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What to do in the garden

September

Spring is creeping into the garden. Fruit trees are swelling, ready for budburst and lawns are starting to flush with new growth.

Unfortunately, when your lawn starts to get growing, so do the weeds. Try to spend 15 minutes a night, a couple of days a week, walking around your garden and lawn removing weeds. If you stay on top of them from the beginning of spring, it will save you hours of work and chemicals later.

Apply a copper spray  or lime sulphate to fruit trees to prevent peach leaf curl and other fungal issues before they arise. If you notice holes in your avocado leaves, spray for caterpillars now, to preserve your coming harvest.

Sow hardy cold tolerant vegies directly, reserving cold sensitive crops, like tomatoes and chillis, to be grown in punnets until the weather warms a little more next month. Apply fertiliser to fruit trees now and replenish mulch as needed. 

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 nowAsparagus, artichoke, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, celery, celtuce, chervil, chilli, dill, eggplant, kale, leek, lettuce, mint, parsley, parsnip, peas, potato, radish, silverbeet, spinach (NZ), spring onion, swede, tomato, turnip.

If you would like to add this seasons seeds to your shopping cart automatically, CLICK HERE

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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. 

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!

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.

Sowing Chilli Seeds

How to plant asparagus crowns

Asparagus crowns can look a bit daunting when they arrive and you are greeted with a tangle of roots, but they are easier to plant than you think. Click here to find out how. 

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