Seasonal Gardening Guide - Autumn
Autumn is upon us! Hopefully you have plenty of cucumbers, courgettes, tomatoes, beans and lettuces from the summer. Now is the time to harvest seed from your summer crops, make pickle, preserves and sauces from your summer goodies, and start thinking about planting the winter garden.
What are we planting this season?
Bok Choy This thrives in a moist soil, so make sure to give your seedlings plenty of water in the early months of the season. Great for stir fries, soups, salads and dumplings.
Feijoa and Citrus trees. These may take 2-3 years to yield fruit, but good things take time, and before you know it you'll be enjoying the benefits of homegrown fruit. Is there anything better?
Beetroot The perfect crop to sow in March/April, beetroot is ready in as little as 7-12 weeks and tastes great with nothing but a pinch of Flaky Sea Salt, but is also great in salads, both hot and cold.
Broad Beans Best to sow between March and July. A good source of protein, fibre, vitamins A and C, potassium and iron, and absolutely delicious!
Broccoli Such a versatile vegetable, we love them in a Use'm up salad, stir fry or as a side. Easy to grow too, and ready to harvest in 16-20 weeks.
Cabbage Plant in a reasonably sheltered spot, around 50cm apart, with mini versions also available for smaller gardens or families. Dress with Apple Cider Vinegar and/or Canola Oil for a yummy raw salad, or steam/stir fry for a warming winter meal.
Carrot If you have a sunny spot, carrots will thrive in your garden in any season. Whip up some homemade hummus, and eat as as snack, or use in our delicious Nut & Lentil vegetarian meatloaf
Cauliflower A cruciferous vegetable like broccoli, cauliflower is high in B vitamins and fibre. Try roasting an entire head, dressed with your favourite herbs, spices and olive oil, or Buffalo & BBQ 'Wings' with apostle hot sauce.
Kale Roasted, sauteed or raw we love kale! The dark leafy green is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, high in potassium, vitamins K, C & A. Kale grows well in beds as well as pots and containers, just look out for those cheeky slugs and snails who find it as tasty as we do! Try crushing some egg shells around your crop to deter unwanted visitors.
Flowering Bulbs Tulips, daffodils, freesias or hyacinths, there's nothing quite like filling your life with fragrant flowering bulbs! Autumn is the best time to plant these beauties. Plant them with the tip facing upwards, in either the garden or pots, and they're an easy way to bring joy to your space.
Onion We love onions in stir fries, soups, caramalised, BBQed, or raw in salads. They're so versatile and such a fun crop to grow! To harvest onion, dig the bulbs up with a fork, to store plait the leaves together and keep somewhere dry for up to six months.
Spinach Nature's superfood! Rich in vitamins, magnesium, iron and calcium. Another vegetable that does well in pots and containers as well as directly in beds. There are so many different varieties of spinach to choose from, you can't go wrong.
Spring Onion Perfect for our Savoury Mini Muffins. Spring onions grow easily from seed or seedling, in pots or directly in the ground. Snip leaves directly from your garden for the freshest spring onions imaginable!