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What to do in the garden

July

Later this month, aim to have all new deciduous trees and shrubs planted. You should also relocate any trees or shrubs that require moving before the end of the month. Although not all deciduous trees will be fully dormant, now is as good as it gets for getting them in before the weather begins to warm for spring. Bare root trees will be coming to an end, so you don't have much time to get them into the ground before spring.

Prune fruits tees, roses, grapes as well as deciduous ornamentals if required. Look for scale and spray with Eco Oil to treat infestations before new spring growth emerges. 

Feed iris with blood and bone and lift dahlias if necessary.

Plant asparagus and rhubarb crowns now. Dig a trench and lay the roots out in the trench with the octopus-like tentacles facing downward (the way they naturally fall).

This is the best time to get pollinating partners in for your already established fruit trees. If you are not setting fruit as you should, make sure you have a pollinating partner nearby. Even self-pollinating varieties benefit from having another tree nearby to improve pollination.

Seeds to Sow Now

Seeds to sow this month if you live in areas like MelbournePerthSydneyAdelaide and inland NSW or places that have between 21 and 38 weeks a year above 15°C.

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What to do in the garden for August

Sow tender seedlings

Get a jump start on spring by sowing tender seedlings in a heated propagation kit or glasshouse. Plant them in a good quality seed raising mix and keep warm. Once the seeds have germinated water with a weak liquid fertiliser and pot-on once they have formed 2-3 sets of leaves.

Plant potatoes

In frost free areas potatoes can be planted now. They can be planted into a well turned over garden bed, in pots or specially designed potato bags. As the plants grow, add compost or straw to the beds to protect developing tubers from light. 

Plant some groundcovers

Get groundcover plants growing now so they smother any weeds that are trying to get established in garden beds. Over summer they will also help conserve precious soil moisture by reducing evaporation.

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. 

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 our 2018 Gardeners Diary with space for seed packets, garden plans and notes here

How to sow seeds

How to prune perennials

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