Plants to grow in June

Plants to grow in June

Well winter has now well and truly arrived, with our first frost arriving a few days ago.  Despite the weather my GrowBoxes have been flourishing, out-growing Mum's ordinary garden by a significant amount.  My GrowBoxes containing salad, silverbeet, and kale are growing prolifically, not to mention the herbs which are in need of a severe pruning!

 

Kale

Kale is one of the latest "superfoods".  It is very high in nutrients, and is claimed to lower cholesterol, reduce your risk of cancer, and help with detoxification.  It is also incredibly easy to grow, especially in self-watering GrowBoxes.  Depending on the variety, you can fit two or three plants per GrowBox, or one kale and three Silverbeet.  Common kale varieties include; Black Cavolo Nero, Red Russian, and Blue Ridge F1 hybrid.  These can be bought as seedlings at most garden centers, or as seed from Egmont Seeds or Kings Seeds.

Kale

Silverbeet

The old kiwi standby.  High in vitamins A, C, and E, and containing reasonable amounts of Folate, vitamin B6, and dietary fibre.  Colorful varieties, such as Brightlights, are decorative as well as tasty.  Silverbeet is even easier to grow than kale.  You can grow five plants in a GrowBox.  Common varieties include; Fordhook (large leaves and white stems) and Brightlights/Rainbow Lights (medium-sized leaves and colourful stems).  These can be bought as seedlings at most garden centers, or as seed from Egmont Seeds or Kings Seeds.

Brightlights Silverbeet

Lettuce

Despite the cold, lettuce will continue to grow through the winter, albeit a bit slower.  Varieties suited to the colder weather include; Buttercrunch (Kings Seeds), Paris White Cos (Kings Seeds), and Salad Bowl (Kings Seeds).  If you are buying seedlings, Zealandia's Gourmet Mix has been performing exceptionally well recently.  You can grow at least a dozen lettuce plants in a GrowBox.

Lettuce

Pansies

Pretty flowers and incredibly easy to grow, pansies (also known as violas) come in a wide range of sizes, shapes and colors.  There are many varieties available as seedlings from garden centers, and and if you grow from seed the range is huge (you can direct sow pansies by sprinkling the seeds and lightly covering with potting mix).  Both Egmont Seeds and Kings Seeds carry a wide range.  You fit over a dozen pansies in a GrowBox.  Dead-heading (removing old flowers) will prolong the flowering period.

Pansies

I'm happy to help if you have any problems or questions and I'd love to hear how your GrowBox is going, so please send me an email or give me a call (020 GROWURB / 020 476 9872)

Scott 

Posted: Friday 24 June 2016

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