Vegetable Gardening in Spring

September is the month when Spring planting gets underway in earnest. At the beginning of the month is the best time to plant peas and potatoes. If the shoots of the latter show above the ground and a frost warning is forecast, pull some soil up over them.

 With regard to peas, they do not like hot weather so it is important to get them in the ground as soon as possible and perhaps sow a second row about 3 weeks after the first planting. If weather conditions are kind that second planting should be harvested just before Christmas.

 Seeds of turnip, radish, cabbage and Beetroot can go in now but it pays to wait until the 3rd or 4th week of September when the soil has warmed up to plant beans and get good germination. Shallots can be planted at any time, they can be arranged close together, pulling out every second one to use as green onions in salads, allowing the rest to mature in December/January

Seedlings of Chilli, Capsicum, Zuccini, Pumpkin and Tomatoes can all be planted at the end of the month once the danger of frost in past. If not done during winter improve soil fertility by incorporating good compost and use Nitrosol as a liquid fertiliser once seedlings have become established.

Peas can be given support by using prunings from deciduous fruit trees

A good crop of "Melbourne Market" Peas