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How do you remember what and when to plant?

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  1. Lois

    Lois Active Member Premium Member GOLD

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    Hello, I live on a station at Loch Lomond Queensland. The garden was here when we came. Remembering to plant what for the season and learning the seasons here is the hardest thing. 20170429_171154.jpg
     
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    Hi there Lois & welcome.
    I thought I knew every place in Queensland but I am strolling to remember Loch Lomond.
    Is it west of Rocky?
     
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    Lois Active Member Premium Member GOLD

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    Between Warwick and Killarny.
     
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    Hi Lois welcome to the group.

    As far as what to grow when, there are several online guides that will tell you what to grow in your area. https://www.gardenate.com/ Is one and yo can get email notifications telling you what to grow each month, week etc.

    I find they are only a guide and that actually experience for your garden doesn’t quiet match the guide. Asking people who live near you what they grow when can be helpful.
     
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    Welcome Lois. For me it's when time permits, and that is my biggest determining factor for most things, which is no example for others.
     
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    I second Letsgo's suggestion of Gardenate. It's a handy monthly guide. I use it set as "arid" for summer, and "temperate" for winter, and found that more successful. Last year had too much die on me in the summer months.
    Another handy site that sends monthly emails is Sustainable Gardening Australia.
    After a year or two, you will have worked out exactly what works for you.
     
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    Lois Active Member Premium Member GOLD

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    Thanks for the info. re Gardenate. I have bee harvesting a little every morning 6 or 8 tomatoes, 4 to 8 asparagus, 3 or 4 strawberries. One cabbage nearly ready, zucchini flowering, rockmelons flowering,potatoes flowering, bushing beans flowering. Cabbages and onions looking good. Pumpkins, corn, sweet potatoes good. Pawpaws just planted ( they came up late). Our winter did not end till a couple of weeks ago so everything is a bit late to previous years. I have a seed grown red apple 4 inches high, I don't think I can call it a tree yet. I planted 3 green apple seeds in the green house, I cut an apple and they were sprouting, I hope they grow. Will have seeds soon from store bought broccoli and brussel sprouts which I planted the cut off peices and some grew. I planted a ginger root about a month ago but haven't seen any sprouting yet. Maybe it's been too cool. Love rezding the different messages.
     
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    Sounds like you're well on the way, Lois.
    I've been harvesting zucchinis for a few weeks, but just harvested my first tomato yesterday (although have had a few cherry tomatoes already). Cucumbers and corn coming on too.
     
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    Hi @Lois , welcome to SSC and sorry I couldn't upgrade your membership to Premium earlier - this has been one hell of a year!!!

    The best way to figure out what grows better and when is to observe and keep a reference of what does well and what fails. Use growing guides as a rough guide but every property is slightly different and also plant adaptation plays a big role so be sure to let lots of plants go to seed and come up on their own. :)
     
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    Thanks DarrenP and Mark, the cabbages where ( what I call lucky dips) self sown which has continued for 5 years now since we first moved here and they seeded before we got our head around the garden. It is very confusing. Moved from Clifton about 50Kms to here and it is another climate and soil type. Every season is different. It is getting easier. Soil was moved in by previous, with accompanying weeds. I have also had an Alternaria Alternata allergy, which with immunotherapy has got me so I can weed, trim, pick and mow wearing gloves and mask. It is so nice being able to play with plants, just can't get my feet in the dirt yet.
     
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    What you call lucky dips, we call them volunteers. Mostly come out of the compost. This year I've had pumpkins, tomatoes and what I think is a cucumber so far. So many pumpkins in fact that I really didn't need to sow any myself.
     
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    DarrenP that is great isn't it. We have a few volunteer pumpkins too.
     
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    I've had to pull a few volunteer pumpkins out, so they don't contaminate the seeds of specific varieties I'm growing.
     
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    Beautiful place there Lois, thanks for sharing your experiences so far.
     
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    Lois Active Member Premium Member GOLD

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    Thanks Ash. I love this place. It is a live copy of the picture I daydream drew as a kid. So I am in my heaven, lumpy though but lovely.
     
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    Wow that Gardenate site is wonderful. I have printed the planting guide for Dec and Jan. Love that it has harvest times to. Really helps planning as our autumn winter can get cold. Thanks for the tip.
     
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    Helen Auriga Ecological Farming & Landcare Premium Member GOLD

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    Hi Lois.
    Welcome.
    I started out with Gardenate; also don't mind the Gardentags app except our broadband here is so slow and it often doesn't work so can only check it if I'm in town (good excuse to stop in at the club, avail myself of their airconditioning and wifi). Thankfully the ssc forum doesn't require fast broadband for me to contribute.
     
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