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November Growers Guide
The Jacaranda flowers are blooming. The stone fruit are growing juicily for the festive season and the apples are beginning to plump out. Garlic is being pulled and the first tomatoes hang juicily awaiting the addition to your cheese sandwich or summer salad.
Forget me not
Traditionally, Melbourne Cup day signals the time to report your orchids which have finished flowering and have outgrown their pots.
Mark your spring bulbs with a marker so you know where to dig them out when it is time.
Tulsi - Holy Basil
Add some calcium to your soil if you experienced bloom end rot last year
Select citrus trees you want to plant this summer and place them on order
Select persimmon and pomegranate trees you want to plant this summer and place them on order
Select nectarine varieties you want to plant this summer and place an order for these too
Plant mango trees
Plant apricot trees
Plant almond trees
Plant peach trees
Transplant kiwifruit vines (one male to every four female plants)
It may not be too late to plant blueberry bushes - try Misty, Brightwell, Sharpe Blue and Powder Blue
Check root stock growth and remove it from grafted trees
Soil, Compost & General
Time to do lots of weeding, if that is your thing
Actively check for snails and other pests
Mulch, mulch, mulch
Check your worm farms are in becoming active OR
Sow a green manure crop like millet, lablab or cow pea.
Lift tulip and other winter bulbs and store for next year
Transplant evergreen shrubs
Tools & Equipment
Make some shade tents in preparation of hot summer sun
Check and maintain your fruit fly traps
Clean and sharpen secateurs and saws for fruit tree pruning
Ensure your irrigation systems are ready for summer
Vegemite Snail Trap: Add a tablespoon of vegemite to an empty jar, fill with water, mix and bury to the rim of the jar. Check and replace as required.
Waterproof Slug Trap: add one cup water, one teaspoon sugar, one teaspoon flour and half a teaspoon of yeast into a plastic container with lid and watch here for more details.
Seed Saving & Harvesting
Snow peas, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, coriander, carrot, silverbeet, citrus fruit as it ripens, lettuce, spring onions, rhubarb, mustards, spinach, kale, new potatoes, asparagus
Peas and snow peas, rocket, radishes, broccoli, silverbeet
Seed from apples, pears, quinces (store in damp sand)
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