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- Plant annuals for winter colour
- Revitalise your vegetable bed over winter sowing -
Green Manure crops revitalise ground, open up the soil, add Humus
and Nitrogen to the soil and help supress weeds during winter. For best
results the crops should be sown between March and July. The crop should be
dug in about 1 month prior to planting vegetables. We stock 2 products
that make for better vegetable garden beds:
- Troforte M Vegetable and Herb - this is a controlled
release garden fertiliser that is mineral enriched. Use increases
resistance to disease and drought, enriches soil microbially and promotes
healthy root biomass. For best results use early spring and early
- Goodmans green manure crop mixture - This revitalises
tired ground by opening up the soil, adding Humas and vital nitrogen, and
assists in suppressing weeds during winter.
Plant winter vegetables e.g. broccoli, cabbage,
spinach, silver beet, lettuce.
Spring Flowering Bulbs - can be planted, but
prepare the beds by digging in old compost and bulb fertiliser.
Bulbs do their growing through Winter and flower in
Spring when water is plentiful. Bulbs re-flower year after year and once
planted are low maintenance. For the best display plant lots of bulbs.
- Plan for purchases of trees, shrubs and roses - we
will have these available as bare rooted plants in winter, bare rooted
plants are better price value. If you are
in the situation of a "large house on a small block" espaliered plants
are suitable here, they do not require a lot of space and fruit trees can
be very productive. Winter bare rooted trees are easy to train onto the frames
when they are leafless. Camellias are popular as a focal point in the garden
or used to cover up parts of the garden that are an eyesore. There are a
variety of easy to maintain plants available should your need be for a formal,
fragrant or ornamental plant.
- Prune hedges that have become unsightly.
- Feed potted gardenias for winter health. If leaves
are yellow add Epsom salts, add ferltilisers such as Blood and Bone, Dynamic
Lifter or Seasol
- Thicken up tired lawns by oversowing a fast
germinating grass blend.
- Caterpillars are a problem now, gardeners
tell us of infestations on Cabbage and Cauliflower plants, these are from
the white cabbage moth. Grey-green caterpillars are on tomatoes,
cover tomato plants with netting for an organic defence, we recommend and sell
Dipel which is a Bio-insecticide spray that is non toxic to humans and safe
for bees, ladybirds, birds, fish, mammals and pets. Watch for Army worm,
after good summer rains and warm weather in Autumn
- Many customers seek advice for dealing with "Black spot" on
roses - to control effectively, remove all effected leaves
before spraying, place the collected leaves in a plastic bag and
dispose of in the "general waste" rubbish collection, do not put these leaves
in compost or "green" waste collection, to do so spreads the
infection. Black spot is a fungal problem, to prevent the fungus developing a
tolerance to sprays we recommend gardeners use 2 types of sprays in
rotation. A natural mixture spray (1 part milk to 10 parts water), "Sharp
Shooter Triforene Rose Spray", and in winter when all leaves have been
removed, a copper spray.
- Powdery mildew is on roses also - "Sharp Shooter
Triforene Rose Spray" will handle this problem.
- Black aphids are attacking Camellias - a natural
solution can be created by boiling a mix of garlic, rhubarb leaves, eucalyptus
leaves, boil for about 5 mins, pour off the water into a bucket, flake
some velvet soap, add to the water, then mix until soap is
dissolved. Spray your plants with the mixture. USE AN OLD POT WHEN
CREATING THIS SPRAY, WE RECOMMEND YOU DO NOT USE THE POT FOR COOKING FOOD
IN AGAIN. Otherwise, spray with White Oil or a Pyrethrum spray.
- Red Spider Mite - Now being found on Azaleas, Lilly Pilly,
Rhododendrons - spray on the underside of the leaves with either
Pest Oil, White Oil, or Confidor.
- Lemon trees - can have a problem with curly leaf - this
is caused by aphids sucking on young leaves, this leaves the leaf permanently
curled. Spray aphids with soapy water when you see them in your
- Compost - natural compost (grass clippings, leaves, old
vegetables) is acidic, add dolomite lime and blood and bone to your
compost bin to produce a rich balanced soil. Your camellia
plants will benefit from a mulch made of oak leaves, if you can get access to
oak leaves they are a perfect mulch for acid loving plants such as
camellias.Spread compost on to your garden beds, make room in your bin
for the leaves your trees will shed as well as your prunings from the summer
- Pruning - ensure you have the tools for the
- Secateurs are the most important, the best types
are those that can either be resharpened or have new blades fitted.
- Two-handled secateurs or branch cutters slice
through branches that are too thick for secateurs.
- Pruning saws have large sharp, off-set teeth,
most have tapered blades for easier access between tangled branches.
- Pole saws are simply pruning saws mounted on
long poles, they are designed to cut on on a reverse pull.
- Long-handled tree pruners are specially adapted
secatuers fixed to one end of a long pole. They enable high branches to be
pruned without the need for a ladder.
- Strong protective gloves are essential but with
enough flexibility to operate the tools comfortably.
- Eye or face protection should be worn, a safety
helmet with a face protector is necessary when pruning beneath
- Make sure your pruning tools are
always sharp, disinfect all cutting tools after pruning diseased
branches and between pruning trees and shrubs, tea tree oil, household
bleach or methylated spirits are suitable.
- Fruit trees - Reduce the chance
of codling moth infestation. Gather and destroy infested fallen
fruit. If fruit cannot be burned, bury in a hole at least half-a-metre
Autumn is the best time to plant
citrus plants while the ground is still warm.
Let the autumn rains assist in regenerating your garden. a
good feed of organic fertiliser and a good soaking is a great combination. Use
a stake to make holes in the mulch and put organic fertiliser in the
As nights gett colder - some plants require protection
from frost, some of these are: salvias, solanum, blue status, acacia
limelight, lilly pilly, passionfruit, avocado (young plants only), agonis,
mandevilla, verbena. Check your gardening references for others, consider
how you will protect plants from frost damage.
Prune and tidy perennial flowers that have finished
flowering, remove old flowering stems and old growth as they flower on new
- lift and
divide Iris plants, plant bulbs, tulips and
- Sasanqua Camellias- a good time to purchase and
- Trim old flowers from Bottlebrush plants when
they finish flowering. Cut back cannas also.
- Repot plants that have outgrown their pots,
replace soil around the root ball with new potting mix as an alternative to
moving to larger pots.
- Plant annuals and enjoy their flowers in
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