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Leafy Green Planting Days in Very Early Autumn

The last three days have been good days by the lumar planting calendar for planting leafy greens – lettuce, parsley, amaranth, endive, celery, silver beet, rocket, basil, dill, coriander, nasturtiums, spring onions, chives….

In my part of Australia this is also one of the best times of the year for planting leafy greens. It is coming into our wet season, and the searing hot frizzle days when leafy greens would need to be wearing a hat and long sleeves and covered in zinc cream to survive are finished.  There’s not so many grasshoppers around now that the predator populations have had a chance to catch up.  And the days are now getting seriously shorter. Most of our vegetables come from Europe. By the time now that they get big enough to think about going to seed, we will be past the equinox and into short days. They will think that we’re heading into snow season so they won’t be in too much of a hurry to bolt to seed.

And I have been too busy to even look at the garden.

Twelve hour work days one after the other.  Just enough time in the morning to water the things in the shadehouse before I leave, and out in the dark with a torch at night picking dinner.

But, I do feel very privileged that I have the kind of garden that will survive times like this.  Picking in the dark is hugely preferable to the late tired dash through bedlam with a shopping trolley that would otherwise be my lot.  And there will be another leafy planting break this weekend, when I plan to make the most of it!


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