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PAG E 22 Say what... Digital Magazine • Issue 34 • October 2016 • • http://saywhat.nz A monthly guide for new home gardeners. gr aSS rootS: gardening @ home Time to Plant... October brings us into the start of the "hot fruits" season, and it's time to start planting your capsicums, chillies, sweetcorn, pumpkins and tomatoes. Continue to plant beans, broccoli, beetroot, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, leeks, spring onions, parsnips, potatoes, peas, spinach and silverbeet too. Staggering your planting allows you to extend your harvest periods without overloading and possibly wasting some of your crops. Now is also a good time to start collecting good jars that would otherwise go out into the recycling, so you can use them for your home-made preserves in a few months time. Harvesting and Maintenance... Citrus is still the main home-grown crop at this time of year. Explore making your own curds, preserves and spreads - you can give them away at Christmas for that special made-by-me gift. Prepare any remaining vege patches with a good compost, and try to include plant feeding additives like blood-& -bone, rabbit and/or sheep pellets for extra healthy soil. If your area still gets frosts, sprout your Summer veges indoors and replant them next month. Lift and divide your bulbs, and store for next year. Lawn Care... Broad-leaf weeds are now in full swing, so should be very easy to spot. Dig them out, making sure you get the full tap root to prevent regrowth. Despite the remaining wet weather, make sure you mow and trim edges regularly from now on, to keep the lawns under control - at least once a fortnight if not weekly. Any longer than that and you'll find it hard going on your mower and you may end up with unexpected maintenance needs or repair bills. Also, be sure to check for stones that may have migrated to the surface while the wet weather had the soil softer and more pliable.