There’s lots to do in the patch at this time of year. Here’s a list of jobs to do now.
- Water tomato, zucchini and pumpkin plants at ground level so the leaves stay dry and are better able to resist diseases.
- Set up pheromone traps for codling moth in apple and pear trees, and wrap corrugated cardboard around the trunk to catch migrating grubs.
- Spread a compost mulch around growing vegetables to help keep the roots moist and cool during hot spells.
- Feed passionfruit with a citrus or rose fertiliser, water in well, then spread a layer of mulch over the root area.
- Feel under established potato plants for small new potatoes that are ready for you to bandicoot (dig up using your fingers, without disturbing the top of the plant).
- Sow brussels sprouts in cold areas to have seedlings ready for planting out in late summer or early autumn.
- Cover developing fruit clusters with pest-exclusion bags to protect them from fruit fly, bats and greedy birds.
- Direct-sow seeds of climbing and dwarf beans into well-drained soil.
- Sow nasturtium seeds in the vegie bed for this plant’s pollinator-attracting flowers, edible leaves, and green seeds that can be pickled as ‘capers’.
- Build up soil and mulch around the base of corn plants as they grow to encourage more roots and stability.
You’ll find more than 50 gardening projects this month, including planting giant pumpkins with kids, providing shade for plants, and taking lavender cuttings, in the November 2020 issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine, out now.