After a few heavy frosts our garden is looking sad....
Check out our article below on preparing your garden for springWe are planning ahead for spring and have already got some crops propagating in our greenhouse ready for planting in an few months. We have been using pre-loaded propagation trays which work well for most seeds. Hopefully we will find time to build a few more raised garden beds.
With four containers arrived in the last few months, we are well stock for the spring and summer seasons. Our commercial growers are starting their growing season with our Fertilpots, so these should start appearing in your local garden centres soon. We are also please to announce that the Palmers stores now stock our DEBug Diatomaceous Earth and Slug Gone wool pellets.
Happy gardening, Warren & Monique
DIATOMACEOUS EARTH GRANULES
Granulated Diatomaceous Earth is recommended as a soil conditioner and turf amendment, improving aeration and water retention in your soils. Can be used in place of water crystals.
DEGranules are made from primarily pure silica. Fresh water, organic, non-toxic and environmentally friendly, the porous structure of the diatoms supports it’s ability to draw moisture and to move water and nutrients laterally through the growing medium. The soluble silica is essential for healthy and robust plants and will support a high level of resistance to disease. DE Granules are compatible with other soil components and it may be blended with fertilisers, or used as an additive for potting mix. Use it to break up a heavy, clay based soils, or to retain moisture in sandy or light soils, or as a top dressing - dust free. Use it when planting fruit trees and shrubs to give your new plants a nutritious and healthy head start. PRICED AT INTRODUCTORY SPECIAL Read more...
BAMBOO FIBRE GLOVES
13 Gauge Eco-Friendly Bamboo Fibre Garden Gloves are made primarily from natural material to keep your hands cool and dry during all your gardening tasks. The Bamboo fiber provides hand protection while minimizing the impact on the environment.
The palm is coated with foam latex/nitrile for a better grip and water protection. Because of their lightweight and breathability, these Bamboo gardening gloves are super comfy, moisture wicking, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. PRICED AT $1.80 pair.
This Seasons Specials
Now is the ideal time to prepare your garden beds and soil for the upcoming planting season and to start propagating your seeds.
Our new Granulated Diatomecous Earth is a great amendment to your soils. Make sure to add to your containers for water retention, and mix through your compost and fertilisers before adding to your garden beds. To help with propagating our Micro and Mini greenhouses include biodegradable Fertilpots and can be keep indoors or a sheltered sunny spot to start propagation your seeds for spring.
Diatomaceous Earth Granules
40% DISCOUNT OFF RRP
RRP FROM $12.90NOW FROM $7.74
Micro & Mini Propagators
WITH BIODEGRADABLE FERTILPOTS
30% DISCOUNT OFF RRP
MICRO PROPAGATOR WITH 12 4X4CM POTS RRP $12.99 NOW $9.10
MINI PROPAGATOR WITH 28 5X4CM POTS RRP $19.99 NOW $13.99
Top 10 tips to prepare your garden for Spring
Winter is normally a quiet time in the garden but it won't be long before spring arrives and you’ll be caught up in the frenzy of seed-sowing, growing, and nurturing your garden as it comes to life! Getting your garden in order early will help make the spring a little less hectic.
1. Order summer-flowering bulbs and seeds
This is the perfect task for a wet and windy day! Summer-flowering bulbs such as Lilies, Gladiolus and Ranunculus can be planted in early spring for a colourful summer display.
2. Clear up flower beds and borders
Have a general tidy up and remove leaves and other debris from your flower borders, lawns and ponds. You can cut back the old dead growth of deciduous grasses and herbaceous perennials now, although if you’d like to be wildlife friendly then its best to leave the tidy up until early spring. If the soil is workable you can dig a 5cm layer of organic matter such as well-rotted manure, compost or recycled green waste into empty garden borders.
3. Clean your greenhouse
Wash your greenhouse before spring arrives! Before long your greenhouse will be home to trays of seedlings and cuttings. Sweep out any plant debris on the floor and benches and disinfect with a hot solution of garden disinfectant such as Jeyes Fluid. Make sure you disinfect the inside of the glass too - overwintering pests and disease can survive in the smallest nooks and crannies. Whilst you’re there, wash pots and seed trays to help prevent diseases such as ‘damping off’ infecting your young plants. Ventilate your greenhouse well over the next couple of days so it dries thoroughly.
4. Sow seeds that need a longer season
In July and August you can start to sow seeds of plants which require a longer growing season, such as Geraniums, Begonias, Antirrhinums, Peppers and Aubergines. They'll need to be grown in a heated propagator or similar to ensure good growth.
5. Hunt down garden pests now
Hunting down and removing hibernating pests now can save a lot of trouble come spring and summer. Take a closer look at the crowns of your perennial plants and you may find slugs, snails and aphid colonies sheltering for the winter. If you still haven’t cleared last year’s pots of summer bedding then do this now and be on the look-out for pests, which live in the compost. DEBug is ideal for this.
6. Install water butts
Install water butts in your garden now to collect seasonal rainfall. Not only does this help the environment but rain water is good for watering ericaceous plants such as Camellias, Rhododendrons and Blueberries (tap water is often slightly alkaline). When installing a water butt make sure it’s positioned below a downpipe to make the most of the rainfall.
7. Move deciduous shrubs
If you have a badly placed deciduous shrub then now is the time to move it whilst it’s dormant. Choose a still day to prevent the roots drying out. Take a wide berth around the shrub when digging it up and try to take as much of the root ball as possible for the quickest establishment in its new location. When planting shrubs in their new position, place them at the same level they were previously in the soil, and remember to water them in well afterwards.
8. Fix fences, gates and trellis
Although it’s cold outside this is the ideal time of year to get those niggly little jobs out of the way! Any broken structures or tools are best fixed now so you have more time to spend in the garden during spring and summer. Treat your wooden garden structures with a wood preservative during dry periods.
9. Clean gardening tools
Give your tools a clean and a sharpen! Caring for your garden tools not only helps preserve them, it saves you money in the long run and helps prevent the spread of disease. Dirty secateurs may introduce bacteria and fungi to fresh pruning wounds. Sharpening your tools will also improve their performance; they’ll be easier to work with and will give cleaner pruning cuts.
10. Create a composting area
If you haven’t already then try setting up a compost area in your garden. This could simply be a ready-made compost bin or you could build a compost bin yourself using spare bits of wood. Not only will you have somewhere to put your garden waste but your plants will benefit from the rich compost created when it all breaks down! Make sure you have a good mixture of grass clippings, vegetable peelings, paper and woody prunings. To help the process along you’ll need to turn your compost with a garden fork each month to keep it aerated.
We have finally found the time to update our facebook page, so be sure to take a look when you can and please like us.