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What to do this month
Spring seems to be the time when food almost jumps from the earth. The veggie garden reacts very quickly to change as those freshly planted seeds and seedlings transform into an abundant fresh, healthy and tasty feast of goodness and nutrition ready for the daily harvest for your family.
Let’s get Growing
Abundant action in the veggie garden will reward you with abundant results. Now is the time for sowing or planting vegetables including asian greens, beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, celery, cress, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, okra, onions, parsnip, peas, radish, spinach, swede, potato, strawberries, sweet potato, turnip and early tomatoes if you have a protected area or hot house.Tomatoes are a highlight of spring planting and Harmony Garden Centre has all the old favourites plus some new exciting varieties. The flavour from a home grown tomato fresh from the vine is unbeatable. In some areas these can be planted early and some areas need to wait a little longer but if you just can’t wait, there are great varieties for pots. Check with us for the best vareiety to suit your needs!
Now is also the perfect time to sow peas and what a fabulously easy crop to grow. Peas are best sown directly into the garden from seed. Prepare the soil with lime and organic matter. Dig your trench about 30-40 cm deep and roughly as wide then top up with a premium organic veggie mix. Add a few handfuls of blood and bone along with another generous application of lime. Pea plants require loose and airy soil that drains well and in a sunny position (6-8 hours of direct sunlight everyday). The work is done, just add water – keep moist (not wet) and wait for an abundant harvest.
Keep an eye for aphids already being reported on peaches, cherry trees and roses.
Use gypsum or powerfeed to increase drainage in clay soil
Spray Fruit trees for leaf curl as buds swell and just before opening (see details at the bottom of this page)
Dip Gladioli corms in a solution of pyrethrum to deter Thrips
If azalea looking sick check for leafminer and treat with Yates confidor, ask us how
Keep on top of weeds, be wary if you let them go to seed the problem will worsen
Set codling moth traps and replace old ones with refill as apples, quinces and pears start to flower
Feed citrus and spray with Scale Gun to control sooty mould
Now is the perfect time to start a herb garden! Use our herb growing mix!
Mulch fruit trees with sugar cane mulch or pea straw
Repot aquatic plants and feed
As spring flowering bulbs finish, do not cut leaves or tie in knots as they are developing next years flowers. Instead let them die down naturally
Feed fushcias with a high potassium enriched fertiliser
Lawn grubs numbers will be starting to ramp up ,feeding on your lawn creating brown patches and unhealthy green grass. Treat with Richgro lawn beetle &Grub killa
Prune old flowers off Proteas
Use Epsom salts to control yellowing in plants such as daphne and citrus
Did you know
Leaf curl is a fungal disease that attacks stone fruit like peaches and nectarines. It causes ugly puckering and distortion of leaves, often with a pinkish discolouration. Leaves fall prematurely severely weakening trees and greatly affecting fruit production. Fruit can also be directly infected and drop prematurely.
Spray at bud-swell with copper hydroxide or lime sulphur and ensure thorough coverage over all branches.
Timing is critical to prevent the fungus entering the plant, apply thoroughly as the first bud shows a bit of colour (but before the flower opens)
If your tree was severely infected last season, or you’re uncertain about getting the timing right, it doesn’t hurt to first spray in late winter and then again at bud-swell.
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