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.

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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.

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