Some things you can plant in your garden NOW are:-
Artichokes (globe [pictured right] & Jerusalem types), Asparagus, Beetroot, Broad Beans, Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Celeriac, Coriander, Endive, English Spinach, Kale, Kohl Rabi, Lettuce, Mint, Onion, Parsley, Peas, Potatoes, Radish, Rhubarb, Silverbeet, Snow Pea, Spring Onion, Strawberries, Turnip.
It's a little borderline now whether you can grow winter crops from seed... it's always worth a try if you're feeling lucky! Otherwise, look for healthy seedlings to plant out. You'll be saving yourself 4-6 weeks minimum, so you'll be picking your crops sooner. If Spring (and hot weather) is early - you'll want to make sure you get a harvest asap. Another tip is to select dwarf or small growing varieties - they tend to fruit quicker as they don't have to spend as long growing to their maximum size before flowering.
Check out our FREE downloadable 'When to Plant in Perth
' guide here. We've got one for vegies & another for herbs
~ as well as heaps more info on individual vegies
, natural pest control
, building healthy soil
and SO much more!!! If you're stuck inside due to inclement weather - spend some time and explore what we've got for you (click on the 'learning centre' tab).
We're expecting Rhubarb & Asparagus crowns to arrive about mid/end July. Please give us a call (or keep an eye on our Facebook page) to confirm stock has arrived.
(Click on the highlighted text for growing guides on these great perennial plants.)
New products & July VIP Special offers (yep - there's more than one!)
Discounted Delivery - until the end of July 2021
Book and pay for any bulk delivery over 2m3 before the end of July to receive $25 off the delivery price.
Depending on whereabouts you are; that's probably between 25% - 50% off the normal cost of delivery!
Valid for residential customers only (must be booked & paid by 31.7.21); and deliveries must be scheduled by the end of August. Remember to ask for your delivery discount.
You can book your delivery in store or over the phone (9250 4575) - give us a call to discuss your gardening plans, so we can recommend your best option.
Bulk Worm Castings - Limited Offer for VIP's
We were recently approached by a commercial worm farmer who had excess castings; we've bought a small bulk load and we have it available by the scoop, and we've bagged some of it into 20L bags (pictured right) - so if you're looking for a great way to add minerals, microbes & water holding ability to your soil; this may be a great option for you. Try steeping a cup of castings in a bucket of water. Allow to steep for a day then drain off the liquid to use as a liquid tonic for your garden.
20L bags are $50 (or buy 2 for $75).* By the scoop; it's $120 for our VIP customers (usual RRP $145/scoop). While stocks last. Getting a trailer of soil or a bulk delivery? We can arrange to mix it through for you - just ask. (*And if you log into our online members only section; for a limited time, bags are $40 each!)
Final Clearance - Raised garden beds
We advertised these last month and we've just got 5 left! These beds measure 1.2m x 0.6m and are 0.325m high - perfect for a vegie garden. They are locally made from aluminum panels; powder coated in a wood look finish. They're rust free, and if damaged, the panels can be removed and flipped over - so they're long lasting and robust. We've put them into a kit with geotextile (to form a root barrier at the bottom) and 9 bags of our Certified Organic Vegetable Mix to fill the bed, and your choice of 4 vegie punnets. It's a great way to get an instant garden! Kits are $275 at a clearance price - first come, first served!
(We can deliver Perth metro for an additional $25 - although the beds do fit in the back seat of medium to larger sized vehicles; or borrow one of our trailers [bring your own tie down straps])
This kit is NOT listed for sale on our website; please call us on 9250 4575 during business hours or use the contact us form to get in touch.
Our fill soil is made up of lots of bits n bobs - tail ends of mixes when we need to clean the bay for another recipe, etc. It's not one thing or the other - but it's made up of all of the good stuff! We have a huge pile of it we'd like to move; so if you're making high/raised garden beds this spring and need something basic as the first layer - this could be a very economical way to go about it. It would also be fabulous for topdressing paddocks or for mixing into heavy soils. It's as cheap as chips - $45 per cubic metre. Want a truck load? Talk to us!
One of our popular free fact sheets on our website is our 'Companion Planting Guide'. One of my favourite past times is reading articles on companion planting - because there are so many contradictory statements out there, and many articles pooh-pooh the whole concept! It seems little actual testing has been done - and when it has; even that can be contradictory. And a lot of the folklore comes from the Northern hemisphere; where seasons and gardening conditions are quite different to ours. We all know as gardeners that as things change; weather, moisture - etc. this all has an effect on plants and insects; so the goal posts are always moving; but it's definitely interesting! Does companion planting help keep pests away? Maybe. It's definitely not a silver bullet - but it does seem to help. Here's some info here to consider when you're planning your Spring garden, and we'd love to hear what worked for you: There are lots of plants that seem to benefit from being in close proximity to their planty pals... And others are definitely not good friends.
One issue expressed is how do you measure what is beneficial? Is it purely measured by less pest attack? Or is it the yield you receive? It seems that while companion planting can be positive in one aspect - it may not be so much in others.
Here are several common companion planting partnerships that most gardeners agree with!:-
Marigolds with everything
You'll hear it said that it's useful to plant Marigolds Tagetes sp. with your vegie garden. Marigolds exude a compound that either repels or kills nematodes; but you have to (a) plant LOTS of them - not just one or two dotted around - they need to be no more than 20cms apart; and (b) they need to be in the ground 3-4 months. Preferably half of that time before you plant your susceptible crop! Some articles suggest that instead of the root secretions being distasteful to nematodes, it actually attracts them, trapping them - so they leave your vegies alone. Marigolds are reputed to repel aphids and some beetles - and attract pollinators, and also small parasitoid insects; (insects that prey or lay eggs in pest insects - the good bugs that help you!) Marigolds are not supposed to get on with beans; trials have shown it results in stunted growth. They're certainly bright and cheery in your winter garden! Marigolds are different to Calendula (sometimes called pot marigold) - another good plant to grow for pollinators.
Three sisters planting
From the Americas - the practice of planting corn first, then runner beans some weeks later (to enable the beans to grow up the corn; thus providing support) then squash (or really any member of the pumpkin family) to ramble over the ground to provide shade and protect the soil. This is known as 'Three Sisters' planting. This type of companion planting makes good sense; each plant has it's own growth habit that compliments and doesn't compete with the others. However, as you're growing fruiting crops in a small place, you'll want to make sure you really feed up the soil - corn in particular is a hungry plant. If you don't provide enough nutrition in the soil, any advantage from the planting will be lost and your yield will be reduced. While some gardeners claim that the nitrogen fixing beans improve the soil for the corn, other reports claim that this effect is negligible until the bean plants die back, releasing the nitrogen from its tissue as it decomposes.
Garlic & Roses
Plants in the Allium family (garlic, onions, spring onions, chives) are said to repel aphids; so traditionally they're grown among roses to help repel them. (Saying that, there's a particular type of aphid that DOES attack members of this family - so go figure). It seems Garlic does reduce the number of some pests; so it appears to be beneficial for the roses. However, garlic doesn't like root competition - so planting heavily around roses MAY affect the size of your garlic bulbs. Garlic is said to be a bad companion to beans and strawberries. (And garlic & strawberries would be a pretty awful taste combination too! If you want to increase the yield of strawberries, borage is the recommended companion!)
Cabbage (and other brassicas) and Cabbage Butterfly
The cabbage butterfly and cabbage moth (yes - there's two distinct bugs that devour your brassicas) is attracted to Landcress (check the latin name to make sure you're getting the right variety: Barbarea vulgaris) - but compounds in the cress kill the caterpillars! Neat, huh? Nasturtium unfortunately don't harm the caterpillars - but it's useful as a sacrificial plant; the caterpillars seem to prefer it. Dill & sage are reputed to repel cabbage butterfly and Yarrow attracts parasitic insects that can help control the caterpillars. Another good tip is white petunias interplanted; the billowing petals are supposed to act like wings of other butterflies; seeing as they're territorial, they will move on to find a less populated place to lay their eggs.
It makes good sense that some vegies do well around others. They provide physical shade (taller plants like beans, corn and tomatoes can shelter things like lettuce in summer, for example). The general consensus is that the act of mixing up your garden beds with a variety of vegetables and flowering plants is the key thing... It's really the biodiversity that helps all plants thrive (as well as being beneficial for a wide range of insects and soil biology, and out competing weeds). If that's the case; it may not be quite so critical as to what plants are good or bad neighbours; don't go losing sleep over it!
Rather than strict rows and family/variety groupings of your vegie patch - why not try mixing up your vegies this Spring & add some flowers too - we'd love to hear what works for you. Remember to take some photos along the way (and send them in so we can share ~ and you might even be a winner of our monthly prize draw!)
Photo Competition Winner
Thank you to everyone who sent in photos for our monthly competition. Here's the winner we chose:-
Hi Green Life team,
Thank you for the winter update and ongoing ideas and inspiration.
When we moved to Perth from Adelaide last year the first thing we did was make wickingbeds and fill them with your fantastic soil.
Growing our veggies through all the COVID craziness in a new city kept us grounded.
We recently had our eggplants get infested with a nasty worm and attacked by crickets. After a blitz on removing all the infected fruit and crickets the eggplants have come back to good health with a vengeance. Can’t believe how much fruit the plants are pumping out now… and it’s winter!!!
Catherine and Naomi
Thank you Catherine & Naomi for sending in your pics.
Please everyone - keep those pics coming in - we choose someone at random every month to win a $50 credit to spend with us. You can enter every month if you like! send in your pics via Facebook or email (with the subject 'photo competition' - with a brief explanation) and YOU could be our next winner!
Please support your local independent retailer who supports us! The specialist retailers listed here will be happy to give you gardening advice and help you with our products - please call to check what lines they carry.
Beaufort Garden World - Inglewood 9271 0585
Evergreen Studio - North Beach 0419 091 095
Garden Elegance - Subiaco 9381 2197
Guildford Town Garden Centre - Guildford 9279 8645
Hass & Co Botanics (Indoor Potting Mix) - Leederville 0414001017
Hello Houseplant (Indoor Potting Mix) - Carousel 0423 460 520, Joondalup 0478 704 786 & Perth CBD 0421 058 923
Nibali Stockfeed - Hamilton Hill 9433 2211
Richo's 4 Hydro - Joondalup 9301 4462
Stanbee Stockfeeds - Barragup 9581 2390
Swan Valley Station - Swan Valley 0427 371 001
Tass1 Trees - Middle Swan 0419 988 344
Thrive Sustainability - Lower Chittering 0408 157 301
Urban Revolution - Victoria Park 6102 1068
Waldecks Bentley - Bentley 9458 5944
Waldecks Kingsley - 9309 5088
Waldecks Melville - 6317 0939
Waldecks Stirling - 9254 6730
Zanthorrea Nursery - Maida Vale 9454 6260
Ardess Nursery (Albany) 9842 9952
Australind Landscaping Supplies 9796 1720
Blossoms Nursery (Denmark) 9848 2014
Boyup Brook Co-op (Boyup Brook) 9765 1001
Margaret River - Nutrient Ag Solutions (formerly Landmark) 9758 7677
Soils Ain't Soils (Busselton) 97515 322
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