What's happening in your garden this week?
Garden maintenance is important now.
Vegetables Not a true spinach, New Zealand spinach (Tetragonia expansa) is invaluable for gardens that dry out in late summer. Allow 60cm between each plant and sow in groups of two or...
• Vegetables As temperatures drop, weeds speed up their growth, producing seeds in a surprisingly short time. Remember the old saying, "One year's seeding, 10 years weeding", and...
Vegetables Not a true spinach, New Zealand spinach (Tetragonia expansa) is invaluable for gardens that dry out in late summer. Allow 60cm between each plant and sow in groups of two or three seeds, thinning later.
Vegetables Think ahead to spring and start improving heavy, clay-based soil by digging roughly, so different levels are exposed to winter frosts, winds, rain and sun. Raw manure can be added to break down during winter.
Vegetables Take advantage of fine spring days to sow vegetables.
Vegetables Onion seed sown this month will withstand the winter, then mature into good-sized bulbs for harvesting next summer.
This week's tips for your garden
Vegetables Potatoes for harvesting in December can be planted this month if the soil can be worked easily.
Vegetables Potatoes planted in August will be maturing and ready to eat for Christmas dinner. Dig them just before using, two days ahead at most, because the immature tubers do not store well. When left in the soil, they will continue growing and even a few extra weeks in the ground can produce a crop that is twice as heavy.
Vegetables Hedges can protect vegetable crops from wind damage but because they need regular clipping, busy gardeners may prefer to use wind cloth, manuka twigs or similar.
Vegetables By now, cooler areas may have had a touch of frost, but in all regions carrots, being cold-tolerant, can be left in the ground until August.
Potato crops can be harvested before the tops have died right away from the plants. In small gardens, digging early enables the area to be used for winter greens such as silver beet or spring cabbage, or for a green manure crop (oats, peas, lupins) to be sown.