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Warm Zone

What to do in the garden

September

The warmer weather is starting and the consistent temperatures can lead to pest problems. Spray citrus with eco-oil or pest oil to control scale, leaf-miner and soft bodied pests, and Dipel for leaf eating grubs.

Raise your mowing height a little and try to remove thatch (the built up old lawn clippings and debris, from within your lawn. This will quickly refill with new growth and create a more drought tolerant lawn leading in to summer.

Treat passionfruit and other climbing vines to new mulch and fertiliser ready for the spring flush. Now is also a good time to try to control wayward growth, and retrain as necessary using string or plant-ties to encourage plants to grow where you actually would like them to grow.

Annuals bring lots of colour to the spring garden, but perennials are the real stars of the summer garden. Make sure you have your summer garden planned and planted, so that your garden looks its best when the relatives drop by over the Festive season.   

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.

FOR A FULL LIST OF SEEDS TO SOW NOW HERE

Sow nowAsparagus, artichoke, basil, beans, beetroot, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, celery, celtuce, chervil, chilli, chives, coriander, corn, cucumber, dill, eggplant, leek, lettuce, mint, okra, parsley, parsnip, peas, potato, pumpkin, radish, rockmelon, silverbeet, spinach (NZ), spring onion, squash, swede, tomato, turnip, watermelon, zucchini.

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Things to do this month

Plant herbs in pots

Herbs like thyme, oregano and chives are perfect for pots. Now is the time to plant them to take advantage for the spring growing season. Don't forget to use a good quality mix and feed them every month or so. 

Tie up broad beans

Broad Beans will be growing fast now and unsupported plants will topple over. Tie up plants to a string line supported by garden stakes to keep them upright. 

Feed your bulbs!

As spring flowering bulbs die back, give them a last minute feed to plump up bulbs for next season. A few handfuls of pelletised manure will do the trick. 

Things to do in November

Feed your plants

The garden will be full of spring colour now and summer perennials will be preparing to flower soon. To get the best display for months on end, feed your plants regularly with a good quality compost or organic fertiliser. 

Apply mulch to garden beds

With summer just around the corner, now is the time to mulch garden beds to conserve soil moisture over the drier months to come. A layer of about 8-10cm is generally ideal for most beds. 

Keep an eye out for bugs

Pests love to feed on the lush spring growth so at this time of year be ready to act. Aphids are attracted to new growth and can spread diseases from one plant to another. Threat them with a chilli and garlic remedy, soapy water or a leave them to the Lady Bugs!

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 improve your soil

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