This is my personal growing calendar for Perth conditions during the month of March. I will talk about local conditions, what worked as expected and what didn’t. 🙂 🙂
Normally still hot and muggy with only a few rainy days so keep up with your hand watering. I find fungus (due to perfect conditions for them), snails/slugs and tomato grubs my main issues.
- Beans, beetroot leaves, broccoli
- Choy sum, coriander, corn, chrysanthemums
- Garlic bulbs
- Land cress
- Leaf beets, leeks
- Marigolds, mediterranean herbs, mint
- Nasturtium flowers
- onions (brown/yellow, white, spring)
- Pak Choi, potatoes
- Spinach, sweet potatoes
- Asian greens e.g. choy sum
- Chilis, citrus
- English greens
- Kaffir lime leaves
- Radishes and their leaves for salads
- Roots like ginger and galangal
- Spray with Dipel and pyrethrum to manage grubs and caterpillars.
- Add nitrogen and potassium to fruiting plants.
- Give herb gardens a good trim.
- Check for caterpillar damage.
- Move pots around if they need more or less shade.
- Trim to yellowing asparagus fronds 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.
- Slow feed your roses for the coming ‘chilly’ weather and watch for pests.
- Preserve chilis for winter by freezing, pickling and drying.
- Refrigerate the bulbs for about a week to improve germination success (thanks to Jean Davis and Ben Davis for this tip).
- Harvest any asparagus.
- Tend to plant any new chilis.
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It has been a windy, mild summer. The garden seems to be less singed by the sun than normal. Sensitive greens and plants like coriander are benefiting from it.
Edit – second week of March has was hot and muggy. Plants did not like it much.
- I am not getting any Serrano or Bhut Jolokia chilis which is strange. The other chilis however are groaning under the weight of their pods.
- I am getting lots of tomatoes – multiple varieties.
- I am growing spring onions, from the roots of mature plants I got at the grocery store, with great success.
Nursery seedlings (that caught the eye):
- Bananas, bay, beans – snake, runner, french and broad
- Beetroot, berries (logan, black and blue), brussel sprouts
- Cabbages, carrots, cauliflowers, comfrey
- Garlic bulbs
- Jalapeno chili peppers (I wouldn’t)
- Leeks, lemons, lettuce
- Onion – wide variety
- Passionfruit vines, peas, potatoes
- Rhubarb, rocket
- Silverbeet, sweet potato
- Tomatoes – wide variety