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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.

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Things to do in November

Feed your plants

The garden will be full of spring colour now and summer perennials will be preparing to flower soon. To get the best display for months on end, feed your plants regularly with a good quality compost or organic fertiliser. 

Apply mulch to garden beds

With summer just around the corner, now is the time to mulch garden beds to conserve soil moisture over the drier months to come. A layer of about 8-10cm is generally ideal for most beds. 

Keep an eye out for bugs

Pests love to feed on the lush spring growth so at this time of year be ready to act. Aphids are attracted to new growth and can spread diseases from one plant to another. Threat them with a chilli and garlic remedy, soapy water or a leave them to the Lady Bugs!

Things to do in December

Tidy up berry canes

Cane fruits need to be well managed. If not, they will make an unruly mess in the garden and the fruit will be harder to pick. They will be growing rapidly now, so weave or tie wayward canes back into their trellis system

Protect young fruit

Fruits like nectarines, almonds, peaches and cherries will be forming now. Netting trees now will save fruits from birds, who have a knack of feeding on fruit crops before we do!

Look after your pot plants

The sun is beginning to have more of a kick to it now and plants growing in containers can be more susceptible to heat damage than those in the ground. Move any plants that dislike full sun into a semi shaded position to keep them going over summer.

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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