Spring: September In The Garden – Chasing Crusoe.

Spring – September

North Island New Zealand

Temperate With Frosts

First month of Spring! Probably thee most anticipated time of the year for gardeners. A time when all your dreaming and planning can come to fruition now that the soils are warming & the sun is shining.

This year my gardening areas have grown with the addition of another big garden bed and a greenhouse that we have saved for, for a long time.

I had fun planning my gardens. Not only to be sure that everything could be fitted in, but with consideration of 6 factors: companion planting, rotating, spacing, shade of other plants, sun and wind. Read more about it here.

To plant this month…

Beetroot, blueberries, broccoli, citrus trees (grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, tangelo), feijoa trees, lettuce, parsley, peas, potatoes, radishes, silverbeet, spinach…

My top 5 in the garden for September are…

1)Beetroot.

Beetroot are easily grown in healthy free draining soil in a nice sunny spot. Now is a perfect time of year to plant some.

The leaves are edible so while you are waiting for the beetroots to bulk up, they are a great addition to salads. Grated beetroot is delicious in salads and we enjoy juicing whole beetroots as well.

2)Blueberries.

It’s a perfect time of year to plant blueberries! The first spring/summer, the fruiting will be minimal, but give them time and a blueberry plant will pay its’ way rewarding you with lots of fruit.

Blueberry plants have quite shallow roots so are perfect for planting in pots. They like a slightly acidic soil and not too much compost/manure. They like sunny, free draining soil. Remember to net your plants so that the birds don’t get to your fruit before you!

There are so many different varieties of blueberries with harvests arriving at slightly different months, so pop to Mitre 10 or the equivalent and browse their great selection. I am growing Blueberry Sapphire Blue™️ and Blueberry Tasty Blue™️.

3)Feijoa Trees.

If you have room for a feijoa tree, now is a great time to plant one. They grow to approx 2m tall by 2m wide.

They really are so low maintenance. We have them tucked around the place in healthy free draining soil and they just produce & produce – enough for us and to share around.

Feijoa trees prefer a sunny spot, but we have some in partially shady areas and they are still prolific producers.

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4)Peas.

Snow peas are a firm favourite around here. The seeds germinate in approximately a week and the plants are producing in 4 weeks or so.

Sugar snap peas we love too, they take slightly longer to pod up at around 6-8 weeks.

Peas are delicious just as they are or we enjoy them dipped in hummus. They are perfect for filling lunchboxes with healthy goodness as the kids love them. Of course they are great chopped into salads too.

5)Radishes.

Radishes are another vegetable that are easy to grow in healthy free draining soil in a sunny spot. They are a relatively quick crop and are seed-to-plate in less than 2 months.

We have a few different varieties from Kings Seeds on the go at the moment…Radish Halloween Mix (mild tasting & pops of colour) and Radish Watermelon (they look like gorgeous little watermelons).

~Rebecca

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