Summer Veggie Patch Revival

Summer Veggie Patch Revival

Summer is a scorcher for the garden – particularly the end of summer, during February.

Your garden may look a tad dismal, depleted and dreary with only the hardiest, most resilient of plants thriving in the harsh conditions (hello, Dandelion! Love that for you!). But don’t be dismayed! It’s time for a new season of sowing; a chance for other plants to thrive.

We now bring our attention to the impending season of Autumn, beginning in mere weeks. Before we can introduce the seasonal seeds and plant the appropriate species, we need to prepare our dried up and depleted soil. The sun has leached it of the nutrients, density and minerals essential for a successful Autumnal season of growth. 

This is a great time to take a moment to observe the environment and feel into the shifts in season. 

In these transitional phases in the garden I like to plan our next seasons big sow and prep the garden for a new growing season. It is the perfect time to  begin building those layers of soil in the garden by adding compost, green waste and your choice of manure  to build soil health for the next plants. 

This is the ideal time to start researching, and planning out your first Autumn seed sow, complete with mapping-out your garden beds. This planning and prepping process is one I like to soak into like a ritual that will soon become a part of a yearly ritual gardening calendar. 

Reviving the Soil: Worm Farms 

The most exciting and fruitful way to enrich your soil is to replicate the natural phenomenon of a worm farm! These wriggly, slimy little garden helpers will supply all the nutrients and deposit their mineral-dense wastage (casting) into the soil, turning the soil as they move around and preparing the garden bed for stronger, bigger and more plentiful plants! See the video here for inspiration. I learnt this technique from loop farmers who laid down fresh green waste in the ground to attract beneficial worms to the growing area. 

Autumnal Seed Sowing – Which Plant is Best?

Gardening Australia has some wonderful suggestions that follow on from our worm farm preparation of your garden bed. 

Once you have reinvigorated your garden with worm castings, you can use a fork to gently turn the soil for more aeration. 

Now you can either visit your local nursery to obtain some green manure, or make your own using expired seeds. Once you have lightly removed the top layer of soil, scatter the old seeds and before they flower or set seed, chop and churn or leave on the surface with a compost layer on top. In 4-6 weeks, you have a fertile and ready bed!

Autumn calls for resilient and hardy plants like rosemary, succulents and stunning perennials and natives. Why not pop into your local nursery and see what’s on offer? 

Happy sowing!

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