March: Perth Gardening

This is my personal growing calendar for Perth conditions during the month of March.
The main calendar page is here and explains why I am doing this and what you can expect.

Conditions:

Still hot and only a few rainy days so keep up with your hand watering. I find fungus (due to perfect conditions for them) and snails/slugs my main issues.

Plant:

  • beetroot
  • broccoli
  • chrysanthemums
  • garlic bulbs – thanks Ben and Jean Davis for your tips, apparently you refrigerate the bulbs for about a week to improve germination success.
  • leaf beets (perpetual spinach)
  • leeks
  • marigolds
  • nasturtium flowers
  • potatoes √
  • spinach
  • spring onions
  • sweet potatoes √
  • tomatoes – cherry

Harvest:

  • beans
  • beetroot leaves
  • chili peppers
  • choy sum
  • coriander
  • corn
  • land cress
  • leaf beets (perpetual spinach)
  • limes (common)
  • limes (kaffir)
  • mediterranean herbs – thyme, oregano etc
  • mint
  • pak choi
  • radishes and leaves for salads
  • tomatoes

My star performers:

  • cayenne peppers
  • coriander – they are in full sun and I am amazed they are not bolting.
  • jalapeño peppers
  • leaf beets (perpetual spinach)
  • limes (common)
  • radishes

My strugglers:

  • beans – I think because I didn’t replenish their soil’s nitrogen enough after a very bountiful crop.

Jobs:

  • if asparagus fronds are yellowing, trim to 2 cm above the ground
  • keep an eye on mildew etc as the warm weather and rainfall are perfect conditions
  • make snail traps
  • keep weeds to a minimum, the rainfall can lead to weed explosions
  • power feed blossoming vegetables as their efforts will leave the soil low in nitrogen
  • slow feed your roses for the coming ‘chilly’ weather and watch for pests
  • preserve chilis by freezing, pickling and drying

Don’t:

  • harvest any asparagus.

Nursery seedlings (that caught the eye):

  • bananas
  • bay
  • beans – snake, runner, french and broad
  • beetroot
  • berries – logan, black and blue
  • brussel sprouts
  • cabbages
  • carrots, wide variety
  • cauliflowers
  • comfrey
  • garlic
  • jalapeno chili peppers
  • kale
  • leeks
  • lemons
  • lettuce
  • nasturtium flowers
  • onion – wide variety
  • passionfruit vines
  • peas – notably dutch heirloom
  • potatoes – including sweet
  • rhubarb
  • rocket
  • silverbeet
  • tomatoes – wide variety
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