September In The Vegie Patch + The Berry Patch + Spuds In Buckets


So much cool stuff to do in the food garden at the mo, so much prettiness to soak up and enjoy.

In the Vegie Patch

Plant out celery, broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, kale, silverbeet, parsley, salads, onions, leeks, potatoes.
Direct sow carrots, rocket, kohlrabi, beetroot, turnip, parsnip, rocket, chicory, endive, spinach, mesclun, miners lettuce, corn salad, salads, bok choy, kale, snopeas, peas, broadbeans, fennel, dill, coriander, shallots, spring onions.
Tray sow celeriac, salads, silverbeet, parsley, chervil.
Companion flowers Direct, or tray sow, or plant as many as you can cram in! … calendula, cornflower, poppy, nasturtium, borage, sweet pea, snapdragon, aquilegia, viola, wallflower, larkspur, hollyhock…

In the Greenhouse (or under cloches)

Tray sow tomato, chilli, pepper, aubergine, zucchini, cucumber, melon.
Direct sow dwarf beans, salads.
Begin your kumara shoots.
Treat your greenhouse like your garden, and rotate crops around.

Spuds In Buckets

spuds in buckets

Having spent a good portion of my life coaxing vegetables from soil, I’m weather wary. Between now and the arrival of summer there will be days for shorts, days for raincoats, and days for beanies. I’m cautious with the planting out of tender crops like potatoes – such a waste when they get bowled over by late frosts.

So my first lot of spuds go into buckets – a great use for cracked, broken buckets (sacks are another good option).

Choose fast growers like rocket, Swift, Liseta or even Cliff Kidney.

Make holes in the bottom for drainage and line with about 10cm of compost. Homemade compost is perfect for this – those bits of fibre make it so! Bought stuff is too dense, too rich – so mix it with something to bring air – sand or straw or some such.

Lay your seed potato in (one per 10litre bucket), on top of a few bits of seaweed if you’re lucky enough to be seaside. Top the bucket up with compost/ or straw/ or old hay or a mix of the above to bury the spud – and you’re off!

Take care when the sun comes out, not to over cook things. Move the bucket amongst shrubs to keep the soil cool (leaving the tops in the light).

This is never going to produce the same amount were the tubers in the ground, but it gives those of us on heavy wet ground the opportunity for early potatoes.

If you stagger plantings, you’ll stagger the harvest. Little and often is so achievable, so useful.

September In The Raspberry Patch

after pruningIf you haven’t already pruned your raspberries then move it to the top of your priority list! Here are my summer fruiters – pruned, tied ready to get their grow on. Here’s my How To Prune Raspberries post if you need help.

  • Weed beneath your berries (you or your chooks)
  • Spread a fine layer of compost
  • Top with a woodsy mulch
  • Tie floricanes to the frame to stop them falling over under weight of fruit, for good airflow (nothing worse than mouldy raspberries) and to elevate raspberry picking to new heights – so pleasant to be scratch free! Find out about The Perfect Raspberry Frame here.




  1. hi Kath, last year my raspberries, boysenberries and hortberry had an infestation of caterpillars in them and rendered the majority of the fruit inedible. The thing burrowed its way down the centre of the fruit to lay its eggs. Would you know what this is and how to avoid it this season?

    Warmest regards,

    • Hi Jo – that’s a real bummer! Let me know if it was a small white worm or a caterpillar?

      • hi Kath, I think it was a small brown caterpillar from memory. There were lots of moths around the berries and we wondered if that was the final product?
        Warmest regards

        • yip that’ll be it then raspberry bud moth (was ruling out the other option – a fruit fly relation).
          Begin with pruning and burning your prunings. Tie your raspberries to the frame keeping them open and well spread so that the spray is effective. I’d use dipel or any spray with the active ingredient BT bacillus thurengensis, a caterpillar specific spray. You need to achieve good foliage coverage. When the eggs hatch out they bite the foliage and die – hurrah! Fortnightly sprays will keep up with egg hatchings. I hope you have a backpack sprayer to make this job easy.
          My raspberry pest is shield bugs who suck the life out of them leaving corky berries – I too have to spray every fortnight but with Neem. Its a mission but Raspberries are so worth it!
          hope this helps
          love to hear how you get on
          kind regards

          • hi Kath, thank you!! I’ll get spraying with dipel and let you know how it goes.

            Happy gardening!