Of pumpkins/squash, fruits, seeds and flowers for next week seed planting

Of pumpkins/squash, fruits, seeds and flowers for next week seed planting

If we want to harvest fruits [and veg] in future, it’s a week to plant some seeds for above-ground fruits, flowers, seeds.

Best days are Friday 29th – Saturday 30th December 2017 [here in New Zealand – or GMT +13]

Before the full moon on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Down-under we are in summer. Here in Auckland, NZ, the weather is warm so seeds germinate quickly [when kept moist]. It has been dry, with ‘showers’ rather than soaking rain so seeds and seedlings need watchful attention to maintain soil moisture levels so they grow well.

For those of you in northern parts where it is cold, either sow indoors in pots/trays [a glass-house is wonderful for extending the season]

Pumpkins/squashes/zucchini [courgettes] 

We have a sequence to provide these over a longer time span:

Still a good time to plant 1-2 ‘Zorro’ zucchinis into a rich, protected garden bed when the soil is warm. These are amazingly hardy and prolific [and they are bushes rather than rampant vines].

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Zucchini plant growing strongly

Cucumbers – the first 2 lots we planted are growing well. The ‘homemade pickle’ has provided 2 jars of gherkins already.  Much earlier than last year. The Lebanese varieties are getting bigger!

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Beans [I sow direct and protect from snails and slugs] We will plant more climbing ‘Emu’ beans. [PS -As the young beans appear with their first leaves is a great indicator to me to plant the next generation seeds for a continuous supply.]

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Tomatoes [also heat-lovers]. Getting a bit late so maybe plant seedlings. The cherry tomatoes we planted in spring are fruiting. Other varieties we planted late October are growing and some have fruit – there’s hope for them yet, even through there has only been 4 ml rain in December! I wonder what will grow best this season? For more on our tomato experiments, go here and here.

cherry tomatoes harvest!
cherry tomatoes harvest!

 

If you want chilies, capsicum peppers or eggplants [aubergines], plant seedlings rather than seeds. They need heat and a long growing season to fruit well.

 

Corn!  Plant into really rich ground. Early Gem and Bantam have grown well here in the past so we’ll see this year. They like lots of water, and our small tanks are nearly empty – we’ll have to use mains water instead soon.

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Raised bed growing prolific corn, beans, pumpkins!

Flowers. More flowers. Just because…

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Seeds – Amaranth, Chia, Quinoa, and whatever you like to experiment with. Chia grew well here last year.

 

Hopefully some of what we plant now will do well so we will have a harvest no matter what the weather does – hot/dry/cold/wet.

May your food garden flourish!

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