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What to do this month

Summer is a vibrant time in the kitchen garden with an abundant harvest happening of all the warm season vegetables and herbs. The reality of the incredible fresh, healthy, flavour filled goodness of home grown produce is being enjoyed as we begin this delightful season of reward.

It is certainly time to time to enjoy the fruits of your labour but also to begin to prepare for the months ahead. Now is the time to sow Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, Leek, Radish, Turnip, Swede, Beetroot, Kale, Celeriac, Spring onion, Lettuce, Parsnip, Spinach and Silverbeet. If sowing Spinach add garden lime to the veggie patch. Spinach dislikes acidic soil and the application of lime will ensure strong healthy plants.

What a fashion comeback Brussel Sprouts and Kale have made over recent years! Both are now declared to be superfoods and are filled with healthy goodness. Brussel Sprouts take between 100-120 days from planting to harvesting. Give them a prune in early March to reduce the height of the plant and encourage better sprouts. They love a little hit of winter, as leaves start to yellow and wilt it indicates time to pick your flavorsome crop. Give them a go!!


  • Control weeds in the lawn with Yates Bindii & Clover killer
  • Mulch, Mulch, Mulch! – great for saving precious water and making the most of any summer rains
  • Control Mildew on roses and grape vines
  • Prune annual plants as they start to finish flowering and feed with Bloom booster to promote more flowers
  • New season grape vines and Pineapple guava have just arrived
  • Remove any stone fruit which have signs on brown rot, be sure to spray these trees in winter with Kocide - ask us how
  • To control insects and disease on tomatoes, treat with Yates low toxic, dual action Tomato & vegetable dust
  • In dry hot summer conditions Citrus require special treatment and the risk of disease, leaf drop or impact on fruit yield is high.  Ask us about watering and fertilising your Citrus as we have specific information depending on your situation.
  • Spray apples, pears and hawthorns with Yates Success to control pear and cherry slug. If you don't want to spray, dust with dolomite lime.
  • Roses pests can be controlled with Amgrow Rose spray, All in one fungicide, miticide and insecticide
  • Cabbage moth can be controlled with either Yates Success or Derris dust
  • Harvest beans and other summer veggies regularly so they'll produce more crops.
  • Apply saturaid to gardenbeds to help water penetration by up to 50%


Did you know? Black spot is a fungal disease and it thrives in warm humid weather. Black spot on roses starts off as a black spot in the leaf and then turns yellow and eventually the leaf falls off, if untreated Black Spot will affect the growth, and in severe cases may kill the plant. Be sure not to water your roses by a sprinkler or other methods which wet the leaves. Ask our staff for advice on how best to treat this problem.