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What to do in the garden


Autumn has been a little slow this year, but with rain falling, vegie gardens should require a little less water to keep crops growing. Because of the unseasonably warm weather, cabbage white butterfly has been more of an issue this year than previous years. Net brassicas with exclusion netting, set up decoys or spray with Dipel.

Cut back the last of your perennials as they start to dry and set seed.

Green manure crops sown in March should be ready to dig into the soil. Cut them off at ground level before digging them through. If you're not sure when to dig crops in , always cut them back before they flower and set seed.

Autumn raspberries can be pruned to the ground now. This helps to keep your berry patch uncluttered and productive. Summer fruiting raspberries fruit on last year's canes, so these must be pruned selectively, reducing only the canes that fruited last summer.

If you live in an area frequented by low temperatures and frost, replenish mulch to help maintain some warmth in the soil.

Deciduous trees are a little behind this year, so don't be in a rush to prune fruit trees until they are in full winter hibernation.

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, cauliflower, celtuce, garlic, 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 sow green manure

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