Stop planting, it’s Winter.

Stop-planting-winterSo 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!


  1. Ricki says

    Hi Tash,
    Loving your blog, thank you so much for all your information, stories and suggestions. Absolute gold.
    Can you please let me know what trace nutrients you’re using for your fruit trees and what you’re spraying your stone fruit trees with? We’re trying to be as organic as possible on our new farm – this is our first winter here. Last summer our apricot and plum trees performed very poorly and I’d like to try to improve this for next year if possible. Grateful for any advice!
    Many thanks, Ricki.

    • natasha says

      Hi Ricki, the trace nutrients pack I use is a powder from the local nursery – it’s mixed into a watering can and added once a season – I like the easy solutions! I spray for leaf curl which mainly affects my peach and nectarine trees. I alternate each year, this year I have a copper spray, last your I used a lime sulphur spray. I hope that helps. If you are looking for some more detailed advice for fruit tree management, check out Mt Alexander Fruit Gardens

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