Time to prepare for planting your Garlic.
The four elements required to get started: good seed, the right soil, water and sun.
If you have managed to keep some garlic gloves from last years crop, well done, if not, the best place I find, is your local weekend Market. Only select the biggest, fattest outside cloves. Work some Fodda Soil Enhancer into your soil to give the cloves the best start. Make sure your plants get plenty of water when the soil is at its warmest (late spring until harvest) and sunshine is imperative. Sow your garlic in rows 15cm apart, push them in at least 5cm deep or finger depth. Make sure to mark the area as it takes a while for the shoots to appear and sometimes, as I have found out, you forget where they are planted.
Love having my own garlic to use. Don’t store your garlic in the fridge. It needs a dry well-ventilated atmosphere to remain fresh.
Huckleberry Farms in Auckland now stock our Fodda General Fertiliser.
The Huckleberry stores provide quality, nourishing organic products for anyone interested in health and wellbeing through nutrition.
Call in and pick up a bag, great time to sprinkle Fodda around your citrus trees, they will love you for it.
See link below for store locations
We are very pleased to have our Untreated, NZ Pine, Seedling Trays available again.
We are excited to have our popular Untreated, NZ Pine, Seedling Trays available again on our website.
Fill them with plants that attract Bees.
Good candidates for initial seed saving are self-pollinated annuals such as beans, lettuce, peas and tomatoes.
When selecting plants to save seed from, choose those that are vigorous, disease free and outstanding in qualities you wish to encourage, such as the earliest fruit or the best cold or heat tolerance. Mark your chosen plant with a stake so you won’t forget and harvest them by mistake. By propagating only the best plants each year, you’ll gradually develop crop strains that are uniquely adapted to your garden.
There are many great articles online that will show you the important steps of how to dry and store your seeds.
This is an interesting article to get you started:
Must admit I haven’t tried this yet but definitely on my to-do list this Spring.
Will need: 1) One-ply toilet paper 2) ruler 3) old newspaper 4) seeds of your choice 5) tweezers 6) homemade glue from water and flour or cornflour, mixed to a glue like consistency (try mixing one part flour to one part water) 7) pen 8) masking tape.
• Lay out the old newspaper to protect your surface.
• Use a strip of toilet paper the length you’d like to use. They say around 60cm is an okay length.
• Write the name of the seeds you are using on the end of the strip.
• Lay the ruler beside the strip.
• Read the back of your seed packet and determine the recommended distance between each seed. Mark the spacing with an X.
• Place a dot of glue on top of each X (you can use a toothpick to do this).
• Place a seed on each dot of glue. Use tweezers, if necessary for tiny seeds like carrots.
• Fold the tissue in half onto itself.
• Let dry. Then roll up, tape once rolled and write the name of seeds on tape.
• Store in a dry place until ready to plant.
Great project for a rainy day.
When it’s time to plant your seeds, prepare your beds, smoothing the lumps out. Dig shallow furrows and unroll your seed tapes into them. Cover them with the amount of fine soil recommended on the back of the packet. Water gently and keep the areas moist until your seedlings appear. They will be straight and evenly placed. (That will be a welcome surprise in my garden!!).
This way there is no thinning, which is definitely not my favorite job in the garden.
“When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited.” by Krishna, Rama
Some facts to help attract Bees to your garden:
Bees prefer plants that produce a flower with a single row of petals, which make landing and retrieving nectar much easier.
Blue, purple, white and yellow-flowering plants are their favorites.
Bees need a reliable supply of water throughout Spring, Summer and Autumn. They use water to cool their hives and dilute the honey they feed to their larvae. Provide a shallow pond in your garden where bees can land on the margins to collect water. Place rocks or grow water lilies in deeper water to provide bees with a safe landing platform.
The most serious danger to foraging honeybees is the indiscriminate use of pesticides and other chemicals in the garden. This is just another reason to be organic and spray free.
Visit the great new Bee Friendly site:
Just love fresh herbs in Spring and Summer, here are a few very basic tips for 7 popular herbs. Feed your herbs with Fodda General Fertiliser every couple of weeks to ensure extra strong and healthy goodness.
Parsley is used in large quantities. So it needs plenty of feeding and regular watering to produce lush green leaves. If it gets too dry it will go to seed. Remove the outside leaves to encourage growth from the centre.
Coriander. Not the easiest herb to grow. Don’t buy seedlings. Coriander doesn’t like being moved, so sow seeds where you want them to grow. Keep the seeds covered until shoots appear in 10 to 14 days. For a lush crop, sow the seeds thickly in a container and help them along with fortnightly doses of Fodda. If you make sure the plants have enough water and harvest the leaves regularly, you’ll have plenty of coriander for weeks.
Mint grows best in moist rich soil in partial shade. Its underground runners can spread throughout the garden – so keep it contained in a plastic pot (30cm diameter) sunk into the ground. Cut the bottom off the pot first. Over time, the stems will head for the edges and leave the center bare. So dig up the pot every 2-3 years and replant young rooted sections of stem.
Oregano. It’s a spreading plant – so allow it a space about 30cm in diameter and trim it regularly to keep it bushy and encourage new growth. Dig up the plant in spring, divide it and replant a shoot that has good rootlets.
Thyme. The best varieties for cooking are common thyme, lemon thyme, caraway thyme and pizza thyme. In winter trim the bush back by about two-thirds.
Rosemary is a good choice for pots or tubs – don’t let it dry out, though. Picking out the tips will keep young plants bushy. Cut older bushes back to half that year’s growth at the end of summer. The trailing varieties are attractive but the upright types of rosemary are best for cooking.
Basil. You can raise basil from seed but it’s easier and quicker to buy a punnet of seedlings. Basil needs warmth and regular watering. It can be tricky to grow in colder areas but will flourish in a pot in a sunny spot on your kitchen bench – you can raise 6 or more plants in a small pot. If you feed and water them regularly you’ll have enough for an occasional batch of pesto. Basil in pots should be watered from the bottom – sit the container in a deep dish to create a shallow water bath. To encourage bushy growth, keep pinching out the growing tips.
Do you have space next to the parking lot – why not turn it into a Workplace Vegetable Garden.