So here’s a concept for you. I was reading the CERES Fair Food newsletter and came across a comment from one of their local farmers that said something along the lines of ‘Don’t plant in the winter months starting with J.’ So June and July are out for planting anything new in the garden. His rational was that anything planted in these months would be superseeded by anything planted in August. After experimenting with overwintering tomatoes that self seeded last year (and didn’t do any better than seedlings started in August), I can definitely see his point. That shouldn’t stop you planting as you like, but it might have a ring of truth.
Regular readers of my blog will know that I’m not that keen to spend a huge amount of time during winter in the garden, but when I do here’s what I focus on (just in case you cast aside your planting to focus on other garden tasks) –
- feeding the fruit tress (trace nutrients)
- spraying the stone fruit tress (for leaf curl)
- adding manure and mulch to the vegie patch
- attending to the chooks & collecting eggs
- giving the vegies and trees a boost with Powerfeed and Seasol
- winter pruning/tidying of fruit trees
- ordering and planting bare-rooted fruit trees
- moving/lifting/dividing the dormant plants – strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries
- weeding…and more weeding
- making plans for spring
A winter well spent to prepare for Spring!