10 jobs to do in the vegie patch

Top 10 jobs in vegie patch

There’s lots to do in the edible garden at this time of year. Here’s a list of jobs to do now.

  1. Try growing winter-loving miner’s lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata) if you live in a cooler climate.
  2. Take some good-sized cuttings of mulberries and plant them straight into well-prepared soil.
  3. Cover cabbages and any cabbage relatives with fine mesh netting to protect them from cabbage butterfly.
  4. Avoid wetting the leaves when watering pea plants, to help prevent the development of powdery mildew.
  5. Set up a simple cold frame to protect punnets of vegie seedlings and increase seed germination in cold weather.
  6. Divide crowded clumps of chives, and pot up the excess to share with friends.
  7. Mix carrot seed with dry sand for even distribution when sowing in rows.
  8. Prune blueberries by removing the oldest and longest stems and cutting off any weak shoots.
  9. Finish planting garlic cloves in well-drained soil to allow plenty of growing time for a summer harvest.
  10. Look for and plant some unusual citrus varieties, such as finger lime, Buddha’s hand and pomelo.

You’ll find more than 50 gardening projects and tips this month, plus 15 vegie problems solved, in the June 2020 issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine, out now.