Alan G says: Alan has been working the vegetable garden plots in this village for 20 years. He has real experience in with our soil and micro climate. Alan suggests the recommendations for planting in the Yates garden guide, which class this part of Victoria as ‘cold’. He says this is a very reliable guide which he uses. This guide is in the middle hot house. Here are his suggestions for December.
Don't forget to use a liberal amount of mulch to cut down water loss by evaporation and to keep the soil cooler that will keep to roots of most plants stress-free.
To get the most out of your plots it is important to take spent crops out and prepare the ground for successions. Only grow as much of any crop as you need, remembering that most crops have short harvesting periods. Radishes are gone in 6 weeks, lettuces in eight, broccoli and sweet corn in eight or ten. So it is important to plan for a succession of these. It is a little early to be putting in the autumn-winter main crops so put these off until February.
You can still put in summer-autumn plants and these are suggested here. Melons, Cucumbers, squash, zucchini, and pumpkins can all be planted up to the end of December or even early January. Late season tomatoes can also go in up to mid January. lettuce, Chinese greens, rocket, and radish are short-season crops that can be planted through summer, in successions.
Remember to remove spent crops and weeds then prepare areas for planting your autumn crops from February onwards.