I have some perennials in the shadehouse that I am waiting for an opportunity to plant out – some sage and thyme, some seedling lemon trees and an avocado tree – but there are bushfires not too far away and the weather is brutal on plants right now. In some places this will be a good time of year to plant perennials. Here, early autumn is a better bet. Our wet season runs from January through to April, and since we hardly get winter frosts, there is enough time for things to establish before winter dormancy.
This time of year in this part of the world it’s all about fruiting annuals. I have more corn and beans and tomatoes and eggplants and capsicums and trombochino and squash and pumpkins and cucumbers and zucchini in the shadehouse than I will have room to plant out. So it’s just another round of the regular, staple roots this time – carrots and beets. I hate daylight saving. It steals time from me in the morning when I could usefully use it and gives it back to me of an evening. But I managed this morning to find half an hour to plant out these beets, pot on the ones in the seed germinating box, and plant another round of seed. Hopefully I’ll get to the carrots tomorrow – bit late for the planting break but near enough.