This is what I've learnt so far:
- Spring - warm days and cool nights, minimal pests, so a good time to get plants established
- Harvest silverbeet, mustard greens, spring onions and broccoli, herbs start regrowing
- Start planting seeds and seedlings for summer!
- Summer - hot and humid, slugs and powdery mildew are a problem, but if plants get established in Spring and are nice and strong they can survive and produce well
- Tomatoes, zucchinis, squash, silverbeet, corn, eggplant, beans, capsicum
- Autumn - still warm, but nights cooling off again, time to prepare for winter frosts and bring in the last of the summer harvest, time to plant winter crops including:
- peas, brasicas and root crops
- Winter - expect heavy frosts, nothing tender will survive to be eaten, put effort into silverbeet, brasicas and root crops, watch out for bandicoots!
I recently started a container orchard with a lemon and lime tree, can't wait to start harvesting my own citrus! I've also written a series of posts about herbs in my garden.
Here's a few posts you might find interesting:
- Organic Gardening in Australia (Jacqueline French) - I got a 1st ed (1986) from a market :)
- How does your garden grow? (Chris Breadshaw) - a UK book, but great info on how plants/soil grows