Facing the storm…

                             Don’t let the winter blues win     

Gardening in the middle of winter can sometimes feel like the last thing anyone would want to do...it’s cold, it’s wet, it’s windy, it’s muddy... But, come rain or shine, there’s  always something to do in the garden. Or, if you’re blatantly opposed to being out in the weather, it’s a great time to tend to your garden shed!

                Planning ahead for the next season of gardening is exciting! There are plenty of things you can do now to make sure your garden is as ready as it can be to supply your plate with plenty of summery goodness come the warmer months.

                The range of things to plant is wide in the warm weather, even just August comes with a bigger variety; asparagus, capsicums, chilli peppers, eggplant, mint, radish, rocket, snow peas, spring onions, sunflowers, thyme, and, if you start them undercover, you can even get your tomatoes and watermelons started next month!  

                But in order for these things to flourish in your garden, there are things that need to be done. Pull on those gumboots, dust off the rain coat, and get out there and prepare your garden for a cleanse!

                 You can even do plenty in your garden shed when the rain is coming down and the wind has picked up; tools need maintenance, it’ll save you money if you take care of the ones you already have instead of buying new ones. Also tool hygiene is important in the way of not spreading disease. Clean those tools and keep your shed a happy place.

Happy gardening!

JULY VEGGIES:

  • Spinach

  • Carrots

  • Beetroot

  • Sweet peas

  • Broad beans

  • Coriander

  • Peas

  • Potatoes

  • Garlic

  • Celery

  • Lettuce

  • Cabbage

  • Mustard greens

  • Onions

  • Parsnip

  • Shallots

JULY FRUITS:

  • Deciduous fruit trees
    -apples
    -pears
    -plums
    -nectarines

  • Strawberries

Pruning,Protecting & Weeding

Deciduous fruit trees love to be pruned at this time of year, though they might not look pleased, they appreciate it. Roses can also put up with a seemingly harsh prune around this time - unless you live in an exceptionally cold place, then perhaps wait until august to prune your roses.

After pruning, especially the roses, use a protection spray to break the cycle of pests, and give those new little buds a fighting chance in the Spring. There are a number of sprays available off the shelf in many gardening stores.

In the middle of winter, where we find ourselves now, the heavens have opened and the ground is soft, making the dreaded job of weeding a little more manageable. Get them now while they’re big and green and before they flower! Bindii control is imperative now, use weed control to get ahead of those nasty prickles.

Rose Food
Rose Food

Brunnings Rose Food provides essential nutrients for vigorous, healthy rose growth and beautiful blooms. -Good Nitrogen levels to give good leaf growth. -Good Phosohorous levels to ensure vigorous root growth. -High Potassium levels to strengthen plant and assist in flowering & fruiting.

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Rose Spray
Rose Spray

Brunnings Rose Spray is an easy to use RTU trigger spray pack that provides systemic control of blackspot, rust & powdery mildew on roses. -Kills aphids, caterpillars, thrips, budworm & mites on roses and ornamentals. -Ready to use no mixing required. -Easy to use trigger spray pack.

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Eclipse: Rose
Eclipse: Rose

Eclipse Control Release Fertiliser for Roses and Flowers is an advanced combination of controlled release fertiliser and Duratec treated fertiliser which gives your plants an instant feed plus continuous feeding for up to 4 months. -Ideal for all varieties of roses and most flowers in pots and garden situations. -Encourages lush foliage and beautiful blooms. Supplies plants an instant feed plus continuous feeding for up to 4 months. -With trace elements.

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White Oil
White Oil

Brunnings White Oil Aerosol kills scale and controls a wide variety of insects on citrus, shrubs, roses & ornamentals. -Can be applied all year round. -Ideal for leaf gloss on indoor plants. Available as an Aerosol or a ready to use -Controls a wide variety of insects including APHIDS, MEALY BUGS, RED, WHITE WAX & CERTAIN OTHER SCALES (NOT SAN JOSE SCALE), SOOT MOULD, SPIDER MITES, WHITE FLY

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Fruit & Citrus Food
Fruit & Citrus Food

Brunnings Fruit & Citrus Food is a specially formulated fertiliser blend that provides a balanced diet of essential nutrients required for green, healthy foliage and large juicy fruit. Recommended for traditional citrus fruits including lemons, oranges, grapefruit, mandarins, limes, cumquats as well as apples, strawberries, paw paw, mango and other tropical fruits. -Provides a balanced diet of essential nutrients -Aids in green, healthy foliage and large juicy fruit

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Eclipse: Citrus
Eclipse: Citrus

Brunnings Eclipse Control Release Fertiliser for Trees and Shrubs will help your plants thrive by releasing all the nutrients they need, when they need them. Containing Iron and Magnesium to help citrus leaves keep green all year round, Eclipse Control Release Fertiliser for Trees and Shrubs gives plants an instant feed plus ongoing feeding for up to 4 months. -Ideal for fruit, citrus, azaleas, camellias and most shrubs and trees. -Feeds up to 4 months. -With trace elements.

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Soluble Fertiliser
Soluble Fertiliser

Brunnings Soluble Fertiliser is a concentrated, water soluble plant food that delivers fast acting nutrients for strong and healthy growth. -Suitable for a wide range or plants including flowers, vegetables, roses, seedlings, shrubs, herbs and lawns. -Feeds through the leaves and roots as you water. -Delivers the nutrients required for fast, strong and beautifully healthy growth.

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Feed'n Weed
Feed'n Weed

Brunnings Feed 'N Weed feeds lawns while selectively killing broadleaf weeds including clover, dandelion, dock, thistles, capeweed, bindii and lambs tongue. Feeds lawns. Selectively kills broadleaf weeds. Absorbed by the leaf and moves through the weed, through to the roots. Works by forcing the weed into an excessive and disordered growth pattern which results in weeds yellowing, curling and dying. Weeds are killed slowly over a period of 3 - 4 weeks. For best results apply on active weeds.

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At DSM we stock a range of Brunnings products designed specifically for pruning and protecting your plants and trees!

GREEN MANURE CROPS SEASON

Green manure crops are grown specifically as a cover crop to encourage nutrients to the surface of the soil. Just before or just after flowering, and while still green,  the crops are turned over into the soil and breakdown to create a naturally rich soil. Some common cover crops are: Alfalfa, Clover, Lupin, Mustard, Fava bean.