just wanted to briefly introduce myself.
I was born and grew up in Austria – the one without kangaroos, that constantly gets mixed up with Australia – and up to now spent time living and working in Israel and Germany. However DH found a great new job so off we are to far north SA.
Well, technically my profile info is wrong as I am still living in the middle of Germany until the end of October but I’m looking forward to Australia so much, so I thought I might get used to that new flag in my profile already ;-)
I used to have a small vegetable garden in our backyard in Germany and though constant rain and “helpful” neighbors got in my way I absolutely enjoyed it and am now, in fall, enjoying the supply of fresh veggies even more and absolutely don’t want to miss it in Australia!
Thus DH and me have already found ourselves a beautiful house with a front yard featuring native bushes and trees and subsurface irrigation already in place and a well-sized backyard with plenty of space for vegetable beds. The only thing that troubles me right now is that when we move “down under” by the end of October it might be too late into the season for my beloved heirloom seeds!? You think there’s hope I can get away with that late start into the season?
Alright … what more …
I’m the lazy organic gardener style and am constantly pushing the boundary of laziness as in: With how little effort can I get away if I just plan my garden smart to begin with? I guess in Germany I got a away with a lot since my garden really needed little maintaining.
Thus I really like companion planting both for the effects of pest-reduction, optimum usage of space available, weed control (no bare soil = no weed) and for the beauty of a vegetable garden that looks like a jungle. And I have been bitten by the heirloom bug – just don’t get why people chose to eat the same tomato variety all over when there are (literally) thousands of different sorts around …
guess that’s enough for the moment, isn’t it?
anyway hope to read you guys a lot these days!
Hi namida & welcome to myfolia…good luck on your impending move to Aussie!
I don’t live in SA & am not very knowledgeable about their weather but you’ll find that in most places in Australia, you can grow something despite what time of year it is. And when you arrive, it will still be spring, so you’ll be able to put in a lot of things if you have time to do it as soon as you come over.
For example, SA is classed as ‘temperate’ (same as most of VIC), & in October/November, you can (according to the wee chart I have hanging on my wall) put in the following: kale, leek, pak choy, radish, spring onion, strawberry, turnip (just but probably leaving too late), cabbage, celery/celeriac (just), fennel, lettuce, mache/lamb’s lettuce (just), rocket/arugula, tatsoi, beans (bush & climbing), corn, cucumber, ground cherry, okra, pumpkin, squash, sunflower, tomato, zucchini, capsicum, chillies, eggplant, peanut, rockmelon, watermelon, and most (if not all) herbs!
It will be way too late in the year to put your bare rooted fruit trees in but you might be able to get some nice potted trees if you’re wanting to have fruit trees (although I personally think they do better when put in as bare rooted specimens…so if you can wait until winter next year, it might be better). The exception, of course, are trees that don’t go dormant in winter & you’ll find Australia has a lot of options! There are probably lots of trees you might not have even heard of before (I know that has been the case for me as I have moved here from New Zealand)…if you’ve got the space, it can be fun to experiment a bit :)
Good luck & we look forward to reading more on how you’re going!
Far North SA, but still coastal hopefully? As Ephiphany says there should be still time to get plants going, just so long as you don’t have the heat extremes (depending just how far North (inland) it is, although Port Augusta may be it?)
Wicking beds may be the go for the vegies, they’d at least give you an edge if you have extreme conditions.
Have a look at Scarecrow’s Garden too, there is a lot of experience between her and Doc.
Thanks for the warm welcome!
actually it’s about 200km north of Port Augusta (Woomera area) … I just put Port August in figuring everything farther up north won’t quite be known anymore. There’s just no town there anymore …
As far as I’ve found it seems to be one of the warmest regions of SA, so it will probably qualify for “warm” instead of temperate climate.
Ah, hot and dry then – very similar to Scarecrows environment so definitely visit her blog, she (they) have a wealth of experience.
I’ll check it out, thanks a lot!
Edit: Unfortunately she seems not to be on folia anymore :-(