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What to do in the garden


The sting of summer has arrived early and with a hot dry summer predicted, watering, mulching and drought-proofing your garden is at the top of the list.

Check irrigation lines are working, and if you don't already have drip-irrigation in the garden, consider installing it. It is an effective way to water without waste, especially when laid under mulch. You get water to the root system without evaporation, runoff and overspray, while reducing fungal problems associated with overhead watering.

Mulch is as important as ever. Make sure your garden is mulched, and remove weeds which also take water from your other plants.

Prepare for the Christmas holidays by grouping potted plants to make caring for them even easier. Give them a little more shade and consider using water spikes to maintain moisture levels.

Take cuttings of lavender, rosemary and thyme and leaf cuttings of begonias.

Watch out for black spot on roses and treat with Eco Fungicide. Protect pomme fruits from pear and cherry slug by dusting with Diatomaceous Earth.

Keep tying your tomatoes and you'll be rewarded with an easier harvest and a bumper crop!

Seeds to Sow Now

Seeds to sow this month if you live in areas like Tasmania, Bendigo, Ballarat, Canberra, Orange and Armidale or places that have less than 5 months a year with temperatures over 15°C


Sow now

Basil, beans, beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, celtuce, chervil,  chives, coriander, corn, cucumber, kale, leek, lettuce, parsley, parsnip, potato, pumpkin, radish, rockmelon, rosella, silverbeet, spinach, spring onion, squash, swede tomato, turnip, watermelon, zucchini.

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Things to do in January

Summer pruning of fruit trees

Start to think about pruning fruit trees after you have harvested the fruit. Pruning at this time of year will restrict the growth of the tree, making it the ideal time to prune espaliered fruits. 

Give fruit trees a good, deep water

If it's been a dry summer, give your fruit trees a good, deep water once a week. This is better than a daily, light water than will only reach roots close to the surface. It will also prevent fruit from splitting. 

Fill up the bird baths

It is not just plants that need a drink over summer! Keep bird baths topped up to help the wildlife cool down. Birds will love having a splash around and it is delightful to watch. 

Vegie Garden Basics

Learn how to create a vegie garden from scratch with our Horticulutral Advisor Julie Willis.

This article includes location, soil, nutrients, what to grow, crop rotation and more. 


Vegetable Growing Tips

Starting a vegetable garden

- Choose an area that gets full sun and is not too far away from your house. The mid-winter dash to the vegie patch will be easier! 

- A good, healthy soil is the foundation to success so focus on improving the soil before you do any plantings. 

- Know what to sow, when to sow and how. Every vegetable seed has its own growing requirements. We offer a beautiful heirloom Seed Sowing Guide here and a 2018 Gardeners Diary with space for seed packets, garden plans and notes here.

How to sow seeds

How to tie tomatoes

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