It’s the beginning of a new season and although we still enjoy warm sunny days, the cooler nights are starting to set in. Our menu has changed and so will the way we manage our vegetable garden. Read more on Sally’s gardening tips for autumn and the change in our menu.
During this time, replenish the soil by planting peas, broad beans, asparagus, fennel and spinach and protect them from bugs by planting or sowing directly onto your garden beds a variety of onions and wild garlic. It’s a tricky season for bugs and they tend to avoid these plants. Also be sure to keep grass and weeds at a minimum around vegetable beds and remove parts of the plant infected by bugs as disease tends to spread quickly during the warm, wet months of autumn.
Autumn is also known as harvest season and during these cooler months we will harvest the cabbage, spinach, cauliflower and broccoli that we planted mid-summer last year. These nutrient-rich vegetables will make it into chef Maritz’s vegetable broth, on the autumn menu of the restaurant.
This is also the time to save your seeds. According to Sally Raats, the main thing to do this time of the year is to save your seeds on the plant where they will for as long as possible still be able to extract energy from the plant. However, be sure to cut them off before the rainy season starts and keep them warm, dry and safe on a window sill until planting time.
Last but not least, cover your garden beds with a mulch to retain moisture and be diligent in picking slugs of your baby lettuce!