Garden Tip #5
What are Bare Root Trees?
Bare-root tree's have been removed from the ground during winter dormancy & do not need to be transported in soil as they are not actively growing. These trees have been grown in fields rather than pots so they have strong, established root systems. Bare-root trees have the best chance of success against heat & drought stress, plus they are cheaper & there's often more variety to choose from!
Garden Tip #4
How to plant Seed Potatoes
Seed potatoes can be planted in Autumn or Spring, the advantage in Autumn being the winter rain. Potatoes will grow in a range of soil types but ideally sandy, humus rich soil. Dig in manure & garden compost to enrich the soil prior to planting. Plant 10cm deep and 30cm apart in a full sun position. New shoots will appear within 2-3 weeks & will be ready for harvest in 16-18 weeks.
Garden Tip #3
Mulching your garden is extremely beneficial! Mulch aids in water retention, protects soil from water erosion, supresses weed growth, insulates plants against extreme temperatures & slowly releases organic nutrients as it breaks down. Spread 5-10cm thick or as per the manufacturers recommendations.
Garden Tip #2
What can I plant throughout Summer?
The old favourites such as petunias, vincas, alyssum & marigolds provide instant colour, but if you're after long lasting summer interest, try salvia, mandevilla or geraniums for reliable blooms all season.
It's also not too late to plant passionfruit vines or another batch of tomatoes, chillies & capsicum for a late season crop! Just don't forget to mulch and give your plants a regular deep soaking.
Garden Tip #1
How to beat the summer heat!
"For your garden to survive the summer heat it is important to prepare your plants to survive the elements. Whilst water is an essential element you will still require a strong plant in healthy soil to stand up to the heat. Regular fertilising is the best way to achieve this, applying Seamungus pellets in the heat of summer will strengthen the root zone, encourage earthworm activity and importantly improve soil health. Seamungus is a health tonic, available in a slow release pellet form or liquid form, and is certified organic. Applied in conjunction with GoGo Juice, a liquid probiotic that is teaming with beneficial bacteria, it will further improve soil health and if you have a healthy soil you will have healthy plants." - Paul from Neutrog.