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What to do in the garden

July

Recent frosts in southern areas may have you reaching for the secateurs, but wait, there could be more. Plants that have already suffered from frost bite will be more susceptible if pruned, so wait until all frosts have passed before removing burnt or unsightly foliage.

Deciduous trees and plants have finally gone into dormancy so it is ideal to prune these. Remove unwanted branches, branches that cross or rub on each other as these could be a sight for infection, and open out the tree to improve air-flow to reduce the likelihood of fungal infection. Fruit trees and roses can also be pruned now. Depending on the size of your fruit trees, these clippings can be reused as stakes, woven to make a garden fence, or used in your smoker!

Later this month, look for signs of bud-swell on peaches and nectarines and spray with lime sulphur to prevent leaf curl.

It’s almost time to dig your green manure crop in. Make sure you allow at least 6-8 weeks for the crop to decompose in the soil before sowing spring crops. Enjoy the cooler days and nights … it’s a great time to plan what you’ll do with the garden in spring!

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

FOR A FULL LIST OF SEEDS TO SOW NOW CLICK HERE

Sow now: Broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, celtuce, kale, lettuce, onion, parsley, peas, radish, spring onion, swede, turnip. 

If you would like to add this seasons seeds to your shopping cart automatically, CLICK HERE

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What to do in the garden

Check tree ties

If your trees are tied to a staked or other support, then check them now to make sure the support is not cutting into the trunks. Material used to tie up trees may have deteriorated over summer, so replace it now to withstand winter winds. 

Divide herbaceous perennials

It is the perfect time to multiply your plant collection by dividing clumps of herbaceous perennials. Clumps of sedums can be 'cut' with a sharp spade and the new, smaller clumps planted around the garden or given away to friends.

Tidy up fallen fruit

Clean up fruit that has fallen off the trees. Pop them in the bin instead of leaving them to rot under the trees and harbour diseases and pests.

What to do in June

Plant strawberry runners

Bare root strawberries can be planted now. Build up the soil to form a small ridge; this ensures that the plants will not get wet feet. Keep a look out for pesky snails and set traps if they become a problem.

Cut back green manure crops

Early sown crops of green manures can be cut back before they begin to flower. Slash down the foliage with a brush-cutter and dig it into the soil to break down.

Prune back raspberry canes

Plan to prune raspberry canes soon. Autumn fruiting varieties are simply cut back to the ground, whilst summer fruiting varieties need to be tip pruned to develop fruiting canes next season. 

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 grow sprouts

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