Autumn is knocking at the door. There is definitely a chill in the air. But just because the cold season is upon us, it doesn’t mean we have to pack away our garden tools.
Like September, March is the main sowing month. Only that now we sow cool season crops. We sow our crops now when the soil has cooled down a bit, but it is still sufficiently warm for good growth. As a guide, try to get at least 8 weeks of good growth on your winter veggies before the major frost hit. Anything less, your plants will struggle.
Now is the perfect time to plant:
Brassicas (Kale, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts).
Alliums (Garlic, Onion, Chives, Leeks).
Leafy greens (Spinach, Lettuce, Mizuna, Bokchoy).
Roots (Beetroot, Turnips, Radish, Carrots, Parsnips).
Legumes (Peas, Broadbeans).
Herbs (Parsley, Coriander, Oregano)
Remember, vegetables especially winter ones, need plenty of sunshine. They also need healthy soil that drains well. Prepare your beds thoroughly at least two weeks before planting. Incorporate lots of compost and mature kraal manure. The mature needs to be well-aged, else it will burn your plants! Don’t forget to add mulch. It is the golden secrete to a happy and thriving garden.
Happy winter gardening, Manti