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VV CALENDAR - June 2015
 
June is the quietest month for planting in Adelaide.  Winter has arrived and your winter veggie garden should be well established by now with plenty of brassicas and root vegetables steadily growing.  As the soil temperature cools down, growth slows done too.  Winter is not a time to be impatient so if you were a little late planting your winter veggies, take heed and plant earlier next year.
 
June is a great time to start preparing your garden for next season.  This can include garden additions and extensions, setting up compost bins and worm farms and planting trees. June is also a great time to prune your deciduous trees.
You can even start cultivating seeds in hot frames so they are sufficiently advanced to plant out in spring.
 
Garlic

Garlic is our ‘veggie of the month’.  It happily survives the harshest of winters.
There are dozens of garlic varieties that fall into one of two categories: hardnecks and softnecks, the difference being that hardnecks form a flowering stalk up the middle of the bulb.  The stalk can be picked and eaten, and if left on the plant, it will open into a cluster of bulbils.  Softnecks don’t form flower stalks or a hard core; they usually form more cloves and are milder in flavour.
As softnecks keep for longer, we advise planting both kinds and using up the hardnecks first.
 
When buying garlic to plant, avoid the imported supermarket varieties in favour of commercially grown varieties that are free from viruses and diseases.
Check out the selection from Diggers here
June Harvesting
 
In June, provided you planted early, you may be harvesting brassicas, kale, root vegetables, spinach, lettuces and potatoes. 
 
June Pests

Slugs and snails are out in force now.  Protect your plants by placing some roughly chopped eggshells around them.  The critters don’t like the sharp edges.  A very simple snail trap is a bowl of beer or wine mixed with water.  Place it with the rim 1 or 2 cm above the ground to drown them.  Sugar water (5% sugar solution) is also highly effective, as is diluted cordial.  Empty your traps daily into the compost or chook run.
 
Grey green Cabbage aphids are prolific around gardens in Adelaide at the moment, especially on young broccoli and cauliflower plants.  As soon as you see them, spray them off with the hose, as sometimes they just need a cool blast to dislodge them (they have weak legs and won’t be able to get back onto the plant).  Spray the affected plants with Neem Oil or try applying the following mixture every couple of days:  1 litre water, 1 tsp dishwashing liquid and a dash of cayenne.

Eco Oil is also a great natural product for getting rid of aphids
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June Planting
 
June is a lean month for planting. You can plant out Garlic cloves, also Onions and Broad Beans.
When planting Broad Beans, give them a good watering in, and then leave them alone.  Overwatering won’t assist germination.
Onion seedlings shouldn’t be buried too deep.  The root base should be almost at the surface level to avoid running to seed too early.
Rhubarb is dormant now so it's a good time to plant new sets or divide and re-plant old crowns.
 
Weather depending, you can try planting some Leeks, Peas, Spinach and Radishes.
 
Happy planting.
 
VV LUNATIC GARDENING
FULL MOON
Wednesday 3 June at 1.39am
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 your winter root crops: carrots, onions, radishes, beetroot, parsnips and turnips etc...
 
LAST QUARTER (waning moon)
Wednesday 10 June at 1.11am
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.
 
NEW MOON
Tuesday 16 June at 11.35pm
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 rhubarb during this phase.
 
FIRST QUARTER (waxing moon)
Wednesday 24 June at 8.32pm
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 your winter crops that fruit above the ground such as broad beans, peas, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.  It's still OK to plant leafy greens and lettuces during this time as well.
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