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Hello & welcome to April! We've had a teensy drop of rain (barely enough to wet the dust), more warm days, and as I write this there's a forecast of possible storms next week... so although it's a bit all over the place, overall the nights are cooler and things are definitely changing. Autumn is a fabulous time to be in the garden, so don't miss the opportunity of milder weather; get outdoors and enjoy it! In the Noongar seasons we're entering Djeran (the Autumn/season of adulthood) when cooler winds from the South-West may bring rain.
Come and see us at this year's Perth Garden Festival - 11 - 14th April at McCallum Park, site 247. We'll have a good range of organically grown seedlings for sale, seeds, seed potatoes, plus a few of our Green Life goodies including Charlie Charcoal in updated packaging; so do come and say hello! We're also going to have a lovely range of Tucker Bush edible native plants available - so bring your shopping bags to the event so you can carry your goodies home. I'll be doing a talk on the main stage on Thursday afternoon, if you're at the show I'd love your support, so come on down!
Speaking of SEED POTATOES - they're in stock now! Certified Organic from Manjimup, we have 'Delaware', 'Dutch Cream' and 'Laura' available. Get your soil ready and get planting for delicious home grown spuds.
And something else - recently we worked with a video production company to shoot a little story video about The Green Life Soil Co - and we'd love to share the finished result here with you! Thanks to Craig from Dogs Go Woof Productions for his time & efforts to put the video together for us. He spent a day following us around at Green Life, and interviewing us to dig a little deeper into what makes us do what we do... I hope you enjoy it!
Watch on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/embed/xH05HcfHlv0?rel=0
Because April & the lead up to the Festival is always such a busy time - the newsletter this month is briefer than most! Apologies & I hope once we can take a breather things will be more "normal" (whatever that means!) next month.
If you're a Facebook user, stay up to date with our page over the Garden Festival - we'll be doing some live videos & if I can I'll be trying to grab interesting peeps to join me on camera... so do check in regularly to stay up to date.
Our Easter Trading & Anzac hours are below:
Good Friday - Closed
Lastly - we're repeating the popular 'Extracting Essential Oils' workshop at the end of this month, and we have a Propagation workshop running early May - workshops can only run if we have a minimum number of people interested, so please don't leave it to the last minute to book in. Bookings can be made by clicking on the relevant session on our Events page here.
April is a great time to plant LOTS of fabulous Winter & Spring vegies. Better get a wriggle on if you're growing from seed - you may be better off looking for established seedlings to get a quicker harvest, and grow a few seeds for successive crops which will be ready to harvest 4-6 weeks on.
Do check out our FREE downloadable planting guide for Perth (see link here) - but here's a quick list of vegies & herbs to try now:
Artichoke (Globe), Asian Greens, Beetroot, Beans (Bush & Broad), Broccoli (ours are pictured right), Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Coriander, English Spinach, Garlic, Kale, Kohl Rabi, Leek, Lettuce, Mint, Onion, Oregano, Parsley, Parsnip, Peas, Potato, Radish, Silverbeet, Snow Peas, Spring Onion, Swede, Turnip.
Here's a link to our growing guide on POTATOES - if you've never given them a try before, it's definitely worth having a crack! You don't need a huge amount of space, as the fact sheet will tell you - there are a range of ways you can get a good crop.
For the remainder of April - VIP's can purchase our "home made" Blood & Bone - Certified Organic will all the good stuff (and none of the other filler rubbish!) for
3kg $15.00 (save $3.50)
Online shoppers - log into our VIP members only page to view the special prices & select the product from there to add to your shopping cart.
Our Blood & Bone can be used for all plants (including natives) and is great to add to your Autumn garden to replenish nutrients before planting new crops, and to feed existing plants.
Thanks to Liz from Midland who sent us in this photo recently of her Winter vegies just starting to germinate in our Seed Raising Mix!
Liz has won a $50 store credit to use with us on products of her choice. See how easy it is? Either post to our FB page or email us with the heading 'Photo Competition'. Ideally, give us a little story about your garden (and what the photo's about) and send it in. You've got to be in it to win it - so give it a go!
CONGRATULATIONS Liz. I know she's a horticultural student so I'm sure the win will come in very handy!
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