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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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What to do in June

Plant strawberry runners

Bare root strawberries can be planted now. Build up the soil to form a small ridge; this ensures that the plants will not get wet feet. Keep a look out for pesky snails and set traps if they become a problem.

Cut back green manure crops

Early sown crops of green manures can be cut back before they begin to flower. Slash down the foliage with a brush-cutter and dig it into the soil to break down.

Prune back raspberry canes

Plan to prune raspberry canes soon. Autumn fruiting varieties are simply cut back to the ground, whilst summer fruiting varieties need to be tip pruned to develop fruiting canes next season. 

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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