Eat food, not too much, mostly plants

These are Michael Pollan’s words and it really is (almost) that simple to stay healthy. I would change it to: eat WHOLE foods, not too much, mostly plants. What I mean is eat foods that have not been processed, like a whole apple, not a peeled one or an apple muesli bar or dried apple rings that have had preservative added. I rarely eat packaged food; I get ingredients and make them into a meal. Simple. That’s what everyone did for all of human history until recently!

Winter is coming
Don’t you love autumn; when the nights begin to chill, the orchard trees begin to lose their leaves and, hopefully, we get glorious rain to soothe the garden. Mice are starting to look for winter hide outs and birds have finished rearing their chicks. Chooks are starting to moult and it is time to plant out garlic again.

Do you ever think of your own body and what it is telling you about all this? Eating seasonal, local ingredients will naturally guide you to eat what you need to stay strong and healthy all year round whereas supermarket shopping will lure you in with bright colours but leave your body confused and irritable.

Now and into April is the time to sow all those beautiful Asian vegetables like bok choy, mizuna, mibuna etc as well as European winter greens kale, spinach, rainbow chard etc. Open any health book and it will tell you to eat LOTS of green, leafy vegetables as the days shorten, so right now is your chance to make eating them as easy as picking them from your own garden.

I love chicories as, during winter, they each put on a beauty pageant like no other winter vegetable! It is not always easy to find the seeds but once you have them, you will see them popping up in your garden from early autumn onwards, forever, if you leave a few to go to seed. In winter they are less bitter but that bitterness is to be treasured, as do European cultures, because they instinctively know that foraging the hillsides for chicories and other winter herbs brings the strength of the land where they live, into the body.

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Seed Sowing Guide – December

Kate’s Tip of the month:

Think about investing some of your holiday time to installing a watering system into your garden.  A relatively small investment will pay big dividends in terms of your watering time (and you will probably use less water too as you can set your watering system to come on at night when the evaporation is minimal and the wind has usually died right down).  If you already have a watering system (clever you) then take some time out to re-check all of the fittings and ensure that the drippers / sprays are not blocked.  

Permaculture Tasmania Seed saving workshop with Kate

Permaculture Tasmania Seed saving workshop with Kate

Sow these seeds in December:

Sow these seeds in the garden:

Beans, (Bush) ‘Windsor Long Pod’, ‘Butter’, Borlotti ‘Red Rooster’ and French ‘Provider’

Beans (Runner) ‘White Dutch’ and ‘Scarlet Emperor’

Beans (Climbing) ‘Kentucky Wonder’

Beetroot ‘Bulls Blood’ & ‘Chioggia’

Broccoli Raab

Broccoli ‘De Cicco’

Cabbage ‘Munchkin’ F1

Carrots ‘Merida’, ‘Amsterdam Forcing’ & ‘Scarlet Nantes’

Cauliflower ‘All Year Around’

Chicory ‘Red Rib’ 

Chives

Cucumber ‘Lebanese Sultan F1’

Dill, ‘Bouquet’

English Marigold

Kale ‘Toscano / Cavolo Nero’ &’Dwarf Blue Curled’

Kohl Rabi ‘Superschmelz’

Komatsuna ‘Green’

Leek ‘Bulgarian Giant’

Lettuces ‘Flashy Trout Back’, ‘Royal Oak Green’, & ‘Rouge d’Hiver’

Marrow ‘Long Green’

Mizuna ‘Purple’

Nasturtians

Pak Choi ‘Red Choi’ F1

Parsley Mix

Parsnip ‘Melbourne Whiteskin’

Pumpkin ‘Delicata’, ‘Golden Nugget’ & ‘Spaghetti Squash’

Radicchio ‘Rossa de Treviso’

Radish ‘Easter Egg’

Rocket

Silverbeet ‘Rainbow Chard’

Snow Pea ‘Oregon Sugar Pod’

Spring Onion ‘Bunching’

Sugar Snap Peas

Turnip ‘Purpletop Whiteglobe’ & ‘Hakurei’ F1

Winter Savory

We also have Marigolds and Nasturtiums which are great companion plants for your vegie seeds.

Sow in trays in the hothouse:

Basil ‘Genova’

Celery ‘Tall Utah’

Chamomile ‘Roman’

Corn, Sweet ‘Max F1′

Hyssop

Purslane ‘Red’

Tomatoes (six different varieties chosen by Kate and Seedsaver Sam)

Zucchini ‘Costata Romanesco’

Sow (and grow) in the hothouse:

Basil ‘Genova’

 

tomatoes in one of the seed racks

Kate’s Tip of the month:

Think about investing some of your holiday time to installing a watering system into your garden.  A relatively small investment will pay big dividends in terms of your watering time (and you will probably use less water too as you can set your watering system to come on at night when the evaporation is minimal and the wind has usually died right down).  If you already have a watering system (clever you) then take some time out to re-check all of the fittings and ensure that the drippers / sprays are not blocked. 

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

Look out for the monthly seed sowing guide on the last day of the month, every month!

Seed Sowing Guide – November

Kate’s Tip of the month:

November in Tasmania is a good time to think about mulching fruit trees.  Starting with a layer of sheep manure or blood and bone add anything you have at hand – grass clippings, prunings, spent vegetable garden debris, straw, all layered into a deep heap at the drip line. This will achieve several things; first it will feed the soil life, which in turn will nourish the fine feeder roots of the trees. Also it will prevent the soil drying out, necessary for the microbes in the top of the soil to multiply and to keep the roots of the trees moist.

Permaculture Tasmania Seed saving workshop with Kate

Permaculture Tasmania Seed saving workshop with Kate

Sow these seeds in November:

Sow these seeds in the garden:

Beans, (Bush) ‘Windsor Long Pod’, ‘Butter’, Borlotti ‘Red Rooster’ and French ‘Provider’

Beans (Runner) ‘White Dutch’ and ‘Scarlet Emperor’

Beetroot ‘Bulls Blood’ & ‘Chioggia’

Broccoli Raab

Broccoli ‘De Cicco’

Cabbage ‘Munchkin’ F1

Carrots ‘Merida’, ‘Amsterdam Forcing’ & ‘Scarlet Nantes’

Cauliflower ‘All Year Around’

Chicory ‘Red Rib’ 

Chives

Cucumber ‘Lebanese Sultan F1’

Dill, ‘Bouquet’

English Marigold

Kale ‘Toscano / Cavolo Nero’ &’Dwarf Blue Curled’

Kohl Rabi ‘Superschmelz’

Komatsuna ‘Green’

Leek ‘Bulgarian Giant’

Lettuces ‘Flashy Trout Back’, ‘Royal Oak Green’, & ‘Rouge d’Hiver’

Marrow ‘Long Green’

Mizuna ‘Purple’

Nasturtians

Pak Choi ‘Red Choi’ F1

Parsley Mix

Parsnip ‘Melbourne Whiteskin’

Pumpkin ‘Delicata’, ‘Golden Nugget’ & ‘Spaghetti Squash’

Radicchio ‘Rossa de Treviso’

Radish ‘Easter Egg’

Rocket

Silverbeet ‘Rainbow Chard’

Snow Pea ‘Oregon Sugar Pod’

Spring Onion ‘Bunching’

Sugar Snap Peas

Turnip ‘Purpletop Whiteglobe’ & ‘Hakurei’ F1

Winter Savory

We also have Marigolds and Nasturtiums which are great companion plants for your vegie seeds.

Sow in trays in the hothouse:

Basil ‘Genova’

Celery ‘Tall Utah’

Chamomile ‘Roman’

Corn, Sweet ‘Max F1′

Purslane ‘Red’

Tomatoes (six different varieties chosen by Kate and Seedsaver Sam)

Zucchini ‘Costata Romanesco’

Sow (and grow) in the hothouse:

Basil ‘Genova’

Capsicums ‘Antohi Romanian’

Hey! Hey! Hey! Spring is here now!

It’s seed sowing time!

tomatoes in one of the seed racks

Kate’s Tip of the month:

November in Tasmania is a good time to think about mulching fruit trees.  Starting with a layer of sheep manure or blood and bone add anything you have at hand – grass clippings, prunings, spent vegetable garden debris, straw, all layered into a deep heap at the drip line. This will achieve several things; first it will feed the soil life, which in turn will nourish the fine feeder roots of the trees. Also it will prevent the soil drying out, necessary for the microbes in the top of the soil to multiply and to keep the roots of the trees moist. 

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

Look out for the monthly seed sowing guide on the last day of the month, every month.

Seed Sowing Guide – October

Kate’s Tip of the month:

October in Tasmania usually means beans.  Bush beans and climbing beans are a very nutritious and easy to grow crop.  You can even get artistic with your frame for the beans to climb on.  If you have a problem with grass in your garden beds, sow your seeds in trays.  Don’t forget October is also a great month to start herbs. 

Permaculture Tasmania Seed saving workshop with Kate

Permaculture Tasmania Seed saving workshop with Kate

Sow these seeds in October:

Sow these seeds in the garden:

Beans, (Bush) ‘Windsor Long Pod’, ‘Butter’, Borlotti ‘Red Rooster’ and French ‘Provider’

Beans (Runner) ‘White Dutch’ and ‘Scarlet Emperor’

Beetroot ‘Bulls Blood’ & ‘Chioggia’

Broccoli Raab

Broccoli ‘De Cicco’

Cabbage ‘Munchkin’ F1

Carrots ‘Merida’, ‘Amsterdam Forcing’ & ‘Scarlet Nantes’

Cauliflower ‘All Year Around’

Chicory ‘Red Rib’ 

Chives

Dill, ‘Bouquet’

English Marigold

Kale ‘Toscano / Cavolo Nero’ &’Dwarf Blue Curled’

Kohl Rabi ‘Superschmelz’

Komatsuna ‘Green’

Leek ‘Bulgarian Giant’

Lettuces ‘Flashy Trout Back’, ‘Royal Oak Green’, & ‘Rouge d’Hiver’

Mizuna ‘Purple’

Onions ‘Red Sheffield’, ‘Creamgold’ &’Domenica Sweet’

Pak Choi ‘Red Choi’ F1

Parsley Mix

Parsnip ‘Melbourne Whiteskin’

Radicchio ‘Rossa de Treviso’

Radish ‘Easter Egg’

Rocket

Shallots ‘Roderique’

Silverbeet ‘Rainbow Chard’

Snow Pea ‘Oregon Sugar Pod’

Spinach ‘Steadfast’

Spring Onion ‘Bunching’

Sugar Snap Peas

Swede ‘Tasmanian Butter’

Turnip ‘Purpletop Whiteglobe’ & ‘Hakurei’ F1

Winter Savory

Sow in trays in the hothouse:

Basil ‘Genova’

Celery ‘Tall Utah’

Chamomile ‘Roman’

Corn, Sweet ‘Max F1′

Purslane ‘Red’

Tomatoes (six different varieties chosen by Kate and Seedsaver Sam)

Zucchini ‘Costata Romanesco’

Sow (and grow) in the hothouse:

Basil ‘Genova’

Capsicums ‘Antohi Romanian’

Hey! Hey! Hey! Spring is here now!

It’s seed sowing time!

tomatoes in one of the seed racks

Kate’s Tip of the month:

October in Tasmania usually means beans.  Bush beans and climbing beans are a very nutritious and easy to grow crop.  You can even get artistic with your frame for the beans to climb on.  If you have a problem with grass in your garden beds, sow your seeds in trays.  Don’t forget October is also a great month to start herbs. 

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

Seed Sowing Guide – September

Kate’s Tip of the month:

The start of spring means that plants are bursting into life, so feeding them is really important.  Using a complete organic fertiliser will improve the soil as well as provide nutrients for your plants.  Use soluble fertiliser on newly planted seedlings and on bulbs as they finish flowering.  Feed potted plants with slow-release fertiliser and re-pot if required. 

 

Permaculture Tasmania Seed saving workshop with Kate

Permaculture Tasmania Seed saving workshop with Kate

Sow these seeds in September:

Sow these seeds in the garden:

Artichoke ‘Purple Globe’

Broccoli Raab

Broccoli ‘Purple Sprouting’ & ‘De Cicco’

Cabbages ‘Munchkin’ F1 and ‘Red Express’

Carrots ‘Merida’, ‘Amsterdam Forcing’ & ‘Scarlet Nantes’

Cauliflower ‘All Year Around’

Chicory ‘Red Rib’ & ‘Pain de Sucre’

Coriander

Kale ‘Toscano / Cavolo Nero’

Kohl Rabi ‘Superschmelz’ & ‘Kolibri’

Komatsuna ‘Green’

Leek ‘Bulgarian Giant’

Lettuces ‘Flashy Trout Back’, ‘Royal Oak Green’, & ‘Rouge d’Hiver’

Mibuna

Mizuna ‘Purple’

Onions ‘Red Sheffield’ and ‘Creamgold’

Pak Choi ‘Red Choi’ F1

Parsley Mix

Parsnip ‘Melbourne Whiteskin’

Radish ‘Easter Egg’

Rocket

Shallots ‘Roderique’

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

Snow Pea ‘Oregon Sugar Pod’

Sugar Snap Peas

Turnip ‘Purpletop Whiteglobe’

Sow in trays in the hothouse:

Basil ‘Genova’

Celery ‘Tall Utah’

Chamomile ‘Roman’

Chives

Corn, Sweet ‘Max F1′

Spring Onion ‘Bunching’

Tomatoes (six different varieties chosen by Kate and Seedsaver Sam)

Zucchini ‘Costata Romanesco’

Sow (and grow) in the hothouse:

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

Basil ‘Genova’

Capsicums ‘Antohi Romanian’

Hey! Hey! Hey! Spring is here now!

It’s seed sowing time!

tomatoes in one of the seed racks

Kate’s Tip of the month:

The start of spring means that plants are bursting into life, so feeding them is really important.  Using a complete organic fertiliser will improve the soil as well as provide nutrients for your plants.  Use soluble fertiliser on newly planted seedlings and on bulbs as they finish flowering.  Feed potted plants with slow-release fertiliser and re-pot if required. 

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

Seed Sowing Guide – August

Kate’s Tip of the month:

If it’s good enough for the Botanic Gardens, then it’s good enough for me (and you).  Now is the time to start sowing tomato seeds (on a heated tray in a hothouse).

Permaculture Tasmania Seed saving workshop with Kate

Permaculture Tasmania Seed saving workshop with Kate

Sow these seeds in August:

Sow these seeds in the garden

Broadbeans ‘Coles Dwarf’, ‘Crimson Flowering’ and ‘Aquadulce’

Carrots ‘Merida’, ‘Amsterdam Forcing’ and ‘Scarlet Nantes’

Onions ‘Red Sheffield’, ‘Creamgold’ and ‘Domenica Sweet’

Sow these seeds in trays to transplant:

Artichoke ‘Purple Globe’

Broccoli Raab

Broccoli ‘Purple Sprouting’ and ‘De Cicco’

Cabbages ‘Munchkin’ F1 and ‘Red Express’

Cauliflower ‘All Year Round’

Chives

Coriander

Kale ‘Toscano / Cavolo Nero’ and ‘Dwarf Blue Curled’

Kohl Rabi ‘Kolibri’ F1, ’Superschmelz’

Komatsuna, green

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

Mibuna

Mizuna ‘Purple’

Pak-Choi ’Red Choi’ F1

Parsnip ‘Melbourne Whiteskin’

Peas ‘Sugarsnap’ and Snow peas ‘Oregon Sugar Pod’ (only in the hothouse or in a frost-free location)

Radicchio ‘Rossa di Treviso’

Radish ‘Easter Egg’,

Rocket,  ‘Heirloom’

Shallots ‘Roderique’

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

Spring Onions ‘Bunching’

Tomatoes (various varieties available)

Turnip ‘Purple Top White Globe’

Kate’s Tip of the month:

If it’s good enough for the Botanic Gardens, then it’s good enough for me (and you).  Now is the time to start sowing tomato seeds (on a heated tray in a hothouse).

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

If you need any further advice, please ask. My father (and grandfather) ran a very 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

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