Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Local weather) – December – Deep Inexperienced Permaculture


December is the primary month of summer season, 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 yr, the summer season solstice, there’s extra time to benefit from the backyard and the nice open air!

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

‘Chop & Drop’ any broad beans or peas after harvesting, ‘chop’ the tops at floor degree, and ‘drop’ on prime 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 might appear, early summer season is the time to sow some winter brassicas akin to broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and swedes, to allow them to be harvested in winter.

Issues to Do This Month:

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 September 11
Chives ds 7-11
Choko d 17
Climbing beans d September 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 straight into floor
s = sow in seed tray
ds = sow straight into floor or seed tray
*= frost tender
**= sow after frost

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