Sow seeds for leafy greens next week,
especially Sunday 25th June and early morning of Monday 26th June [here in New Zealand]
After the new moon on Saturday 24th June 2017.
And we are after the solstice too so new beginnings call us.
In Auckland the cold weather has set in and plants in the open ground are only growing slowly, if at all.
I still can’t resist planting, its such an optimistic effort, even at this colder time of the year. I plant seedlings rather than seeds now. Then cover them with a plastic tunnel to warm the ground and protect the delicate seedlings from the cold winter winds.
The seeds sown in autumn of silver-beet, red-stemmed beets, parsley and rocket which are beside the covered bed are green, vibrant and able to withstand winter now. They will feed us through until spring.
This is a time to harvest what was sown earlier in the year:
- Lettuce – a number of varieties mature in cooler weather – which they like.
- Endive – we like the ‘tres fine maraichere‘ variety with its fine frilly abundant leaves – and is tasty rather than bitter for a long time – and forms a lovely ground cover if planted close together
- Silver-beet and ‘bright lights beets’ [with beautiful colored stems – red, pink, yellow – sometimes they simply glow with color]
- Giant Red Mustard is nice when young, gets hotter as it ages. [More info] It can grow as tall as me and leaves can grow up to about 50 cm [2 ft]!
- Radicchio is tender and sweet to eat in cooler months so we enjoy them now
- Asian greens – such quick growers! Must remember to keep an eye on them or they bolt to seed before we get to eat them.
From now on we can plan for Spring planting, enjoy seed catalogs and organize our gardens to be ready when the weather and soil warm up.