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What to do in the garden

December

December and January can be busy months, when we visit friends, entertain or head off on holiday. We want lots of fresh vegetables, but we have increased time constraints. Meanwhile, back in the veggie garden, the warm, wet weather is encouraging rapid growth of both vegetables and weeds! Here are some tips to keep things under control.

Have a big session in the garden at the start of the month. Focus on weeding, mulching, removing plants that have finished producing, and tying rambling climbing plants to their supports. Put bags around any fruit fly susceptible fruit. Start early in the morning to make the most of the cool temperatures but also to catch torpid grasshoppers. Topdress the garden with an organic fertiliser containing ground rock minerals. Now you can relax!

 

Spent coffee grounds are a great mulch, rich in essential nutrients and the odor is an insect deterrent. Make friends with your local coffee shop for an endless supply.

Install an automatic, battery-operated tap timer and connect it to a sprinkler, to keep the garden alive while you are away. If you have time install a drip irrigation system (Santa might bring one early). This will save you many hours in hand watering and give you more freedom to spend more time away. You can add a rain over-ride to the system to conserve water. 

Arno King

Seeds to Sow Now

Seeds to sow now if you live in areas like Byron BayBrisbane and Rockhampton, or places where there are 42-46 weeks a year or more with temperatures over 15°C and high summer rainfall.

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Things to do in January

Summer pruning of fruit trees

Start to think about pruning fruit trees after you have harvested the fruit. Pruning at this time of year will restrict the growth of the tree, making it the ideal time to prune espaliered fruits. 

Give fruit trees a good, deep water

If it's been a dry summer, give your fruit trees a good, deep water once a week. This is better than a daily, light water than will only reach roots close to the surface. It will also prevent fruit from splitting. 

Fill up the bird baths

It is not just plants that need a drink over summer! Keep bird baths topped up to help the wildlife cool down. Birds will love having a splash around and it is delightful to watch. 

Vegie Garden Basics

Learn how to create a vegie garden from scratch with our Horticulutral Advisor Julie Willis.

This article includes: 

- location

- soil

- nutrients

- what to grow

- crop rotation and more. 

READ HERE>>

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 and grow chilli

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