How To Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden Part Four

The Garden Angels looks at what could go wrong with the vegetable garden.

Fruit Fly
Fruit fly are prevalent in early spring. They need to be baited, trapped and eradicated before they get into our fruit. Sticky traps can be used to detect when they are around. They have a special attractant which lures and kills and male fruit fly. Both a monitoring tool and also reduces the number of males in the area that can mate with the females.

PLANTING
Corn
Corn is a warm season crop. Plant in late spring, after the risk of frost has passed, for a crop that ripens during summer and autumn. Sweet corn is wind pollinated, so plants rely on the wind to transfer pollen from one plant to another. Planting corn in a block (with 15-20 cm between plants), rather than rows, will assist pollination. Sweet Corn doesn’t form a dense canopy, so grow other low growing crops beneath it to maximise the space and help control weeds. This works well with cut and come again vegetables such as lettuce, dwarf beans, trailing marrows and many of the leafy Asian greens. Ensure that they are on the sunny side of the bed to avoid shading from the corn.

Early spring is time to sow seed for summer crops. Sowing direct is the easiest and least time-consuming: just prepare the soil and plant the seeds!

Pumpkins


Pumpkin vines need to be grown in full sun with fertile, compost-rich, well-drained soil in and are most easily grown as ground-cover plants. Bushy varieties, like Golden Nugget, can be container-grown, but most are too vigorous for pots. Vines can be trained over frames provided they can support the weight of the heavy fruit. Plants take 70–120 days to mature. As pumpkins are shallow-rooted they need regular watering and a good layer of sugarcane mulch is recommended. Regular moisture ensures the fruit won’t split.

Sunflowers


Sunflowers are annuals that can be sown where they are to flower, ensuring that they are planted in a fertile, well-drained soil. Full sun is essential for these gorgeous, statuesque flowers. As a general rule seeds can be sown to double the depth of the seed and cover with soil.

SUPPLIERS


www.oasisaustralia.com - (herbs)
www.diggersclub.com.au - (seeds)


For more:


Read How To Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden Part One
Read How To Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden Part Two
Read How To Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden Part Three
Read How To Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden Part Five

 
 

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