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    July Garden in the Southern Hemisphere

    July means winter in the Southern Hemisphere. Winter wherever you are is one the prime seasons for citrus. At the farm markets in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile this month look for kumquats, grapefruit, limes, early mandarins, oranges, and tangelos. Other winter fruits ready for harvest include late apples, avocadoes, and […] More

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    June Kitchen Garden Almanac


    June is the month to look ahead to the fruit harvest. Peaches and apricots–the early producers–should be thinned by now and many have already come to harvest. Apples, pears, and plums–like the ones above–need your attention now and should be gradually thinned during June. Fruit trees commonly produce many more fruitlets than they can bear. […] More

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    June Garden in the Sourthern Hemisphere

    The first day of winter will arrive later this month in the southern hemisphere, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and South Africa. Many birds have headed north and nature has finished its preparation for the cooler and cold days ahead. June is a good month to mulch strawberries and protect them from winter cold. […] More

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    June Garden in the Northern Hemisphere

    There’s an old rhyme that says, “A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon.” And so it is, as summer arrives later this month in the northern hemsphere. Bees still have their work cut our for them in June even though many fruit blossoms–apricots and plums, for instance–have given way to green […] More

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    May Cool-Region Kitchen Garden Alamanac

    Carrots growing

    The weather in cool northern regions can remain unsettled even in May. Remember that both the soil and air temperature are important when planting the kitchen garden. Few seeds will germinate if the soil temperature is below 45ºF (7ºC) and warm-weather crops are not going to thrive until the night temperatures consistently stay above 50ºF […] More

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    May Garden in the Southern Hemisphere

    May arrives between autumn and winter in the Southern Hemisphere. Grays and browns replace the brilliant fall colors of April this month. Nature is beginning its rest time now as the harvest comes to a close. There still may be a few days of hazy sunshine this month but the first chill and frost are […] More

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    March Garden in the Southern Hemisphere

    Tomato harvest

    Autumn will arrive in the Southern Hemisphere–Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile–on March 20. Here’s a roundup of planting, harvesting, and things to do during March in the Southern Hemisphere. Plant Autumn Crops Cool-season crops should be planted as soon as possible: beetroot Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, endive, leek, parsley, parsnip, potatoes, […] More