Lismore Garden Club News

Salad greens are a must in every good garden, summer and winter. They are very good for your general health, particularly for strong healthy bones and there is a shortcut to having these growing in your own garden in a matter of only a few short weeks. The best salad greens to use are the fast germinating ones that will cut and come again. This way you start to use the salad greens when theyre immature and lovely and tender. Its best to start to harvest them when they are only about 20cm high.

There are several types of vegies that work well for cut and come again salad greens. I have found that the following are the best: Oakleaf lettuce, beetroot, silver beet and wong bok Chinese cabbage. These will all germinate and grow quickly. For a family of four to six you would want to plant about a square metre with seed. For just one or two people you should plant only 600mm. You may need to repeat your planting each two or three months to maintain continuity.

When you plant the seed, water in with Seasol in tepid water and as the seedlings appear fertilise with a good soluble fertiliser at half strength in tepid water and repeat this each two weeks. If you find that they are growing faster than you can use them, cut the majority back by two thirds their height, fertilise and they will come again.

What to plant now:Flowers ageratum, alyssum, aquilegia, candyutuft, canterbury bells, cineraria, cornflower, delphinium, dianthus, gaillardia, gypsophila, hollyhock, impatiens, linaria, lobelia, marigold, nigella, pansy, iceland poppy, primula, snapdragon, statice, stock, strawflower, sweet peas, verbena, virginia stock, wallflower.Vegies broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, chinese cabbage, leek, lettuce, onion, parsnip, peas, potato, radish, shallots, silver beet, spring onion, tomato, turnip.

Finally: The more you give, the more you get the more you laugh, the less you fret the more you do unselfishly, the more you live abundantly. Helen Steiner Rice.

Happy gardening

Ron Burns


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