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These Vegetables are easily grown in Southland!

Spring

PLANTS:- lettuce, spring cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, spring onions. ( remember these plants can be grown from seed starting them off in pottles in winter)
SEEDS:- plant directly into prepared soil as per the packet instructions.
Silver beet, spinach, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, onions, peas, parsley, beetroot, herbs and after the frosts ( about mid Nov) runner beans, dwarf beans, tomatoes, pumpkins.

Summer

PLANTS :- ongoing plantings of lettuce, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli as well as planting leeks and brussel sprouts for winter eating.( all can be grown in pottles during spring)

Autumn

PLANTS:-Winter varieties of cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli, lettuces. ( seeds in pottles in summer)
SEEDS:- broad beans ( some say on Anzac day!).
Good time to plant berry bushes, rhubarb and strawberry runners.

Winter

PLANTS:- can keep up with lettuces under cloches but generally too cold for most veg.
SEEDS:- pottles of veg seeds ready to plant in spring.

For beginners with limited space, 6 never fail vegetables include:-

silver beet, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, lettuce and cabbage.

For Beginning Gardeners.

Enjoy getting started!
You can use minimum effort and set up a permaculture garden with NO digging OR you can dig a piece of ground over and plant in that.

Winter is a good time to think about what you are going to plan to plant, how big your area might be, and other choices such as plant in pots on the verandah, in a tunnel or glass house or even amongst the flowers. The BIGGEST decision is to START!

About Labour Weekend or earlier if there is a warmer spell and the ground has dried out, dig over the area you wish to plant. You may spread compost or some form of well decayed animal manure eg horse, sheep, cow and dig that in as extra compost and "oomph", to provide nutrients and to retain moisture during the drier periods.

As the weather warms eg after Labour Weekend, put the pottles of plants outside for a few colder times before planting ( to toughen them up), then plant in your dug over area. Alternatively you can buy the plants at the local garden shop- but this is more expensive obviously.

In the list above EITHER plant seeds directly into the ground as per the packet instructions, OR buy the plants all ready to plant- from the garden centre OR grow your own as suggested above.
For them to be big enough to plant out in the required season , the seeds need to be planted in the previous season eg if you want to plant them in summer, you need to start the seeds off in spring in pottles OR even in a warm corner of your garden soil.

HAPPY gardening! Remember we all need to start somewhere BUT it is SOOO rewarding and well worth the effort. GOOO for it!

Contributed by Jenny Campbell





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