsnip, peas, turnip.
Winter is the perfect time to prepare and condition soil.
Dig in compost and Organic Xtra, turn it over and consider all of the wonderful vegetables and flowers you can grow. June is also the time to prepare plants for winter shock.
Even in balmy coastal areas, it can become bitterly cold so take precautions. Spread a generous amount of Organic Xtra directly onto the soil around the drip line of all plants, then top with a thick layer of mulch, both from your compost heap and from newly fallen leaves to prevent surface roots drying out.
Any winter rain will break down mulch and organic fertilisers and feed roots and enrich your soil in preparation for Spring.
PROGRESS IN YOUR VEGGIE PATCH
Remember that diversity is the key to a patch.
Try planting several vegetable and fruit crops and interplanting them with lots of beneficial herbs and flowering plants. The best thing about companion planting is that it increases the biodiversity of your patch; that is, the variety of life forms in your garden.
So, what is companion planting? Essentially, it’s a method of growing plants together, with the idea that they will assist each other in some way, like deterring pests, improving growth, enhancing flavour, attracting beneficial insects, fixing nitrogen, disrupting “patterns” and trap cropping.