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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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Things to do in March

Plant spring flowering bulbs

Spring flowering bulbs should be planted this month. Prepare the ground to a crumbly texture and plant the bulbs tip up (except for Ranunculus which are planted 'claws' down!) As a rule, bulbs are planted to a depth that is twice their length. Water in well.

Plant garlic bulbs

It's also time to plant garlic bulbs. Split the head of garlic into individual cloves and plant tip up into a well prepared, and well drained, soil. Garlic likes to be planted about 3-5cm deep and 7cm apart. Planting garlic now will allow it to develop root and foliage over the autumn and winter, then nice plump bulbs in late spring/summer.

Tidy up the vegie patch

Remove summer crops that you are no longer harvesting from and rejuvenate the soil with compost and well rotted manure for autumn plantings. Pick up any fruit that has fallen onto the ground under fruit trees to prevent a build up of pests and diseases. 

What to do in April

Sow green manure crops

Green manures are a cheap and very effective way of improving the soil over the winter months in time for the spring growing season. Bio-mustard, peas, vetch and clovers are all valuable crops that can be sown directly into the ground. 

Divide clumps of bearded iris

Divide old clumps of bearded iris this month. Dig up them up and cut apart large clumps, planting out the smaller plants. Trim back the foliage. They'll bounce back in no time and you'll be in for a brilliant display of flowers come spring. 

Sow seeds for spring flowers

Don't wait until spring to sow seeds of poppies...do it now! Prepare the ground by removing weeds and rake it over to a fine tilth. Mix the tiny seeds with sand to make them go further and scatter over the area. Cover with a fine layer of soil and water in well. 

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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