autumn harvest

April in the Vegetable Garden

10155636_10203371795197430_1881237932_nI just love Autumn. The soil is warm, the summer plants are at their peak and you don’t boil up when go out to do some work.

This year’s tomato harvest has been an absolute ripper and apart for the late onset of a few familiar diseases, the plants have been remarkably resilient. Tomato relish and baked tomato sauce are our favourite ways of preserving them, but nothing beats a freshly picked, truly vine-ripened tomato.

The constant rains have not only assisted in giving the garden a real growth burst, the rain also causes some of the tomato fruit to split open. This can allow disease to strike so it’s important to keep a close look out for split fruit and either cook it up, bin it or give it to the chooks.

The rain has also exacerbated the mould on my zucchini and rather than spray them I just remove infected leaves and put them in the bin. My dwarf beans have been amazing and on one day I collected over two kilograms of beans from a space one metre by one and a half metres.

It’s decision time though because April is when you need to clear out the patch for your winter greens and alliums. I’ll be leaving my tomatoes in the ground until Anzac day when I usually begin planting out my snow peas, garlic , onions and greens.

In the meantime I’ll be digging in my beans, ripping up the zucchini and generally get busy tidying up the garden. I have a huge job where I experimented with the three sisters method. It’s like an amazing thicket of crazy beans twisting and twining themselves around the dry corn stalks with trip hazard pumpkin plants desperately trying to find some sunlight.

Planting Guide: Plant out – Spinach, snow peas, shallots, rocket, parsley, asian greens like pak choy, mizuna and gai choi, lettuce, leeks, kale, garlic, chive cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, beetroot and broad beans.

If only I had space for it all.

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Article by: Mark Logan

Former photojournalist at the CWD, Mark Logan has mixed together his love of technology with his years of experience as a journalist and photographer to develop the Orange Post. The Orange Post is his baby. A baby whose gestation involved countless ideas, numerous bouts of indecision, an infinite number of hours cursing free software and more than one bottle of wine. Whilst he's not trying to cajole people into writing for the Orange Post, he's attempting to sharpen his vegetable gardening skills. He lives in a strangely shaped house in Millthorpe, loves ignoring recipe directions, dabbles in web design for fun, frustration and profit and is constantly in a battle of the wills with his dog Fergus