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What to do in the garden

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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.

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, cauliflower, celtuce, garlic, kale, lettuce, onion, peas, radish, sage, spring onion, swede, thyme, turnip.

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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. 

Things to do this month

Plant herbs in pots

Herbs like thyme, oregano and chives are perfect for pots. Now is the time to plant them to take advantage for the spring growing season. Don't forget to use a good quality mix and feed them every month or so. 

Tie up broad beans

Broad Beans will be growing fast now and unsupported plants will topple over. Tie up plants to a string line supported by garden stakes to keep them upright. 

Feed your bulbs!

As spring flowering bulbs die back, give them a last minute feed to plump up bulbs for next season. A few handfuls of pelletised manure will do the trick. 

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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