June & July
Prepare beds for planting by weeding, forking and lightly digging in compost, sheep pellets and vegetable food into each bed. Protect newly planted seedlings using Slug and Snail Pellets and keep beds weed free. Sow green crops such as lupins or mustard into empty beds to help improve your soil. Grow for 2-3 months and then dig them in. Mustard for cleansing the soil of pathogens. Lupins for adding nitrogen back into the soil. You can also plant a combination crop with mustard, lupin and oats.
Get your winter veggies in quick to make sure that they get a good head start before the colder winter weather kicks in. Direct sow carrot and parsnip seeds. Plant kale, broccoli, peas, broad beans and leek seedlings into veggie beds.
TREES & SHRUBS
Now is the ideal planting time for hedges, autumn or winter flowering shrubs, such as camellias and azaleas, and large-grade trees. Great plants for hedging include; pittosporum, griselinia, eugenia, buxus and corokia. To plant, dig a hole twice as wide and as deep as the pot your plant came in. After digging the hole, backfill mixing compost and sheep pellets in with your topsoil. Plant into the loosened soil.
AUTUMN / WINTER COLOUR
Brighten up your garden and prepare for seasonal changes by planting gorgeous winter-flowering annuals such as: pansies, primrose, polyanthus, calendula, violas and poppies. Remember at this time of the year, to add dried blood when planting for optimum results.
Cyclamen, flowering from autumn right through winter, are the perfect way to brighten up those shadier spots. Cyclamen also benefit from regular applications of dried blood
Harvest feijoas as they ripen. Feed your fruit trees now. Use Fruit & Citrus Fertiliser, or for a natural option, feed with Yates Dynamic Lifter.
If you have nothing to Harvest, well now is a great time to plant all fruit trees, feijoa, blueberries and citrus, just to name a few. Plums, peaches, nectarines, apples and pears will begin to arrive in store in June. But if you start planning now it can make the whole process easier.
Plant now for a glorious display next spring!! The is a great range of varieties – start to plan your planting and get these ready to go in for a colourful spring display. Aim to have bulbs planted by the end of May/early June. Tulips and Hyacinth will benefit from chilling in your crisper (put bulbs in a paper bag) for 6-8 weeks before planting.
Get your lawns back under control. Spray to get rid of any broadleaf weeds. Start to repair damaged patches or plant new lawn. Now is the best time for establishing new lawns.
RENOVATING EXISTING POTS
After summer and lots of watering, all the nutrients will need replacing. A combination of slow release fertiliser and liquid feeding is the way to go. Saturaid is another product which is a great addition to your pots to help with the water holding ability. If plants have been in the pots for more than two years, they may require a root prune and new potting mix.