Its time to prepare our seedlings for the growing season ahead. It will no doubt be unpredictable with late frosts and maybe hail… but getting the timing right is crucial, as most crops take around 2-3months to harvest and some summer crops can take up to 4 months, so get them in early to give them the best chanc,. and shop for early season varieties to get the most out of our short growing season.
Its time to think about; Artichoke, Asparagus, Broad Bean, Beetroot, Cabbage, Capsicum, Carrot, Chilli, Eggplant, Leek, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Onion, Parsnip, Radish, Rhubarb, Endive, Shallots, Silverbeet, Swede, Tomato, Turnip, Watermelon
But only if your micro climate shows that its time. Check the soil temp in all the available beds around your yard, to discover which one is the first to warm up. Thats where youll grow your long haul summer crops to give them the most time in the warm soil. Things like tomato, chilli, pumpkin, watermelon and eggplant.
If youve ever had trouble striking seeds or starting spring vegetables its possibly the soil temp wasn’t warm enough to strike the seeds, before the ants and birds made off with them.
Big Seeds are good to strike directly in the garden after a 24 or 48hr soak. Swapping for fresh water every 12 hrs.
Smaller seeds are best brought to life in a controlled environment away from the ants. Small pots, milk cartons, coffee cups etc will work well but need to be monitored and watered frequently for best success. We recommend a larger container like a foam box or and old esky.
This way the soil holds optimum mositure for longer and is kept at a more stable temperature, more condusive to striking seeds as per our temp guide.
We have always been advocates for early planting of tomatoes in order to get a feast for xmas break. Over the past decade the planting days for our tomatoes has moved from the traditional Melbourne Cup day to Fathers day!
This is solely based on paying attention the soil temp in our microclimate. This has made it a lot easier to produce tomatoes before the first frost of autumn ruins the crop, without the need for glasshouse or protection, save for the occasional cardboard box over seedlings in the garden if there is risk of a frost.
So pay attention to your soil temp and plan your garden for a season set for bumper crops from all the winter and still to come spring rains.
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