SOW DWARF AND CLIMBING BEANS
It doesn’t matter what type you favour, just make sure you’ve sown enough to provide a constant summer supply. Climbing ‘Scarlet Runner’ beans are true perennials, which means they come back year after year. If you prefer French green beans, sow annual ‘Blue Lake Runner’ now, or dwarf beans such as ‘Top Crop’ (sow dwarf beans every six weeks). Sow beans direct, in full sun, spacing 20-30cm apart. Keep well watered once they pod up; fast-growing beans are the most tender.
Plant catch crops
Cleome spinosa is one of the best plants for luring green shield beetles, aka green vege bugs or stink bugs, away from your beans, tomatoes and sweetcorn. Plant them in your vege patch or in a nearby border to keep them contained. Then pick off the bugs and dispose of them – or feed them to your chooks. The best
time to collect the bugs is first thing in the morning when they are sluggish. As cold-blooded insects, they need the heat of the sun in order to warm up enough to move quickly. Knock them into a jar or bucket of soapy water or stomp on them when they land on the ground. Wear shoes though – they are pretty stinky!
Sow root crops, like beetroot, carrots, radishes and turnips. The month starts in the middle of the Last Quarter phase. Vitality is low and there’s little to do, bar garden odd-jobs.. Gardening by the moon Last quarter Cultivate your soil and add...