Seed sowing this week is best for below ground crops

Seed sowing this week is best for below ground crops

Good root crops of carrots, beetroot, parsnip, radish, etc.

The moon is appearing smaller in the sky as it moves past full on Wednesday 6th September 2017.

Best sowing days will be Thursday 7th and Sunday 10th, Monday 11th September 2017 [in Auckland, NZ] .

Spring has sprung and this is a great time to look at sowing seeds for the below-ground crops you enjoy. Here we will think about sowing carrots, daikon and beetroot [because these are the root crops our family eat mostly].

I use ‘Egmont Gold‘ carrots as they appear to be less troubled by carrot fly.

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We also love ‘Chiogga‘ beetroot. These are 2-tone globes with concentric circles of red and white – very pretty. They also taste sweeter than other beets – maybe they are a cross between original beetroot and sugar-beet?

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Daikon radish – a staple in curries and stir-fries for us.

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Our garlic crop went in last autumn and is growing away.

 

 

Will harvest it around the end of the year. It often is said to “plant garlic on the shortest day and harvest on the longest day”. We find it better here to give it longer so plant in autumn and it has good growth before slowing in the colder weather – when weeds can take over if the garlic is smaller.

Only issue we find planting earlier, is with garlic rust which saps the energy from the plant. Some years it takes over more than others and reduces size of bulbs. We give garlic air space around the plants and try for a breezy area. This seems to help. Also feed the ground well before planting, weed out competition and generally give them TLC are our strategies.

The garlic we planted in some beds which had nutrients added over many years is growing well, with no rust.
The garlic planted in a newer bed which has had less nutrients yet has rust.

Garlic planted in pots also shows rust.

There’s something valuable in the ‘feed it well and give it space’ idea.

For more about garlic, here’s a post I wrote.

 

May you and your garden flourish
Heather

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