Seasonal gardening with Claire Bickle - video transcript

This page is a transcript of the Seasonal gardening with Claire Bickle video on Brisbane City Council's YouTube channel. The video is 10 minutes and 31 seconds long.

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>> CLAIRE: Hi everybody my name is Claire Bickle and I'm here on behalf of the Brisbane City Council libraries program and we’re going to talk a little bit about another gardening topic or two and the first one I thought would be really important for everybody is to now understand what is seasonal growing and growing what is in season. Sometimes it's a bit tricky to know what's in season because quite often the packets of seeds are on the shelves even sometimes the punnets of seedlings might be available for sale, but they might not be actually the right time of year for us to grow them. So understanding that is really important. So I thought I would go through a list of the A to Z and I've typed it up because there are so many things I didn't want to forget anything and we'll talk a little bit too about what you can keep growing through the season and there/what are some things that you really can't you do need to get them in right at the start and for them to come to fruition and harvest later on in the year.

So if you want to get your pens and paper out I might see if we can even put this list up and I might even do it on my website but just know what you can plant now here in Brisbane and in the subtropics is artichokes, so if you love globe artichokes or even the Jerusalem artichokes you can plant those now and these can be probably planted more so as tubers, the Jerusalem artichokes and plants for the globe artichokes.

All of your Asian greens can be planted now like mizuna, mibuna, pak choi, wombok the cabbages as well choy sum, tatsoi all those can go in there and you can probably still even sow them as seeds as well.

Beans, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, broccolini, Brussells sprouts if you get cold enough winters, they can be a little bit tricky to get to sprout here if you don't have a cold enough winter, cabbage carrot cauliflowers, celery, chicory, coriander now's the time to have a go with coriander.
If you and coriander have a bit of a love-hate relationship it's probably because you're trying to grow it out of season so now this is the peachy spot of the year the cooler nights and the only the warm days that coriander really likes.

Dill, endive, fennel, garlic can go in now, kale, Kohl rabi, leeks, all of your lettuces and particularly your hearting lettuces, they can go in now you try to plant the hearting lettuces in spring and summer here and the subtropics they don’t get the cold weather that helps them form the hearts and we have to kind of continue on with the loose leaf forms as the weather warms up so now heading into winter is a great time to plant hearting lettuce.

Nasturtiums, onions, parsley, parsnips, peas, potatoes - seed potatoes are now, this is the time to sow your seed potatoes and get them into the ground.

Radish, rhubarb, rocket, shallots, spring onions, silver beet, snow peas, strawberries and now swedes, tomatoes and turnips. If you're in the area that does get a little bit of frost you might want to steer away from the tomatoes but most of us in Brisbane don't tend to have frosty spots in the garden.

Now that's a fairly extensive list of things there and some of those things we can continue on to plant as I said before into the season and some of them you can't, some of them you really do need to get them on and into the ground really early on in autumn we have had quite a warm autumn daytime temperatures so I think you've still got a lot of you know mileage left in the garden to keep planting but the things that do need to be planted are things that take a while to come to harvestable size, so cauliflower for example that actually really needs to go in now if no later so it's got time to form that big flowering head.

Things like broad beans need the time to take to grow up to their height form the pods and beans inside, seed potatoes another one you need to get those in now so that they can grow all through the autumn and winter and then once the plants grow and flowered and died down and it's ready to harvest potatoes we haven't come into summer we doing that late Spring and early Summer.

If you’re planting potatoes too late and they're starting to be mature in the soil when we’ve hit out summer and we're having a typical wet hot January/February you will find the potatoes will rot, so really important to get those in now. 

The other one are onions and they take while and they’re best planted as the days are shortening which is where we’re at now and once they’re planted their trigger to actually form those modified bulbous stems that are the onions is as the days start to lengthen. So you need to get them in now so they go through that whole process of shortening days and then the lengthen and days.

So there's some of the things you really do need to sort of yep, got to get those in and that's it probably for the season until next year but there are of other things you can keep planting.

Now I'm sitting in our new veggie patch, which some of you may have been seeing and following along the journey on Facebook and we planted this about 6 weeks ago so to my right we've already got an abundance of butterhead lettuce we've got cos lettuce we’ve got coriander, I think we're going to be right with the corn and I don’t think it's going to get too cold to get that autumn harvest of corn and we’ve obviously harvesting this madly and in the first video I did I did one on we were talking about radish seeds and we've been harvesting radishes absolutely non-stop everyday now this is what I call having the feast but how do you avoid the famine and that was the next topic wanted to talk about was successive growing and sowing how to and a lot of you may have gotten really excited and everyone did find their garden when the social restrictions were in place, everyone went hard and we’ve got lots of edible gardeners out there on their journey.

But what happens when it comes to harvestable fruition at the same time, you end with and we do have quite a lot of radishes here and I have been giving away lettuces but how do we ensure that once all this is harvested, which actually still have lettuces to eat in 4 or 6 weeks time and that's where we step up to the idea of having successive plantings or sowings, so for example further afield where you can't see I've probably 8 cos lettuce I've given them away to friends, family, we’ve eaten lots of cos lettuce and in that place I'm probably going to plan something different a little crop rotation, probably going to put some extra beetroot in but in other spots where I've actually started to harvest all of our sweet basil I'm going to pull those out now they're not liking the wintering, I’m going to put in some more cos lettuce, so this is red cos lettuce so as these ones are finishing and we’ve still got more there these ones are going to follow-up in behind, so you've got this successive planting and quite often what I’ll do is every couple of weeks or so I’ll pop a punnet in of something that I really like eating.

Broccoli we've got some that are really big already but I'm going to plant another punnet so that we don't all the sudden has 30 broccolli all ready at the same time. We’re going to have 6 ready in however many weeks it’s going to take and then when we’ve harvested those will have another six say in 2 weeks or 3 weeks after that.

So having that successive planting is important or sowing, with the radishes we've got those ones here that we're harvesting already by the dozen but I got my children to sow some more radish seeds last week and actually 3 weeks ago. These have been in nearly 6 so as you can see, we're going to keep having radishes all through the autumn and winter that way. So, it’s a really good idea to keep that in mind and maybe even have and allow space to understand where things will be harvested and then you can replant.

So that's one way to avoid the big feast and then the big famine is to have of successive sowing and planting and some things can be continued to be planted by seed like the lettuce, rocket, radishes and so forth, even kale and if it starts getting a bit hot as we head into spring any worried about things like cabbage, well you can start harvesting your kale as a microgreen instead.

Now the other thing I wanted to finish up on is to understand that we're all very excited that everyone's doing a lot more gardening than they ever had before but we want to make sure that you all keep that garden momentum train happening and how can you do that when all the sudden find the kids are back at school you're not at home as much, you return to work, how do you keep the garden going? And all that effort you put in. I think probably the top tip is to keep a garden diary you know and understand and prioritise tasks in the garden, I read something somewhere the other day and someone said it's a bit like exercise do a little bit every day that's the way you’ll have success, don't just go for weeks and not look at it and then come out and go ‘Aww what's happened’? you probably haven’t watered!

So prioritise those things like watering, fertilizing, you might need to re mulch don't forget to harvest and really check on your garden everyday if you can. Make it part of your families routine to come and have a look at the edible garden what’s happening. We planted a few flowers in our garden and if we pan over here we’ve got pansies, one of the things we love doing is planting – we’ve got some poppies here and we have the snapdragons here as well is the kids have been wondering every day I wonder what the next colour is going to be. So it’s fun not only doing the harvesting of the of the lettuces, radishes and watching things grow but also the excitement, that's where we put a few flowers in our garden to bring in the butterflies the pollinators the bees the beneficial insects and a little bit of colour some of them are edible and then also that fun aspect and that encourages children and adults alike to go out and wonder what colour the next poppy bud is going to be.

So if you can keep some of those things in place that would be great if you’re checking every day then you're obviously going to keep an eye on the pests as well and that's important too.
So I hope that's been helpful talking about what's in season, how to have continue growing and sowing and successive harvests and also how to keep that momentum up once we start to sort of find ourselves back to may be some sort of normal routine, so thank you my name is Claire Bickle on behalf of the Brisbane City Council library program thank you for watching and hopefully we'll see you again soon.

Last updated: 20 July 2020
Topics: library