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December 2014-January 2015
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Summer is well and truly here. Temperatures are steadily rising and your veggies should be growing vigorously.
Keep your garden well watered and mulched (a little water often is better than the occasional soaking).
Weeds are running rampant in the warm weather so weeding will be a regular job over the next couple of months.
 
Tomatoes are everyone's favourite summer crop.
They do best in full sun and a moist rich soil,
Make sure you put in you stakes when the seedlings are small.  If you drive a stake in next to a mature plant you'll damage the roots and stress your plant.
As soon as your tomatoes form their first tiny fruits, feed them a high potash fertiliser weekly.  Tomatoes are a crop that need regular feeding and watering.  never let them dry out.
Pinch out the small side shoots that grown in the 'V' between the leaf stems and the main stem.

Here's a list of seedlings you can plant into your garden in Dec-Jan in Adelaide:

 
  • Basil
  • Lettuce
  • Capsicums
  • Marrows
  • Celeriac
  • Melons
  • Chilies
  • Pumpkins
  • Eggplant
  • Sweetcorn
  • French Beans
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Kale
  • Tomatoes
  • Leeks
  • Zucchini

You can also direct sow the following seeds into your garden in December.
 
  • Beetroot
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Melons
  • Lettuces
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Chicory
  • Pumpkin
  • Cucumbers
  • Radishes
  • Endive
  • Spring Onions
  • French Beans
  • Sweet corn
  • Leeks
  • Turnips
 
January is usually too hot for direct sowing most seeds, but you can still sow sweetcorn, lettuces, beans, zucchini, beetroot, and radishes directly into the garden bed.  Cover them to enhance germination.
 
VV LUNATIC GARDENING
FULL MOON
Saturday 6 December 2014 10.57pm
From the full moon to the last quarter is the waning moon when the sap flow in plants is more concentrated in the root area and lower in the foliage so its the best time to plant root crops: carrots, onions, radishes, beetroot, parsnips and turnips etc...
Plant fruit trees and perennials during this phase as well: rhubarb, asparagus, strawberries and bulbs.
 
LAST QUARTER (waning moon)
Sunday 14 December 2014  11.22pm
The week of the last quarter is the barren moon phase and is best used to attend to your soil, apply mulch and manure teas, make compost, remove weeds, and dig over the ground.  Or just rest and drink wine on the warm balmy Adelaide evenings.
 
Sunday 21 December is the Summer Solstice and the longest day of the year.
 
NEW MOON
Monday 22 December 2014  12.06pm
From the new moon to the first quarter is the best time to sow or plant your leafy greens like lettuces, spinach, cabbages, parsley etc.
Mow your lawn and transplant leafy annuals during this phase.
 
FIRST QUARTER (waxing moon)
Monday 29 December 2014  5.02am
From the new moon through to the full moon sap flow is increased in the above ground parts of plants.
During the first quarter to the full moon, plant crops that fruit above the ground such as melons, beans, peas, capsicums, squash, sweetcorn, broccoli, cauliflower and tomatoes.  It's still OK to plant leafy greens and lettuces during this time as well.
 
 
FULL MOON
Monday 5 January 2015  3.24pm
From the full moon to the last quarter is the waning moon when the sap flow in plants is more concentrated in the root area and lower in the foliage so its the best time to plant root crops: carrots, onions, radishes, beetroot, parsnips and turnips etc...
Plant fruit trees and perennials during this phase as well: rhubarb, asparagus, strawberries and bulbs.
 
LAST QUARTER (waning moon)
Tuesday 13 January 2015  8.17pm
The week of the last quarter is the barren moon phase and is best used to attend to your soil, apply mulch and manure teas, make compost, remove weeds, and dig over the ground.  Or just rest and drink wine on the warm balmy Adelaide evenings.
 
NEW MOON
Tuesday 20 January 2015  11.44pm
From the new moon to the first quarter is the best time to sow or plant your leafy greens like lettuces, spinach, cabbages, parsley etc.
Mow your lawn and transplant leafy annuals during this phase.
 
FIRST QUARTER (waxing moon)
Tuesday 27 January 2015  3.19pm
From the new moon through to the full moon sap flow is increased in the above ground parts of plants.
During the first quarter to the full moon, plant crops that fruit above the ground such as melons, beans, peas, capsicums, squash, sweetcorn, broccoli, cauliflower and tomatoes.  It's still OK to plant leafy greens and lettuces during this time as well.
 
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