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What to do in the garden

June

Cool weather has arrived and so have the first frosts. Protect frost sensitive plants by applying a seaweed solution periodically throughout winter to both the soil and foliage. For individual plants, place an old sheet or frost cloth over the plants at night to protect them from any frosts that may occur. If using frost cloth, it can be left in place, otherwise be sure to uncover them during the day so that they can enjoy the warmth of the sun.

While you may be keen to start pruning, wait until late June to prune deciduous fruit trees. They should have lost all leaves by then and be into their winter hibernation. If in doubt, wait until July.

Bare root roses, fruit trees, strawberries, asparagus and rhubarb are coming into season which is great news for gardeners because you get twice the plant for a fraction of the price!

Prepare the soil prior to your plants arriving. When they do, soak in a seaweed solution prior to planting. Stake at planting if necessary.

Potatoes are in stock but do not plant them yet. Instead, chit them in your cupboard (allow them to sprout), before planting out in August. Use an old egg carton to allow individual potatoes to sprout without the risk of rot.

Prune the last of your summer flowering perennials and make a wish list of plants to include next 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, cauliflower, celtuce, kale, lettuce, onion, peas, radish, sage, spring onion, swede, thyme, turnip.

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What to do in the garden for July

Visit a garden

We don't often think about visiting gardens in winter, but a winter visit can be most worthwhile. Take time to see how evergreen plants can be used as structural backbones and how hard landscaping is designed to bring together areas of the garden. 

Transplant shrubs

The winter months are the best time to move smaller deciduous plants around the garden. Dig up a good portion of the root ball, then place the plant on a tarp to move to its new location. Plant it to the same depth it was growing before and water in well. 

Grow some sprouts

Get your nutritional fix with healthy, home grown sprouts. Alfalfa, mung beans, radish and broccoli all make delicious sprouts in just 5 to 7 days. 

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.

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 prune perennials

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