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Say what... Magazine : 1611
PAG E 22 Say what... Digital Magazine • Issue 35 • November 2016 • • http://saywhat.nz A monthly guide for new home gardeners. gr ass roots: gardening @ home Time to Plant... November's sunshine also brings with it drier soil and the risk of sunburn to tender young leaves and seedlings, so some plants are not suited to moving into fresh homes at this part of the year. You can still plant a lot though, including: beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrots and parsnips, lettuce, leeks and spring onions, peppers (capsicum and chillies), spinach and silverbeet, sweetcorn and tomatoes. Explore 'companion planting' to help control pests naturally. 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. Mulch around the garden, plant out your Summer veges and remember to rotate your crops - planting the same varieties in the same spots depletes the soil faster. Plant beans to re-nitrogenate the soil. Summer Annuals can go into the new beds. To avoid root-rot, water early in the morning, not at night. Watering during the day can cause leaf burn. Lawn Care... The growth rate of your lawn will explode, if it hasn't already done so. The longer days and brighter sun gives plants more energy to put into pollination and seed production. Unwanted broad-leaf weeds in the lawn will be very obvious by now, so be sure to dig them right out before you mow. Mow regularly - weekly is best, fortnightly if you need to, but anything longer than that will cause your mower no end of stress. Keep tabs on the ground moisture levels, you may need to think about putting the sprinkler on briefly in the evenings.