Down-under it’s time to sow seeds for fruits and flowers this week – Sunday 11th September 2016, + Monday + Thursday arvo + Friday [here in New Zealand]
In Auckland the weather has been milder than usual so I will sow seeds tomorrow and throughout the week of
- tomatoes [somewhere warm in seed trays – for us, that’s on the back patio, probably on the table – leaving a little space for us to put out a meal to eat there too!] I’ll sow a number of varieties so hopefully some will do well no matter what the weather does this year – hot/dry/cold/wet.
- pumpkins/squashes/zucchini [courgettes]
- peas and beans [I sow direct and put out snail bait or surround them with plastic cut-off bottles to protect from snails and slugs which love baby seedling legumes]
- Maybe chilies, peppers [capsicum] and eggplants [aubergine] in special little pots and tendered lovingly in the hope they will grow and fruit. Where we live often has cold southerly winds and this group like it hot! I make each a little ‘hot-house’ with a plastic bag over the pot and around the plants when I transplant them to the garden. Sometimes we get fruit.
- Flowers of all sorts.
I’ll wait to plant corn and melons as it is best sown directly in the ground – which is way too cold for heat-loving corn and melons yet.
This week the moon is growing towards full and the days of Sunday, Mon, Thurs, Fri are when many aspects line up to give optimum good germination for strong seedlings. Worth a try I think.