Seed Sowing Guide – October

Sow these seeds in October:

Sow these seeds in the garden:

Asian Green ‘Happy Rich’ F1

Beetroot ‘Bulls Blood’

Broccoli Raab

Broccoli ‘Summer Purple’

Cabbages ‘Munchkin’ F1 and ‘Red Express’

Carrots ‘Merida’ and ‘Scarlet Nantes’

Cauliflower ‘All Year Around’

Chicory ‘Red Rib’

Coriander

Edible Chrysanthemum ‘Shungiku’

Kai-Lan ‘Chinese Kale’

Kale ‘Toscano / Cavolo Nero’

Land Cress

Leek ‘Bulgarian Giant’

Lettuces ‘Flashy Trout Back’, ‘Winter Density’, & ‘Rouge d’Hiver’

Miners Lettuce

Pak Choi ‘Joi Choi’ F1

Parsley Mix

Radish ‘Watermelon’

Rocket, Wild (organic), and ‘Heirloom’

Shallots ‘Roderique’

Spinach ‘Tyee’ F1, ‘Steadfast’ & ‘Bloomsdale Longstanding’

Spring Onion ‘Red Beard’

Snow Pea ‘Oregon Sugar Pod’

Sow in trays in the hothouse:

Basil

Celery ‘Tall Utah’

Chamomile ‘Roman’

Chives

Corn, Sweet ‘Legacy F1’

Cucumber ‘Lebanese Sultan F1’

Melons ‘Mountain Sweet’ & ‘Cool Times’

Pumpkins ‘Golden Nugget’ & ‘Waltham Butternut’ 

Purslane

Shiso ‘Red’

Tomatoes (a dozen different varieties chosen by Kate and Seedsaver Sam)

Sow (and grow) in the hothouse:

Asparagus ‘Mary Washington’ (in containers but outside during summer)

Basil

Capsicums ‘Antohi Romanian’, ‘Lipstick’ & ‘Italia’

Eggplant ‘Lavender Blush’ F1 & ‘Orient Express’ F1

Hey! Hey! Hey! Spring is here now!

It’s seed sowing time! 

 

tomatoes in the new seed rack

You can buy these seeds from my market stall at The Cygnet Market.

If you need any further advice, please ask. My father ran a successful nursery for many years in Adelaide and I have grown up amongst trees, plants and seeds. I want people to be able to grow their own food.

If you would like to purchase Cottage Garden seeds or Native seeds, you can order these from us at Cygnet Market.

All of my products are also available most days from 1pm at The Garden Shed and Pantry, Cygnet

Growing Vegetables South of Australia by Steve Solomon

Steve Solomon - Growing Vegetables South of Australia

Steve Solomon is a gardening legend in Tasmania and prior to that, in the US of A.  Since coming to Tasmania in 1998, Steve has turned his hand to producing vegetables all year round, in Northern Tasmania.  There are over 200 pages in the all-new third edition.

If you grow vegetables or fruit in Tasmania, then this should be the first book you buy.

This fabulous book includes:

  • when to sow every type of vegetable in Tasmania, a year-round Tasmanian planting calendar
  • the best varieties of vegetables to grow in Tasmania, and how and where to get high quality seeds
  • Getting 12 months of food production every year without using a greenhouse; the art of winter gardening
  • Growing melons, eggplant and other heat-lovers without a greenhouse.
  • the basics of natural gardening including soil building, irrigation, garden planning, fertilisers, compost, etc
  • raising vegies without mains water
  • defeating local insect pests, without resorting to chemical poisons and how to work around vegetable diseases.

Steve Solomon has unfailingly grown a huge vegetable garden since 1973.  He is the author of eight previous veggie gardening books, all of these were written for the Cascadia Bioregion (western Oregon and Washington states).  There the climate is a mirror image of Tasmania’s.
Steve founded, built up and later sold a mail-order garden vegetable seed company in the USA.  During those years he grew extensive varietal trials.  Doing this gave him a unique understanding of how to achieve the full food-production potential of our maritime climate.
He lives and gardens on red krasnozem soil in Grindelwald, TAS.  Steve produces over half his family’s food from his garden.  He maintains his health by making his own fresh vegetables a majority of his diet and so concentrates on producing during the winter instead of preserving.

Steve says, “I write REGIONAL garden books providing specific information for a climatic zone. Twice now I have found myself in a region (same climate, strangely) where the indigenous people had no indigenous source of information — Cascadia and Tasmania. So I supply the need. I do this mainly because I wish to engender independent living and non-dependency.”

Steve’s detailed notes include a vegetable  by vegetable guide, as well as informed and informative chapters on soil, water, seed and pests. Many gardeners use the recipe for his Complete Organic Fertiliser with great results.

I am very pleased to be able to sell Steves book (the latest 3rd edition) at the Cygnet Market.

2013 update: Read about the new 5th Edition here.

Berry nice sauce!

The Bruny Island Berry Farm is on Bruny Island.

Bruny Island is lovely.

Kathryn is lovely.

 

Read about our trip to Bruny Island Berry Farm here on Vegetable Vagabond.

Don’t pay $30.00 and wait for the ferry to Bruny Island to get your Berry Sauce (unless you need a pancake or cake fix).

Get your Berry Sauce from The Garden Shed and Pantry, the only off-island stockist of the world famous, Bruny Island Berry Farm Berry Coulis.

Three flavours – Raspberry, Strawberry and Blueberry.

Great on ice-cream and fabulous on yoghurt.

Warning:  Use in moderation or may become addictive.

This week at the Cygnet Market….Fathers Day Nut biscuits.

We’d like to share a great recipe and give away some freshly baked nut biscuits for Fathers’ Day at this Cygnet Market.

All customers who buy hazelnuts, walnuts or pistachios will receive a free (hazelnut, walnut or pistachio) nut biscuit (for Fathers’ Day) and they can  make these great little biscuits with the recipe below from Kate’s mum, Jean.

Nut Biscuits Recipe:

Combine and cream together the following:

250 grams butter,  1 tablespoon vanilla essence,  1/2 cup of icing sugar.

Add 3/4 cup chopped nuts, two cups Four Leaf 85% Light Flour.

Roll into balls and press down on greased baking trays.

Bake for approx 20 minutes at 180 C.

What else do we have at the Cygnet Market this weekend?  Firstly, we now have plenty of cane bread proofing baskets.  These are just $22 and that’s a very good price!

We have been working on our Dukkah range and we will have a new flavour for people to try and buy;

Roasted Hazelnut and Long Pepper.

Of course, we always have a range of Four Leaf products  – including the wonderful 85% Light Flour, ideal for making sourdough bread and pastry and pancakes, nut biscuits! – just about everything.  We also have Rye Flour (for feeding sourdough starter), Rolled Oats, Spelt Flour, Soup Mix, Chick Pea Flour, Split Peas, Cracked Wheat and Muesli Base from Four Leaf Organic Milling.

Gardening products that we will have at the Cygnet Market this Sunday include:

Gardening books, the best gardening tool ever, the Ho-Mi, Harvest knifes, dibbers handcrafted from local timbers, English spades and watering cans of various sizes from Sheffield, England.

Food and related products that we will have at the Cygnet Market this Sunday include:

Cooking books, Organic pasta from L’Abruzzese, Olive oil and olives from Patlin Gardens, Organic almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts, Kates Dukkah, Organic Sunflower oil and other Four Leaf products, Walnut oil, Hughsli Bar-up muesli bars, Honey (local from Karl and orange blossom from South Australia), a wide range of spices (native and other), organic dried vine fruits and yoghurt cultures.

Of course, we always have Sourdough bread kits and spare starter too and we love to talk to people about making sourdough bread.

Don’t forget it’s now Spring and we have a large selection of seeds for sowing now from Southern Harvest Seeds.  A packet of seeds makes a great Fathers Day present for a gardening Dad.

The Cygnet Market is the best market south of Hobart!

The Cygnet Market -from 10am to 2pm this Sunday 2nd September!

See you at the Market!!

Seed Sowing Guide – September

Sow these seeds in September:

Sow these seeds in the garden:

Asian Green ‘Happy Rich’ F1

Broccoli Raab

Broccoli ‘Summer Purple’

Cabbages ‘Munchkin’ F1 and ‘Red Express’

Carrots ‘Merida’ and ‘Scarlet Nantes’

Cauliflower ‘All Year Around’

Chicory ‘Red Rib’

Chervil

Coriander

Edible Chrysanthemum ‘Shungiku’

Kai-Lan ‘Chinese Kale’

Kale ‘Toscano / Cavolo Nero’

Land Cress

Leek ‘Bulgarian Giant’

Lettuces ‘Flashy Trout Back’, ‘Winter Density’, & ‘Rouge d’Hiver’

Miners Lettuce

Onions ‘Red Sheffield’ and ‘Creamgold’

Pak Choi ‘Joi Choi’ F1

Parsley Mix

Radish ‘Watermelon’

Rocket, Wild (organic), and ‘Heirloom’

Shallots ‘Roderique’

Spinach ‘Tyee’ F1, ‘Steadfast’ & ‘Bloomsdale Longstanding’

Spring Onion ‘Red Beard’

Snow Pea ‘Oregon Sugar Pod’

Sow in trays in the hothouse:

Basil

Celery ‘Tall Utah’  

Chamomile ‘Roman’ 

Chives 

Corn, Sweet ‘Legacy F1’  

Melons ‘Mountain Sweet’ and ‘Cool Times’  

Spring Onion ‘Red Beard’  

Tomatoes (a dozen different varieties chosen by Kate and Seedsaver Sam)  

Sow (and grow) in the hothouse:

Asparagus ‘Mary Washington’ (in containers but outside during summer)

Basil

Capsicums ‘Antohi Romanian’, ‘Lipstick’ & ‘Italia’

Eggplant ‘Lavender Blush’ F1 & ‘Orient Express’ F1

Hey! Hey! Hey! Spring is here now!

It’s seed sowing time! 

 

tomatoes in the new seed rack

You can buy these seeds from my market stall at The Cygnet Market.

If you need any further advice, please ask. My father ran a successful nursery for many years in Adelaide and I have grown up amongst trees, plants and seeds. I want people to be able to grow their own food.

If you would like to purchase Cottage Garden seeds or Native seeds, you can order these from us at Cygnet Market.

All of my products are also available most days from 1pm at The Garden Shed and Pantry, Cygnet