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What to do in the garden

March

Autumn is here and hopefully with it comes some stability in the weather … not that we are complaining! The irregular showers are greatly appreciated, even if the unusually high humidity of the previous few months has taken its toll on varying fruits and vegies including tomatoes.

Lawns have loved the bursts of showers followed by warm days, as too have weeds! Fortunately, a 30 minute stroll around the garden, removing weeds, is usually sufficient to stay on top of these nutrient and water thirsty competitors.

Autumn brings lots of seasonal highlights, from the autumnal foliage later in the season, to the planning and planting of your spring bulbs. So much promise, planted now, ready to awaken after winter - it's a real gardeners treat!

Prepare vegie beds now for this seasons sowing. An improved soil is critical to sustained, healthy plant growth and abundant crops. Improve soil with compost, manure, Rockdust and biochar. Mulch to prevent weed growth before planting or sowing.

Start seedlings of brassicas in trays now, ready for planting out in 2-4 weeks. Growing brassicas including kale, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower now is preferable to spring sowing when white butterfly is at its worst. Although, exclusion netting is your year round insurance policy for complete crop protection. 

March is also a great time to sow herb seeds. Herbs are wonderful edible ornamentals, especially when mass planted or grown as a garden edging plant.

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, chives, coriander, garlic, kale, leek, lettuce, onion, peas, radish, sage, spinach, spring onion, swede, thyme, 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 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. 

Vegie Garden Basics

Learn how to create a vegie garden from scratch with our Horticulutral Advisor Julie Willis.

This article includes location, soil, nutrients, what to grow, crop rotation and more. 

READ HERE>>

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 improve your vegie garden soil

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