There is little that is more rewarding than harvesting from your own garden. The harvests are fresh, tasty and full of natural flavour and goodness. Winter is the time to plant many of the fruit trees and small fruits that delight us with their healthy produce when the time is right. With new season’s trees now arriving, this is the best time for value and selection of your new home grown fruit supply with all the advice and products required for success.
Looking much same as the fruit trees at this time of year, our range of magnificent ornamental trees are also arriving now. Ornamental tree delight us in a different way as they as reward us with either a stunning flower display or outstanding display of graceful foliage splendour. There is an ornamental tree for almost every situation and now is the time to plant.
June is the time to plant asparagus, artichoke and rhubarb crowns. Unlike most vegetables, asparagus plants are perennial, which means the same plants grow in your garden year after year. The spears that we enjoy are the new shoots that emerge in spring. It takes a couple of seasons for new plants to begin to produce an edible crop but be patient and they will reward you with healthy garden grown asparagus for many years to come.
Choose a sunny position with well drained, organically enriched soil as asparagus hate boggy wet soils. A raised garden bed is best. Asparagus are heavy feeders and Moo Poo (cow manure) gives them a good start and then feed a couple of times a year. As tempting as it may be, it's best not to harvest the asparagus during the first planting year.
Now is a great time to plant spinach, Jerusalem artichoke, winter lettuce, cabbage and cauliflower. To ensure as much growth as possible on leaf vegetables before the cold of winter sets in feed regularly with a liquid plant food such as Thrive or Power-feed. Peas can also be planted in frost free areas and time to prepare your onion bed for planting next month.
Kale is also fantastic when grown through winter and the flavour improves when harvested after a frost. Kale is packed with nutritional benefits and a great cabbage or spinach substitute. Certainly one of winter's super foods!
Pristine Tasmanian certified seed potatoes are now available and can be planted throughout winter. (Be sure to protect the potato foliage from frost by applying mulch; avoid planting potatoes too early in frost prone areas).