Setting up a Planting Schedule

Amanda Anderson • 9 Jan 2011

rows of potatoes

I managed to get back out in the garden today and dig up a bit more of the weeds. It was all made harder because hubby broke my grubber yesterday trying to dig a ditch. I decided that now I should do up a planting schedule of what I want in the garden, so that I make sure I plant what I want when it should be.

I found a great website with a full planting guide called Garden Grow, according to temperatures throughout New Zealand. It was surprising to find out that lettuce can be planted all year round apparently. Not sure if I want to put that one to the test but it is making me think about getting a greenhouse - lets just add it to the list of never ending jobs at this place.

Asparagus takes 2-3 years before you can have your first harvest, and I can't plant it until August, so that's going to be a long time away, but I'll plant it anyway if I can get my hands on some seeds.

My biggest disappointment is our climate is not suitable to plant kumara (sweet potato) as it is a vege that both me and my hubby love but I'll probably give it a try once and see how it goes. Again, this is another thing that will have to wait until later this year ...

What I can plant at the moment is broccoli, cabbage, leeks, basically your autumn/winter veges. There's also a range of herbs that I can put in the garden - fresh herbs always make your food taste better so I'm looking forward to when they are ready.

This week I'm planning on finishing the digging, putting in the rest of the sprinkler system and planting a few veges.

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  • It rains in Ned Zed, and with that great mountain soil...
    It's jealous I am.... Keep a lookout for those orcs, I understand they can positively destroy a garden...

    Posted by Stone, 14/01/2011 1:24am (8 years ago)

  • I am still laughing!!! Its history repeating for sure

    Posted by Nan, 11/01/2011 11:00am (8 years ago)

  • We plant in the spring. Except for the pumpkins - they are later in the summer for a fall harvest. We don't have a very large plot, so there isn't a whole lot of planning involved. Hope your sweet potatoes grow!

    Posted by Amy Warden, 10/01/2011 12:12pm (8 years ago)

  • When I moved in to my former house, there was Asparagus already growing. We ate fresh Asparagus every few days. Unfortunately the neighbors bushes came across under ground and killed the roots of the Asparagus. Maybe I should plant Asparagus again..
    Great blog and gets me thinking about springtime and a garden.

    Posted by Michael, 10/01/2011 9:23am (8 years ago)

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