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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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Things to do in February

Deadheading flowers

Trim off old flower heads on summer flowering perennials to encourage the growth of new flower buds. Not only will your plants look tidier, but they will reward you with a longer display of colour. 

Save seeds of beans

Start thinking about saving seeds of beans that are growing now in the vegie patch. Stop picking the beans off one or two plants (depending on how much seed you want) and allow the pods to mature and dry on the bush. Once dry, pop out the seeds and store in a dark, dry place to plant again next season. 

Order spring bulbs

Plan ahead and order spring bulbs now for planting in March. There is always a good range to choose from at this time of year. Try Jonquils and Bluebells for an easy set-and-forget buld display.

Things to do in March

Plant spring flowering bulbs

Spring flowering bulbs should be planted this month. Prepare the ground to a crumbly texture and plant the bulbs tip up (except for Ranunculus which are planted 'claws' down!) As a rule, bulbs are planted to a depth that is twice their length. Water in well.

Plant garlic bulbs

It's also time to plant garlic bulbs. Split the head of garlic into individual cloves and plant tip up into a well prepared, and well drained, soil. Garlic likes to be planted about 3-5cm deep and 7cm apart. Planting garlic now will allow it to develop root and foliage over the autumn and winter, then nice plump bulbs in late spring/summer.

Tidy up the vegie patch

Remove summer crops that you are no longer harvesting from and rejuvenate the soil with compost and well rotted manure for autumn plantings. Pick up any fruit that has fallen onto the ground under fruit trees to prevent a build up of pests and diseases. 

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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