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JessicaHowdy Green Lifers!  Much of this newsletter is brought to you today by Jess,  She's been off work with an injury, so to keep busy has been putting this together for us - but I'll let her tell the story...  Jess is pictured to the right with her experiment - we went and bought a range of potting mixes and have planted them out with lettuce seedlings.  We've also done up a bag with our own Certified Organic Potting Mix - the results are interesting...  if you follow us on social media you may have seen some initial pictures.  We'll do a follow up story in a future newsletter.  

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

It's October now and Spring has started warming up our gardens.

October is always a busy month in the garden. An exciting time of year to get stuck into the vegie patch and to get the kids involved - especially in the school holidays! If you haven’t started already don’t worry there is still plenty of time to get things done.

As expected last month was very busy for the GLSC team. We were running around like a flock of headless chooks answering phones, taking orders and organising deliveries. So I want to shout out a big THANK YOU to all our members for being so patient and understanding how crazy it can be in this busy time of year!

This newsletter I have put together some top tips for October including jobs to do in the garden this month, vegie and herb planting, space saving ideas, and have our regular monthly deal for members and more gorgeous garden photos. 
As some of you would know, I Jess have had to take some time off work due to an accident/injury. Basically, the dog was very excited after work one day and while running around with the zoomies at full speed, he accidentally ran into the back of my leg! Ouch! Unfortunately I will be unable to come into the yard for a few weeks, but look forward to re-joining the team as soon as possible. (Here's a photo of Marley - he doesn't look very sorry to me, considering he dislocated Jess's knee AND broke a bone - Linda!

I hope you all enjoy this month’s newsletter and get dirty in the garden!!

(& the rest of us @ The Green Life Soil Co)

Aaaand a quick note from Linda:

Remember our workshops - check out the events page for full details.  THIS SATURDAY (5th October) - FREE Turf Talk with Nick Bell.  Come along and hear his wisdom on having a great lawn using environmentally friendly practices.

Belmont award logoAnd a quick bit of trumpet blowing!!  We are THRILLED to be finalists in this year's Belmont & WA Small Business Awards.  We'll find out at the awards evening later this month how we fared - so wish us luck!!!

In this newsletter:

Jobs for the October garden
What to Plant NOW
Space saving gardening ideas
VIP special offer
Photo competition winner
Retailer update

Jobs to do in the October garden

  • weeds in gardenWeeds- Most would be about to go to seed at this time. Time to rip these babies out or even slash them, whatever action you choose will help to minimise spreading them instead.
  • Organising Seed Packets- Go through and organise your seed packets. Organising by alphabetical order or seed type (Salads, Annuals, Perennials, Beans, Brassicas) You could even get a little crafty and DIY your own seed organiser! An old shoe box segregated into sections could be an easy fix!  Sorting through your seeds you can discover what you've forgotten you had, and check for use-by dates, etc.  (At GLSC we're well stocked with seasonal seed to plant now - so come on in and fill in the gaps in your seed collection.)
  • Fertilising- If you haven’t already fed your fruit trees, this is a great time to do so! Adding some organic matter like compost or manures or our General Concentrate to help improve the soil and give it new life!  Check out our VIP special offer this month for a great way to fertilise your garden.
  • Mulching- Mulching the entire the garden can be a big job, start now while the weather isn’t to steaming hot and while the ground is still has moisture. Depending on what theme you have going in your garden, our Recycled Tree Pruning’s will give a rustic/ cottage feel to your garden or our Econo mulch will give a darker, clean presented feeling, both extremely affordable and easy to deliver if needed!
  • plum treeFruit Trees- At this time of year it is important to keep an eye on flowering and fruiting trees. If disease has been spotted and treated early, you can still get a great harvest. Keeping a clean environment around fruit trees is a must; rotting fruit on the ground attracts fruit fly. If you already have fruit fly in your area, start netting those trees now!  (We sell insect netting packs @ GLSC).  

What to plant now

tomatoesAt this time of year, there is so many choices when it comes to planting! But of course, it’s time to start planting everyone’s "must have" in the garden - Tomatoes! 

Cherry tomatoes are always high yielding and keep the kids involved picking tomatoes all season. Cherry types such as Tommy Toes, Yellow Pear, Grape, Red Russian Cherry, Black Cherry and Thai Pink Egg can have intense flavours and add a beautiful pop of colour to salads! Tomatoes absolutely love the heat, so plant somewhere sunny and warm. 

If you're planting tomatoes you may as well plant their favourite herb buddy along with them - Basil.  And no vegetable patch is complete without Marigolds, which add colour, are a good companion plant for most vegies, and help bring in pollinators.

Over the coming weeks, more and more seedling tomato varieties are coming into store; plus we have a great range of varieties available in seed.  You can see from the picture to the right the diverse range of colours, shapes & sizes tomatoes come in.  Why not try something different?

Check out our free 'When to Plant' guide on our website; but as a quick reference, it's time to plant:

Artichoke (globe), Basil, Beans, Beetroot, Broccoli, Capsicum, Chilli, Carrot, Celery, Celeriac, Choko, Cucumber, Eggplant, Ginger, Kale*, Kohl rabi*, Leek, Lettuce, Melons, Okra, Parsnip, Pumpkin, Radish, Rocket, Rosella, Silverbeet, Spinach*, Spring onion, Squash, Strawberries, Sweet corn, Sweet potato, Tomato, Turnip, Zucchini, 

* these vegies are often better grown in cooler weather; if planting now, make sure you have a protected spot (they'll bolt to seed if too hot), and watch Kale/Kohl rabi in particular for caterpillars which are more active in the warmer months.

We've got heaps of fact sheets on specific vegies & growing guides freely available - check out our 'Growing Vegies & Herbs' tab under 'Learning Centre' on our website.

Space Saving Ideas

potting mixSometimes finding enough space for your vegies, ornamental or indoor plants can be hard! Why not utilise your space better? 

Vertical gardening can be a great way to save space in the vegie patch. We all know peas, beans love to climb, tomatoes love a trellis or two but what about pushing the boundaries and try to grow cucumbers over an archway? Vertical gardening can minimise pests and disease by having less contact with the ground. Keeping those vegies up higher will make it harder for crawlers to eat them before you do. 

Building a green wall with an old pallet or re-using some old wood for shelving could be a great way to display those ornamental plants under your patio and save space. 
Hanging baskets are always a space saver and if you have the right conditions you can even plant strawberries or even lettuce in them.  Do make sure anything in hanging baskets is checked regularly & watered when needed - they will dry out faster.

Recycling an old clothes hanger or shoe rack is a great way to re-use old furniture and give a new life displaying your indoor beauties with a rustic look or if repainted can add a pop of colour to a plain wall or corner. 

At this time of year when we often plant out a huge range of vegie crops for summer it can be difficult to find the space.  Pots and planter bags make a great extension to your growing areas.  I particularly like planter bags as they can be emptied out & stored away year after year - so they're very practical.

Almost anything can be turned into planting space - if you have a creative eye!  Just make sure plants have the right conditions; the 'planter' needs to be big enough, have good/adequate drainage, and if it's in full sun - watch the planter itself doesn't conduct too much heat.

indoor plantsIf you have really poor soil, sometimes container gardening is a very good way to get results, as you can provide a better quality growing medium instantly, rather than going to the expense and effort to replace all your garden soil, or improving what you have on site.  Particularly if you have large trees (or your neighbors do!); as it can be a constant battle keeping tree roots out of garden beds.  (Or roots of some shrubs/grasses for that matter!)  Root invasion is a common problem & often overlooked (after all - it happens underground and out of sight).  We've got a fact sheet here for further reading.

Wicking beds are also a fabulous idea for Perth.  You can grow anything in a wicking bed, but they're particularly suitable for vegetables and herbs, as most have a higher requirement for regular/constant moisture and can struggle in our summer heat.  You can make a wicking bed very cheaply or buy ready made kits - whatever option suits you.  If you're making your own, GLSC stocks 7mm bluemetal - the perfect size chip for the reservoir, and geotextile, which is used as a layer to separate the soil from the reservoir material.  (Check out our free wicking bed guide - here)  Plus of course see us for our Certified Organic Vegetable Mix - the perfect growing medium to get your edible garden producing nutrient dense produce.

We're excited to announce we've got our first delivery of Foodcube wicking bed kits on the way.  These are a NEW product - a wicking bed unit providing a square metre of growing space (they're modular - you can join them up).  Manufactured in Australia from UV stabilised food grade, 80% recycled plastic.  (I know, right???)  We're excited to be the first WA outlet & will soon have one set up as a display, so come on in and check them out!  More info can be found on the manufacturer's website.  Please note - pricing is still TBC and will be higher than shown on their Melbourne website due to freight costs to WA.

If space is a real limitation - check out Square Foot Gardening (square metre gardening).  This methodology is perfect for maximum yield from small spaces.  @ GLSC we sell the comprehensive & original 'Square Metre Gardening' guide book ($29.95) and we also have a free downloadable guide which explains the basics - click here.  Plus we make our own version of the Square Foot Mix soil - formulated for great results with a shallow growing depth.  (Check out the photo competition winner below & his experience of using our Square Foot Mix.)

VIP Special Offer for October

GrowsafeThis month, we're offering you a very special deal on GROWSAFE fertiliser.  Normal RRP is $34.95 - this month, with any purchase over $50, you can pick up a 10kg bag of Growsafe fertiliser for just $20.

Growsafe is a WA made granular fertiliser, suitable for your whole garden - from your fruit trees, roses, lawn & vegies, and even native plants.  Coated with a wide range of microbes, it will provide a wide range of nutrients & trace elements.   Economical & easy to use.

This offer is valid until COB 31st October; one per customer.

Online customers - you'll need to log in to the Members Only VIP section to be able to select your Growsafe for $20.00.

Please call us if you have any dramas.  

Photo Competition Winner

Thank you so much to everyone who has sent in photos!  We've received LOTS more lately - maybe because it's Spring...  Unfortunately there can only be one winner, but please keep those pics coming!  You can enter each & every month if you like - after all, there's always something happening in the garden, and you've got to be in it to win it!

This month's winner is Jonathan B. from Maylands.

Hello Green Life,

I have attached a couple photos of my new 'square metre garden' consisting of four 2x1m raised beds. The first photo was taken on the 22nd July after filling the beds with your 'square metre mix'. You told me it was black gold and only two months later you can see the results. The four beds are incredibly productive, feeding our family of four each day, plus extra to give away to family and friends. It is a great delight being able to go out before each meal and pick something fresh and nutritious to eat.

I'm not quite sure what is in the mix, but it is certainly working!


Retail Stockist Update

beaufort basPlease support the local independent retailers who support us. They've got great local knowledge and are happy to help.

All stockists carry different items (so give them a call and check!). If there's an item of ours they don't usually carry, in most cases they'd be very happy to add it to their next order for you.

Beaufort Garden World - Inglewood 9271 0585
Dunn + Walton - Doubleview 92427711
Garden Elegance - Subiaco 9381 2197
Guildford Town Garden Centre - Guildford 9279 8645
Nibali Stockfeed - Hamilton Hill 9433 2211
Stanbee Stockfeeds - Barragup 9581 2390
Thrive Sustainability - Lower Chittering 0408 157 301
Waldecks Bentley - Bentley 9458 5944 (pictured right)
Waldecks Melville - Melville 9330 6970
Waldecks Kingsley - 9309 5088
Waldecks Stirling - 9254 6730
Zanthorrea Nursery - Maida Vale 9454 6260

Australind Landscaping Supplies 9796 1720
Busselton - U scape Garden Centre 9751 3995
Leschenault & Bunbury Markets - Fancy Plants Nursery 0428 844 597
Margaret River - Landmark 9758 7677

THANK YOU for being part of the Green Life family - we hope to see you soon in store (and here next month for the next newsletter!) In the meantime - stay up to date with all the Green Life happenings by following us on Facebook and Instagram.


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