I think Autumn is the best time of year to be out in the garden. The hot days of summer have all but gone and things grow fantastcially. The good thing is that hopefully we’ll even get some rain to help what we plant to get growing.
I like my garden to be a food bowl, so I’ll share with you some of the fruit, vegies and herbs I like to plant at this time of the year, so that a little later on, I can be enjoying the freshest produce when I’m cooking.
And if you like cooking with fresh produce, make sure you visit the Kleenheat Kitchen at the Perth Garden Festival to see what gastronomic wonders are being whipped up!
Improve your soil
Before you plant anything, make sure the soil in your garden beds and pots are well prepared. Add wetting agents, compost and organic matter to your soil, the more you can add, the better. It’s no use spending time and money on plants and seeing them struggle to grow in sandy, nutrient free soil.
Also, get rid of any weeds and any plants in your garden you don’t want to spread – otherwise they start going to seed.
The thing I love about this time of year is that you can grow almost every kind of vegetable, here are some of the ones you might want to try:
Citrus and other fruits trees
Autumn is a stressful time of year for your citrus trees because they’re holding on to fruit after Summer. If you see yellow leaves, apply compost and give the trees a light feed with liquid fertiliser, but be careful not to overfeed them or they’ll drop their fruit. When you’re watering, if it isn’t soaking in properly, add some soil wetter.
Deciduous fruit trees are all slowing down as the weather cools, so simply leave them alone. Your passionfruit vine should be going crazy, so just give it a light feed with a complete fertiliser to prepare it for winter.
TOP TIP: Before the end of the month you also want to have planted your citrus, avocado and olive trees.
I love having fresh herbs to add to my cooking. The great thing is that you don’t need a lot of space, just good soil in the pot or ground, five or more hours of sun and regular fertilising will reward you with a bountiful supply of fresh herbs.
Now’s the perfect time to plant:
TOP TIP: Be careful to keep your herbs well-watered and semi-shaded while there are still some hot days – they can wilt and burn easily!
I hope you’ve found some inspiration to get you out into the garden this Autumn. And if you’re feeling inspired, why not impress family and friends with the fantastic recipe for crispy barramundi with apple and mango salad.
If your mouth’s watering and imagination is running wild – head along to the Kleenheat Kitchen at the 2019 Perth Garden Festival for more flavour combinations from our guest chefs plus tips for growing top-notch produce at home.
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