Often the last thing on our mind when the sun is scorching is preparing to plant the autumn vegie garden. It’s the time of the year to sow seeds ready to plant out as soon as the weather cools down a little. Take a quality seed raising mix and place in a seed tray or shallow container that won’t waterlog and drains freely. Cover seeds over with a very fine layer of seed raising mix and water in well with Seasol solution. Apply liquid fertilising weekly when leaves start to form. Apply the correct solution strength suitable for seedlings or transplants to avoid fertiliser burn.

Seeds to sow in February include; beetroot, broccoli, broccolini, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, Chinese cabbage, lettuce, onions, radish, silverbeet. When you see the first sign of growth, apply Seasol (20mL per 9 litres of water – standard watering can) every 2 weeks to promote healthy, vigorous growth and a strong root system.

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