Sow or plant lettuce, beans, peas, potatoes, silverbeet, radishes, spring onions, cabbages, broccoli and carrots.
The potato forms part of our everyday diet and with Tasmania’s rich soil and temperate weather there should be no reason why anyone couldn’t grow a successful crop in the home vegetable garden.
They are so versatile and can be used in so many different ways it’s no wonder they are one of our favourite vegetables.
With so many old and new varieties it’s hard to choose, but among the most popular are Tasman, King Edward, Bismark, Kennebec, Pink Eye and Bintji, but there are many other types that will grow equally as well.
Plant certified seed potatoes, with the eyes facing upwards, in furrows 15cms deep and 45cms apart into a rich, well-drained sandy, loam in a sunny position.
Tasman, named after Abel Tasman, is a mid-season type of uniform shape with bright pink skin and white flesh. Suitable to bake or chip.
King Edward is a tough old English variety having pink skin and white flesh suitable to bake, boil, chip or mash.
The Bismark is an early-maturing variety introduced into Tasmania in 1928 as a strain of Prince Bismark thought to be of German origin. Best to boil or chip.
Kennebec bred in the USA is an early- to mid-season, all-purpose potato highly regarded for its keeping qualities.
Pink Eye is another great all-purpose potato with waxy yellow flesh first recorded in Tasmania in 1944.
Don’t plant too early as this one is frost sensitive. Ideal boiling potato as it holds its shape.
Bintji, originating from Holland, is a mid-season, all-purpose variety with fine textured flesh and marvellous flavour.
Zinnias are magic flowers for the summer garden for they thrive and give their best throughout the hottest and driest time of the year.
These members of the daisy family produce single, long-stemmed flowers in a range of bright colours.
Modern varieties include plain and striped colours and some double forms.
Feed twice-weekly with a liquid fertiliser.
Water at the base of the plants to keep soil moist but not wet.
To prolong flowering keep picking the flowers and prevent seeding.
Lavenders are classic garden plants with their distinctive spikes of fragrant, long-lasting flowers that provide colour for much of the year when grown in a well-drained soil in full sun.
The flowers come in soft colours of mauve, purple, blue, pink, green, yellow and white.
These dry-tolerant garden favourites are ideal for containers.
Prune after flowering.