Time to sow seeds

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE - WILL WATER­FORD

Owner of Caloun­dra Gar­den and Pet Sup­plies THE morn­ings are a bit cold, but the days are just lovely, so what do I plant in my veg­etable gar­den now?

This time of year is great for plant­ing such things as, beet­root, car­rots, cab­bages, broc­coli, English spinach, sil­ver­beet, pump­kin, parsnips, leeks, chilli, tat­soi, onions and gar­lic.

You can also plant toma­toes, eg­g­plants, cap­sicums, zuc­chini and radish.

These are just some of the amaz­ing veg­eta­bles you can use right now (I know, some of them are fruit).

I pre­fer to plant seeds at this time of year rather than pun­nets, as they grow stronger be­cause they ac­cli­ma­tise to their po­si­tion as they grow.

Pun­nets can be set back if they were kept in a pro­tected en­vi­ron­ment and then put out into the real world of cold early morn­ings.

Make sure that your veg­etable gar­den is ready for them, so have your soil nice and fluffy and well drained, with heaps of Soil Ac­ti­va­tor com­post, Veg­gie Mate rock min­er­als and slow re­lease chook ma­nure pel­lets such as Katek Su­per Growth.

Plant your seeds into their fi­nal po­si­tion and wa­ter in with a low ni­tro­gen seaweed so­lu­tion.

This way your seeds will have the best chance to give you the har­vest you are look­ing for.

When the plants have emerged, wa­ter the base of the plant. Wa­ter­ing the leaves will en­cour­age fungi such as pow­dery mildew.

All these plants need about 6-8 hours of sun­light and kept out of the wind es­pe­cially while they are young.

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DIG IN: Start plant­ing favourite veg­eta­bles. your

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