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RANGE OF FABRICS
Get sowing now
By LYNDA HALLINAN
SPACE SAVERS: Microgreens are baby vegie or herb seedlings that are
harvested while very young.
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If the long drought has put
your autumn sowing schedule
right off track, think outside the
square: substitute slow crops with
While standard broccoli takes
up to 120 days to form a mature
head, Chinese broccoli or Kailaan'
(from Yates) is ready to harvest in
50 to 60 days.
Rather than forming a large
central head, this sprouting bras-
sica has loads of crisp, tender side
shoots that taste just like broccoli
stems. It's great for stir-fries. Pick
the stalks before the flower buds
open. Sow direct in full sun -- it
germinates in about a week and
grows rapidly. Protect from snails,
slugs and those nasty white
cabbage butterfly caterpillars.
BRIDGE THE GAP -- SOW
If you're only just starting to
sow your autumn and winter
crops, expect to experience a
greenery shortage over the
While you wait, sow micro-
greens to see you through on
the salad front. Microgreens
are baby vegie or herb seedlings
that are harvested while very
young, usually once one or two
true leaves appear. Microgreens
only take 10 to 20 days from sow-
ing to harvesting (it depends on
what you sow) and they're full
If you haven't grown micro-
greens before, it's easy -- and also
perfect for gardeners who don't
have room for large salad beds.
Fill a container that's at least
10 centimetres deep with potting
mix or seed-raising mix. Make
sure that it has a few holes in the
bottom for drainage.
Thickly sprinkle untreated vegie
or herb seeds then cover with
Keep microgreens in a warm
spot that gets a bit of sun -- avoid
all-day sun if you can help it or
they'll shrivel in the heat -- and
water regularly. While it's still
quite warm outside, it's a good
idea to water twice a day.
Once the seeds sprout, it's just a
waiting game. When the first true
leaves appear, they're ready to
eat. Simply snip off with scissors,
give them a quick rinse and serve.
For super-speedy greens, cress,
radishes and peas are best.
Peas add great flavour to salads
and any variety will do, but a fun
type to try is Fiji Feathers', with
its long, feathery tendrils.
Snowpeas are excellent too and
are more substantial, with their
bigger leaves. Another great thing
about peas is they will resprout to
provide several harvests.
Other suitable vegetable and
herb plants to grow this way
include: beetroot, kale, bok choy,
amaranth, sorrel, celery, rainbow
beet, mizuna, parsley, rocket,
mustard, shungiku, basil and
wheatgrass for smoothies. Kings
Seeds has a range of microgreens
seeds, as well as starter packs
that contain five types of seed to
get you started. Give it a go.
FEED CITRUS TREES
Established citrus trees will
benefit from a handful of citrus
Citrus fruit should be fattening
up quickly now so it's also import-
ant to keep your trees well-
watered -- give them a long soak
twice a week.
SOW & PLANT LIKE MAD!
Growth slows rapidly as night
temperatures fall in autumn, so
get cracking. Sow silverbeet, spin-
ach and cold-hardy Chinese
cabbages and keep planting out
punnets of broccoli, cabbages,
cauliflower, silverbeet, spinach,
onions and beetroot.
SOW BROAD BEANS
Old South Island gardeners
swore by slipping their broad
beans into the soil before Anzac
Day, giving them plenty of
time to germinate and reach a
reasonable size before the worst of
the winter cold.
In warmer areas, broad beans
sown now will possibly start
flowering before winter so if you're
lucky you'll get an early crop.
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