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What to do in the garden

June

Cool season crops like broccoli and cabbage are the stars of the winter garden. Harvest kale leaves regularly and keep cutting broccoli side shoots to prevent them running to seed.

Citrus are maturing now. Keep applying citrus fertiliser monthly to ensure a bumper crop.

Clean gutters of any fallen leaves in preparation for heavy rains. Clean moss or algae off pavements in moist areas to prevent them becoming a slipping hazard.

Prepare the garden for bare root trees and plants including strawberries, asparagus and rhubarb. Bare root fruit trees are available now, and they are a great way to add value to your garden at a fraction of the price of potted plants. Prepare the soil before they arrive so that they can be planted upon arrival. Soak in a bucket of seaweed solution for a least a few hours prior to planting. Avoid planting potted citrus now - wait until spring instead.

Prune grapevines now, but wait until July to prune deciduous fruit trees including apples, peaches, pears and cherries.

Prune the last remaining summer flower perennials now and divide plants that have become overcrowded.

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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Asparagus, broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, celtuce, kale, lettuce, onion, peas, radish, sage, spring onion, swede, thyme, turnip.

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What to do in the garden for July

Visit a garden

We don't often think about visiting gardens in winter, but a winter visit can be most worthwhile. Take time to see how evergreen plants can be used as structural backbones and how hard landscaping is designed to bring together areas of the garden. 

Transplant shrubs

The winter months are the best time to move smaller deciduous plants around the garden. Dig up a good portion of the root ball, then place the plant on a tarp to move to its new location. Plant it to the same depth it was growing before and water in well. 

Grow some sprouts

Get your nutritional fix with healthy, home grown sprouts. Alfalfa, mung beans, radish and broccoli all make delicious sprouts in just 5 to 7 days. 

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.

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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