Autumn down-under or spring up north!

Autumn down-under or spring up north!

We are really into Autumn here in New Zealand!

Or to Spring in the northern hemisphere – go for it now – sow lots!

It’s time we can sow seeds for optimum growth of fruits and flowers this week,

  • especially Tuesday 4th and Monday 10th April 2017

Before the full moon on Tuesday 11th April 2017.

Down-under, here in New Zealand, the ground is warm still and seeds germinate quickly. If you haven’t already planted these and have them growing strongly, another sowing can be good still.

We can still sow seeds throughout the week of

  • dwarf beans? Dwarf beans have a short season so still time for another batch here. I’ll plant ‘Prince’ dwarf beans now as they grow better as the weather cools down than other varieties.  [I sow direct and put out snail bait or surround them with plastic cut-off bottles to protect from snails and slugs which love baby seedling legumes].
  • Peas!  Snow peas, snap peas
    Also sweet peas
    [not edible I think, but so pretty and sweet smelling]! They like cooler weather so will crop better from now on.  Plant the seeds 3x diameter of the seed to keep them down where the soil will be moister than near the surface where they could still dry out.
  • Flowers – check requirements. Keep them moist. Now we can plant flowers which will over-winter – different types to spring planting.

 

Seedlings of broccoli, cauli, cabbage, kohl rabi, kale, and other brassicas can be transplanted out into the garden now.

  • We will hope the white butterflies are reduced in numbers and the predatory insects can keep the caterpillars from chewing the new baby seedlings!
  • Or cover them with insect mesh so the flying adults can’t get to the seedlings.
  • Or hide them amidst larger strong-smelling plants so the butterflies can’t find them.

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This week the moon is growing towards full and the days listed are when many aspects line up to give optimum good germination for strong seedlings. Worth a try I think.

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