Cool zone

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. 

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Things to do in December

Tidy up berry canes

Cane fruits need to be well managed. If not, they will make an unruly mess in the garden and the fruit will be harder to pick. They will be growing rapidly now, so weave or tie wayward canes back into their trellis system

Protect young fruit

Fruits like nectarines, almonds, peaches and cherries will be forming now. Netting trees now will save fruits from birds, who have a knack of feeding on fruit crops before we do!

Look after your pot plants

The sun is beginning to have more of a kick to it now and plants growing in containers can be more susceptible to heat damage than those in the ground. Move any plants that dislike full sun into a semi shaded position to keep them going over summer.

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. 

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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