Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – December – Permaculture

December is the primary month of summer time, and with the hotter climate gardens explode into life – lush, ample and superior to behold. With the times getting longer as we progress in the direction of the longest day of the 12 months, the summer time solstice, there’s extra time to benefit from the backyard and the good outside!

Throughout this time, temperatures can attain extremes as the times warmth up, and gardens can get fairly dry, so maintaining with the watering is essential. Pests may even emerge with the hotter climate so preserve a watch out for them!

‘Chop & Drop’ any broad beans or peas after harvesting, ‘chop’ the tops at floor degree, and ‘drop’ on high of the soil as mulch, depart the roots within the floor to return any nitrogen within the root nodules to the soil.

As unusual as it could appear, early summer time is the time to sow some winter brassicas reminiscent of broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and swedes, to allow them to be harvested in winter.

Issues to Do This Month:

  • High up or add additional mulch round fruit bushes and crops to retain moisture within the soil and forestall water loss from evaporation (preserve mulch away from plant stems and trunks as this may trigger stem rot/collar rot).
  • Propagate climbers by layering and propagate strawberries by pegging down runners onto soil.
  • Propagate crops by taking softwood (inexperienced) cuttings from now until January (after which they start to harden off).
  • Final probability to plant potted fruit bushes and vines to beat the summer time warmth (having roots, could be planted anytime, however finest in spring & autumn). Be sure to decide a day when the climate is gentle!
  • Proceed tying rising vines and brambleberries reminiscent of blackberries and their hybrids again to helps or wires.Skinny out fruit on plum bushes if there’s a threat of branches breaking.
  • Final probability to plant tomatoes and capsicum seedlings.
  • If you should add new fish to ponds or water gardens, this is a perfect time as they acclimatise simpler within the hotter climate.

Greens and Herbs to Sow:

Sow in December Harvest (weeks)
Amaranth ds 7-8
Angelica ds 18 months
Asparagus d 2-3 years
Asparagus Pea d 8-11
Beetroot ds 7-10
Borage ds 8-10
Burdock d 17-18
Cape Gooseberry ds 14-16
Carrot d 12-18
Chilli s Sep 11
Chives ds 7-11
Choko d 17
Climbing beans d Sep 11
Cucumber d 8-10
Dwarf beans d 7-10
French tarragon d 30-40 days
Kohlrabi d 7-10
Lettuce ds 8-12
Mustard greens d 5-8
Oregano s 6-8
Parsley ds 9-19
Pumpkin ds 15-20
Radish d 5-7
Rosella s 21-25
Rosemary d 12 months
Sage d 18 months
Silverbeet ds 7-12
Sunflower ds 10-11
Candy corn ds 11-14
Turnip d 6-9

Key:
d = sow immediately into floor
s = sow in seed tray
ds = sow immediately into floor or seed tray
*= frost tender
**= sow after frost

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