Weekly Garden Diary: Autumn Garden Week 1

This post was most recently updated on April 14th, 2017

Welcome to Autumn, where all your hard work will pay off in (hopefully) a bountiful harvest!

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Potatoes can be harvested before the last of their tops die off, this helps you see where they are planted!  Store them in a cool dry place away from the light. Old drawers or shallow boxes lined with newspaper work well. Or construct your own large paper sacks with several sheets of newspaper and a stapler. Check the potatoes regularly and remove/use any that aren’t storing well.

In warmer areas you can still plant out savoy cabbage and brussels sprouts, but in cooler areas not so much.

Fast maturing asian vegetables like tatsoi and pak choi can be sown now.

Mulch around crops with compost or peas straw, give them a good feed of liquid manure and hoe regularly to keep the weeds at bay. This will give young plants a good, strong start.

Pea and bean crops should be cleared away once their crops are finished. I like to use these to mulch the other vegetables with. Where you removed them from either sow spring cabbages or a green manure crop.


Strawberries can still be planted, but their crops next season may be reduced.

June or July are the best times to transplant fruit trees – so if you want to order some, now is the time to get your orders in!

Prepare the area for new fruit trees by removing weeds, loosening the dirt and adding manure and a thick mulch.

Fruit trees that you are moving from one spot to another you can start wrenching around one half of the tree now. This is done by slicing through the roots at about a third of the branches spread out from the trunk. Ie if the branches are 3 feet long, slice the roots at about 1 foot out from the tree trunk. Only cut halfway around the circumference of the tree now, this gives it time to adjust.

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