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What to do in the garden

July

In the depth of winter an easy splash of colour can be achieved by mass planting the pink and white everlastings Rhodanthe chlorocephala ssp directly into the garden or into pots.

If you have a deciduous fruit tree, ornamental flowering tree, a grape vine or a deciduous vine like wisteria in the wrong spot, this is the month to move them. Take as much soil as is possible to minimise root disturbance and transplant shock.

Sharpen the secateurs for pruning most deciduous plants now, although leave spring flowering prunus until flowering is complete. Chinese mulberry should be pruned immediately after they lose their leaves as they quickly reshoot. When pruning grapes, establish whether you need to spur (cut back to old wood like in vineyards) or cane prune (allow new canes to be trained out and then these will reshoot. Incorrect pruning can unknowingly be detrimental to next season's crop.

Prune roses mid-month and follow up with an oil application to clean up mite, scale, mealy bug and with any previous fungal diseases apply a copper or sulphur spray. Fertilise roses once pruning is completed to promote healthy spring growth and wonderful floral displays in October and November.

Commence preparing beds for spring plantings introducing lots of compost and organic manures into the soil. Turn and water once a week to stimulate activity. The bed should be left for 8 - 12 weeks before replanting. Planting too soon can actually result in poor growth and disappointing results.

Chip young winter weeds weekly to keep them under control, mulch bare areas to limit weed seed germination and treat bindii and clover in lawns before they set seed and the problem is compounded, remembering one year's seeds equals seven years weeds.

The winter vegetable garden should be at its peak now in terms of production. Continue planting masses of coriander, rocket and fast growing Asian greens, for an abundant harvest - they love the cooler months. 

Geoff Miers

Alice Springs, NT

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What to do in the garden

Check tree ties

If your trees are tied to a staked or other support, then check them now to make sure the support is not cutting into the trunks. Material used to tie up trees may have deteriorated over summer, so replace it now to withstand winter winds. 

Divide herbaceous perennials

It is the perfect time to multiply your plant collection by dividing clumps of herbaceous perennials. Clumps of sedums can be 'cut' with a sharp spade and the new, smaller clumps planted around the garden or given away to friends.

Tidy up fallen fruit

Clean up fruit that has fallen off the trees. Pop them in the bin instead of leaving them to rot under the trees and harbour diseases and pests.

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. 

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 soil

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