A week to grow below-ground crops

A week to grow below-ground crops

Here in Auckland, New Zealand, the outside ground is warm and germination will be fast. Keeping ground moist for tiny seedlings is the issue at this time of year.  And the weather has been HOT! We will wait until autumn to sow seed rather than have to sort out automatic irrigation at this time of year [or hand-hose frequently each day!]

Also, frequent hot days can be enough to send tiny seedlings to bypass forming a root and make seeds instead.

If you can keep soil moist and cool, the good times to sow root crops are:

  • Sunday 4th February to Wednesday 7th February 2018.

after the full moon on Thursday 1st February 2018. [Here in New Zealand]

Some root crops can be transplanted, for example we’ve had success doing so with beetroot. Many others bolt straight to seed without forming nice big roots.

With carrots, we have only had success when sown directly into the open ground of warm soil with constant moisture.

We focus more on caring for crops already growing.

Best wishes for your garden at this time
Cheers
Heather

 

 

 

A week to grow below-ground crops

A week to grow below-ground crops

Welcome to 2018 everyone!

 

Here in Auckland, New Zealand, the outside ground is warm and germination will be fast. Keeping ground moist for tiny seedlings is the issue at this time of year. We wait until autumn to sow seed rather than have to sort out automatic irrigation at this time of year [or hand-hose frequently each day!]

Also, frequent hot days can be enough to send tiny seedlings to bypass forming a root and make seeds instead.

If you can keep soil moist, these are good times to sow root crops:

  • Wednesday 3rd January and Monday 8th January 2018.

after the full moon on Tuesday 2nd January 2018. [Here in New Zealand]

Some root crops can be transplanted, for example we’ve had success doing so with beetroot. Many others bolt straight to seed without forming nice big roots.

With carrots, we have only had success when sown directly into the open ground of warm soil with constant moisture.

We focus more on caring for crops already growing.

Best wishes for your garden at this time
Cheers
Heather

 

 

 

A week to grow below-ground crops

A week to grow below-ground crops

Here in Auckland, New Zealand, the outside ground is cold and germination will be slow, if at all, before seed is eaten by beasties. We wait until the soil warms up to sow seed outside. Or get inventive and creative to make warm spots.

If you have a hot-house, tunnel-house, or conservatory then these are good times to sow root crops:

  • Wednesday 9th August through to Friday 11th August 2017, then again on Monday 14th August 2017.

after the full moon on Tuesday 8th August 2017. [Here in New Zealand]

Some root crops can be transplanted, for example we’ve had success doing so with beetroot. Many others bolt straight to seed without forming nice big roots.

With carrots, we have only had success when sown directly into the open ground of warm soil. They will wait a while yet.

 

 

 

 

A week to grow below-ground crops

Here in New Zealand, the outside ground has cooled down and germination will be slow, if at all, before seed is eaten by beasties. We wait until the soil warms up to sow seed outside.

If you have a hot-house or tunnel-house, or conservatory then these are good times to sow root crops:

  • Sunday 11th June through to Tuesday 13th morning June 2017, then again from Friday 16th to Saturday 17th June.

after the full moon on Friday 9th June.

 

 

 

 

 

Down-under, a week to grow below-ground crops

Down-under, a week to grow below-ground crops

Recommended best days for planting seeds to grow great root crops are

  • Thursday 17th – Saturday 19th November

Often planting charts talk generally of sowing these seeds during the week after the full moon on 15th October, as it appears to get smaller.

 

Root crops now could include carrots, beetroot, radish, parsnip and similar.

carrot-and-daikon-roots

 

 

Daikon radish is a favorite here. The white roots are sweet when small, and the green leaves can be cooked, added to soup/stir fry/etc.

We use the white roots mostly – in curies or stir fries.

 

Parsnip

I leave some go to seed – which scatter around the garden by themselves.

Parsnip seed is best planted fresh [< 1 year old], or germination rates are often very low . So letting the plants sow their own fresh seed is an easy way to keep the supply going.

At present the tiny seedlings are popping up all over – in garden beds, paths, lawns. At least they are easy to remove when tiny  when they really grow somewhere we don’t want them. Although, I do tend to leave them in odd places.

Parsnip seedlings don’t like root disturbance so I don’t try to transplant them much. They so easily go from tiny seedling to making seeds without forming a root. We have plenty!

The roots form in autumn-winter and are sweeter after a frost.

We grow parsnip also for its flowers – the clusters of tiny flowers are loved by bees and predatory insects. So we gain great helpers in our garden by leaving some parsnip flower and seed – a real win-win.