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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. 

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What to do in the garden for August

Sow tender seedlings

Get a jump start on spring by sowing tender seedlings in a heated propagation kit or glasshouse. Plant them in a good quality seed raising mix and keep warm. Once the seeds have germinated water with a weak liquid fertiliser and pot-on once they have formed 2-3 sets of leaves.

Plant potatoes

In frost free areas potatoes can be planted now. They can be planted into a well turned over garden bed, in pots or specially designed potato bags. As the plants grow, add compost or straw to the beds to protect developing tubers from light. 

Plant some groundcovers

Get groundcover plants growing now so they smother any weeds that are trying to get established in garden beds. Over summer they will also help conserve precious soil moisture by reducing evaporation.

Things to do in September

Prepare your vegetable garden beds

Now that the temperatures are rising, it's time to prepare for your spring vegetable plant out. Weed your bed, dig in a good manure, preferably sheep or well rotted chicken manure, dig in and mulch.

Prepare your watering system

Be prepared before summer starts, to have an easy and reliable watering system in place to look after your crops while you are away. Dripper lines, and water timers are critical to regular watering which ensures even growth and plentiful harvest.

Watch for bugs

It's not just gardeners that look forward to spring, bug are moving about now to feast on tasty new growth and sap. Aphids will begin appearing on soft new growth and are easily combated with a soapy water spray. Snails will make a meal of any newly planted seedlings so set traps for these too. 

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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