Alan G says: Alan has been working the vegetable garden plots in this village for 20 years. He has real experience with our soil and microclimate. Alan suggests using Yates garden guide, which classes this part of Victoria as ‘cold’. He says this is a very reliable guide for our garden. This guide is displayed in the middle hot house. Here are his suggestions February.
February is a transition month, having the last of the summer heat and the first of the cool clear nights of autumn. So in the garden it is mainly a time for “taking out”. Firstly the spent crops; don’t let them stay in the ground to get hard and dry. Take them out for compost and prepare your soil for the autumn plantings. Secondly weeds. If you leave them in the ground, they will release masses of seeds which will make your gardening next year so much harder and will annoy your neighbours too because they will get to share your weeds with you!
February marks the period when it is too late to plant many things. Too late for zucchinis, pumpkins, cucumbers, melons, sweet corn, beans and most herbs. Also too early for onions and garlic.
February is the first month to be planting and sowing for the autumn and winter crops.
For autumn salads, you can be planting lettuce and sowing seed of radish and spring onion.
The autumn and winter vegetables that you can start to put in February include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage. celery, silver beet and chard, and seeds for beetroot, turnip, kohl rabi and carrot.