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What to do this month

Summer is a time great of the year for entertaining and some effort now will ensure that your garden and living areas are looking bright, colourful and healthy as you enjoy your summer living.

Plant now for Colour

There is a huge selection of seeds, seedlings, cell packs, and potted colour available to plant now for a colourful Spring and Summer. Petunias, Marigold, Vincas, Alyssum, Dianthus, Cosmos,Salvias, Snapdragons, and Sunflowers are some of the favourites.
 
The Edible Garden

Now is the time to plant french and climbing beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, chinese cabbage, capsicum, cauliflower, celery, cress, cucumber, eggplant (advanced seedlings best), leek, lettuce, spring onion, parsley, parsnip, pumpkin, radish, swede, silverbeet and turnip

If your earlier plantings of dearly loved tomatoes are starting to show the fruits of your labour, now is the time to get cracking with a fertiliser enriched with potassium sulphate to ensure plentiful crops.Crops such as sweetcorn and tomatoes are likely to be looking top heavy, so make sure you have adequate support for your plants. Add a layer much such as pea straw or sugar cane mulch to maintain ideal growth conditions.

 


 

  • Mulch sweetcorn and tomato and feed with Potash as fruit develops.
  • Add saturaid to pots and hanging baskets.
  • Feed fuchsias and geranium with bloom booster.
  • Raise mower blades and avoid scalping your lawn. Scalping your lawn will encourage weeds to take hold and reduce the foliage protection to the nearby soil. Short grass effectively results in shallow lawn roots and grass with poor disease resistance.
  • Prune spent flowers on your roses, rhododendron and camellia.
  • Roses will benefit from an application of 'Sudden Impact' rose fertiliser for a wonderful autumn rose display (in 6-8 weeks time) which will not only ensure more flowers but reward you with healthy plants.
  • Control passiofruit leaf hooper with Yates Mavrik insecticide
  • Use Powerfeed soil conditioner to increase drainage in clay soil and improve plant performance.
  • If Azaleas are looking sick check for leafminer and treat .
  • Apply saturaid to lawns and garden beds ,this will improve the waters efficiency by up to 50%
  • Mulch fruit trees with sugar cane mulch or pea straw
  • Re-pot aquatic plants and feed 
Pear and cherry slug is now attacking cherry, cotoneaster, plum, apricot, pear, hawthorn and mountain ash. Control is effective with a low toxic solution "Yates Success". Pear slugs feed on leaves and become full-grown in approximately three weeks. Pear slug larvae feed on the upper leaf surface, they avoid the larger leaf veins and rarely penetrate the lower leaf surface. The result is leaves that have a "skeletonized" characteristic appearance. Chewed areas of the leaf turn brown and when heavily damaged, the entire leaf falls prematurely. Be aware that "Yates Success" will control the slugs, however they often return in Autumn so be ready! Pear slugs can also be controlled by throwing lime or saw dust over the effective trees, this soaks up their mucus and works by drying the slugs out.