Monday, July 21, 2014

What to plant in mid-winter

It may not feel that much like gardening weather, more like sitting-inside-flicking-through-gardening-books weather. But if you look closely at gardens in Coburg and Brunswick right now, you'll see bulbs breaking ground, citrus trees going gangbusters, and magnolias in their full glory. It's not so gloomy in the winter garden, after all, is it?

So we have good news and bad news. The good news is that now is the best time to get your spring and summer veggies started. The bad news is that this involves leaving the couch and the heater. But we promise you'll warm up once you get going.

Here are a few things you can sow or plant right now:
  • Bok choy
  • Beetroot
  • Broad beans
  • Chicory 
  • Endive
  • Kale (try the curly Russian kale)
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Mizuna
  • Mustard greens
  • Onions
  • Pak choy 
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Rocket
  • Shallots
  • Silverbeet or ruby/rainbow chard
  • Tatsoi.
Happy little bok choy seedlings

You can also divide up and replant perennial herbs, plant tubers of Jerusalem artichokes (we dug up millions at the Permablitz the other weekend - such a good value crop), crowns of asparagus and rhubarb, and you'll find strawberry runners and seed potatoes in the nurseries now. 

Right then. Gloves on, beanie clamped firmly to head, and off you go.