November is an important month in the vegetable garden because as the warmer weather approaches it’s planting time.
We also usually receive some rain at this time of the year to compliment the warmth, making gardening a most pleasurable pastime.
Legumes will thrive if planted now.
Sow peas into damp soil in a sunny garden bed next to a support. Don’t overwater as the seeds may rot. Bush and climbing beans can be sown for a bumper late summer harvest.
Radishes are the quickest and easiest of the root crops to grow.
Sow seeds directly into a well-prepared bed in shallow drills 15 to 20cms apart. Sow every two to three weeks.
Plant carrots in a shallow, 6cm-deep groove along the top of the garden bed then sprinkle the seeds along the row.
Soak beetroot seeds for a couple of hours before sowing 12mm deep into the soil. Seeds of baby beets are ready to harvest in about six to seven weeks.
Cut the roots of spring onions to about 1cm long and reduce the top leaf growth by about a third before planting 2cm deep and 5cms apart.
Plant certified seed potatoes in furrows about 15cms deep and 45cms apart with the ‘eyes’ facing upwards.
The Brassica family includes cabbages, cauliflowers, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
When planting brassicas nip off the seed leaves, that is the first leaves up from the roots, trim back the roots by a third and the outer leaves by half then plant down to the true leaves.
Space plants at intervals of 50cms in rows 60cms apart.
In the leafy group lettuce is the most popular.
Sow a short row of lettuce seedlings, both hearting and non-hearting varieties, each week for a continuous supply of salad greens. Plant silverbeet, spinach and Asian greens.
Tomatoes are fruiting vegetables that require a sunny, well-draining, sheltered position. Tall growers need to be staked and planted 60cms apart with rows a metre apart.
Eggplants appreciate the same growing environment. Plant seedlings into deeply-dug, compost-rich soil at spacings of about 60cms to 75cms apart.
Pumpkins, baby squash and zucchinis come in bush forms which makes them ideal for the smaller garden or large containers.
Plant sweet corn in blocked rows. Keep heavily mulched.
Plenty of water is critical during the cob formation period.
The addition of aged animal manure to the mulch will result in a richer soil at the end of the corn harvest.
Give vegetables a fortnightly feed of a liquid fertiliser to keep them growing strongly.
November 17, 18: Longford Garden Club celebrates its 50th Spring Show and Longford Blooms with open gardens. Longford Blooms featuring eight open gardens in Longford,10am-4pm. Tickets $5 per person per day available from outside Longford Antique Shop, William Street.
November 18: Woolmers Rose Festival.
November 20: Australian Plant Society meets at Max Fry Hall, Trevallyn at 7.30pm. Sue Murphy from Melbourne to talk on ‘Gardening with Endangered Species’. All welcome.
November 21: Launceston Horticultural Society meets at Windmill Hall, Launceston at 8pm. David Doukidis and Matt Bendall of Wychwood Gardens & Nursery, Mole Creek are guest speakers.
November 24: The Launceston Friends of Clifford Craig Foundation invites you to Hattondale Farm Garden Fete, 408 Bishopsbourne Road, Carrick, 10am to 4pm. Beautifully landscaped garden with Liffey River frontage. Refreshments, Devonshire teas, stalls. Entry $5, under 16 free.