October is a fantastic month of regeneration, renewal, and revival as plants of all sizes, shapes, and textures produce wonderful displays of fresh new foliage and flowers.
As the days begin to stretch out and the temperature warms up, our edible and vegetable garden selection comes to life. A great time to pop in and be spoilt for choice with our range of Heirloom edibles to sow and plant now. Tomatoes are the highlight of October planting and this season you'll be pleased to find a resurgence of your old favourites, alongside with some new and exciting varieties. Bite sized cherry tomatoes are perfect picked straight from the vine, as they are bursting with flavour they literally explode in your mouth. It's still however very early for tomato planting unless you have a hot house or a very protected area. I like to wait until Hobart Show day, however you could start a few plants off in pots ready to plant out as the weather warms up.
Time to get cracking in the veggie plot, this is probably the most important month for sowing or planting vegetables including Asian greens, beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum ,carrot, cauliflower, celery, cress, cucumber (careful not to over water) eggplant, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, okra, onions, parsnip, peas, pumpkins ,squash, radish, spinach , swede, potato, strawberries, sweet potato, tomato,turnip zuchini and sweetcorn.
Peas are best sown directly into the garden from seed (rather than seedlings). Peas love a soil which has been limed and enriched with organic matter (they often fail to grow in acid soils). Dig your trench about 30-40 cm deep and roughly as wide then top up with our pre-made veggie mix . Add a few handfuls of blood and bone along with a generous application of lime. Peas require loose and airy soil that drains well and a full sun position ( 6-8 hours of direct sunlight everyday) so be sure to choose an appropriate location or create a raised garden bed for extra drainage
The planting of tomato plants is a highlight of Spring gardening. Tomatoes love the warmth and grow best outside when planted after Hobart showday. The plants are fast-growing and fruits form and develop quickly once the conditions are favourable. Tomato plants are available in seedling punnets, cell packs, or in single pots. These single pots are very popular as they allow a selection of different varieties to be made without ending up with too many plants. Whichever variety you select, the fruits are all filled with nutrients, antioxidants and home-grown tomatoes are fresh, flavoursome, and fun to grow
Spring brings enormous activity in the garden, keep an eye for aphids already being reported on Geranium, Peaches ,Cherry trees and Roses. Aphids can be controlled by Pyrethrum however we use Yates confidor as it offers longer protection and generally better results
Lawns are the ultimate living carpet. The warmer temperatures and increasing daylight hours of Spring is the green light for lawns to grow. Now is the perfect time to rejuvenate your lawn. Now is the time to control weeds, top dress, and fertilise with a premium specialised lawn food. Lift the mower blades now for a longer lawn and a stronger, deeper root system. As well as seeing great results now, these actions now will help to prepare your lawn for the summer months
Did you know?
If you see little bumps forming on your lilly pilly or bottle brush this is actually caused by an insect called Jumping plant lice or psyllids,growth often has dimpling and leaves can be distorted. Prune off the effect foliage and spray with Yates Mavrik