Things can be quieter in the garden at this time of year. Now the trees have gone dormant, the garden is looking a little bare. However, a gardener's job is never done. Here are some tips for this month in your garden.
1. Don't forget to water
Just because the weather is cooler doesn't mean you should not be watering your garden. In fact, brassicas are very thirsty and will gratefully enjoy anything you offer them. You can get away with watering less in winter because the frost and mildew does moisten the soil, and evapouration is less. But still water at least three times per week or every day in pots.
Just because plant growth is slower doesn't mean they don't need to eat. In fact, a reason they could be growing more slowly is because they don't have sufficient nutrients. Don't forget to keep up with Fish Fridays and Seaweed Saturdays. These are my fortnightly reminders to fertilise which I post on Facebook and Instagram. I encourage gardeners to alternate fortnightly between a fish emulsion and a seaweed tonic as they have fantastic benefits for plants. Maybe I should do a podcast episode on this?
3. Winter planting
Are you thinking of planting any fruit trees, rhubarb, asparagus or berries? Winter is the perfect time to be purchasing and planting these crops. This is because they do best planted when they are dormant in the winter months. You can purchase a great selection of varieties online. However, now is not the time to be planting citrus trees!
Don't forget to listen to my weekly podcasts. They are released every Chatty Tuesday and cover topics for both newbie gardeners and reminders for experienced ones. This month we will be discussing how to grow bountiful broccoli, colossal cabbages and crunchy celery. Subscribe so you never miss an episode. If you are listening on Apple Podcast, it would mean a lot to me if you reviewed by podcast with a 5 star rating.
5. Garden indoors
If it's too cold outside (I'm from North Queensland, I get it!) then you can still grow vegetables indoors. Currently we are growing microgreens, sprouts and lettuces on our kitchen bench. It's a great activity for kids on cold or rainy days and you will benefit from homegrown produce and your fingertips.