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What to do in the garden


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


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 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. 

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. 


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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