Book, e-book, Garden Show, Gardening for Beginners: Hints and tips for Melbourne Australia, Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

Did you enjoy the garden show? Want to know more about Melbourne gardening?

Why not download “Gardening for Beginners: Hints and tips for Melbourne Australia” by Sarah Jackson.

“Gardening for Beginners: Hints and Tips for Melbourne Australia” by Sarah Jackson

So you want to start a garden? No idea where to start? Then this may be the guide for you. “Gardening for Beginners” is a handy reference book with basic hints and tips for the new gardener. It contains no fancy terms, no superior expertise, just honest advice from someone just like you. There are sections on what tools to buy, growing vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers, dealing with pests, and working out which fertilisers are best for you.

It is written for a cool climate, but the advice is useful anywhere. The book is based on the quirky and informative blog Sarah’s Melbourne Kitchen Garden.

For more information about the book: “Gardening for Beginners”

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Garden Photos, Gardening for Beginners: Hints and tips for Melbourne Australia, Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

My Melbourne Garden Show Photos

I thoroughly enjoyed my day out at the Melbourne International Garden Show. There were some great exhibits and I have many more ideas for my garden. Although, may main aim for 2019 is to finish the paving down the side of the garden and do some much needed repair work on some of the old garden beds.

Here are my photos of the event:

canning

“Preservation Pantry” by Sarah Marshall – A great guide for preserving

“Preservation Pantry: Modern Canning from root to Top & Stem to Core” by Sarah Marshall

This has got to be one of the best guides to preserving fruit and vegetables that I have seen in a while. In addition to easy-to-understand descriptions for preserving and canning, there are helpful suggestions for storage, recommendations for equipment and tools required, and even recipes using your preserves. Great range of preserving ideas. I am looking forward to preparing the white wine & tomato sauce for marina as soon as my next lot of tomatoes are ripe. I suspect that this will become an often-leafed-through book in my kitchen.

Seasonal guide

Things to do in Autumn

Yes I know, It’s hard to believe it, but Autumn is here already. We have at least another good month of Summer weather before we need to start on out Autumn gardening, but if you need some advice on what needs to be done check out the lists below:
What to plant in Autumn:
Salad Vegetables: Asian Greens, Lettuce, Endive, Salad Greens, Silver Beet, Spinach
Legumes: Beans, Peas
Root Vegetables: Beetroot, Carrots, Parsnips, Potatoes, Radish, Globe artichokes
Onions: Onions, Leeks, Garlic, Spring Onions, Fennel 
Brassicas: Broccoli, Broccolini, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Mustard, Chinese Cabbage
Fruit: Strawberries
 
What to Harvest:
  • Pumpkins, Squash, Corn, Potatoes
  • Capsicum, Chillies (early season)
  • Lettuce, Salad Greens, Herbs
  • Berries (early season)
  • Apples
Jobs to do:
  • Weeding
  • Remove dead annuals, trim hedges and vines
  • Dead head flowers
  • Cut away dead berry canes, prune fruit trees 
  • Clean BBQ (for Winter storage)
  • Clear Summer crops and till/fork through soil
  • Add manure, compost and fertilisers and dig through
  • Test soil and add necessary additives (dolomite for example)
  • Plant bulbs and sweat peas (April)
  • Lay down a layer of sugarcane mulch (or mulch of choice)
Potential Problems:
Sometimes cold snaps make it difficult to get seeds to germinate and seedlings to harden off (survive the cold).  You may want to consider using a frame over the beds to keep the seedlings warm.