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We're well & truly into Kambarang - the 2nd spring in the Noongyar calendar, where the weather is warming, the reptiles are on the move, and the first flush of winter wildflowers have finished. Summer is just around the corner; but we do have a bit of 'all over the place' spring weather ahead, no doubt! There's still time to get your spring vegies in the ground now - and it's definitely time to mulch! I hate to mention the "C" word but Christmas is not far away - so it's time to get the place ship shape in time to kick back for the summer holidays.
Hello and welcome to the October newsletter! Spring is definitely upon us - with some warmer days and a bit of rain - it's the usual mixture for this time of year. Gardens are responding with lots of flowers, growth - and a bit of confusion with plants a bit unsure at times... but that's the joy of gardening! We've certainly had a busy month @ GLSC. Thank you to our lovely customers who keep on coming back; supporting us and sharing their love of gardening. Designing your property and garden/s is such a crucial factor in gardening success - with changing climate/reduced rainfall we definitely need to think about what we grow, where we grow it, and how we grow it. In this vein, we've got an article below on climate resilient gardens - I hope you enjoy it.
Hello and welcome to Spring! It's officially here, although the weather over the last few weeks has been very spring like already. We've enjoyed some glorious sunny days and the plants are feeling it too - in the bush around where we live, we can see it coming alive with wildflowers. It seems to happen very quickly. With lots of open gardens, Araluen and many other parks and gardens throughout Perth and the countryside all putting on a great show, it's a great opportunity to get out and enjoy what's on offer. The Nannup Flower & Garden Festival has just wrapped up, and this coming Sunday, 3rd September, it's the Kalamunda Garden Festival again (held first Sunday of each season). Come on up and check out the many plant sellers, gardening related stall holders, and some of the fabulous talks that have been scheduled.
Hello, and welcome to August! We're now transitioning to the Noongar season of Djilba - the 'first spring' - a season of transition between what we recognise as Winter and Spring; wildflowers are starting to appear, and many native animals are breeding or have bred and are raising their young. Hopefully we can expect more rain, but we can also have some clear and sunny days with cold temperatures. The weather's certainly been cold - a number of frosts have left some damage in the garden; and it seems a bit more rain is needed to fill up the creeks/dams before summer. Let's cross our fingers for a nice balance of sun & rain in the weeks to come. There's still plenty to do in the garden right now and we hope we've got inspiration & tips to get you motivated and active in your garden when those sunny windows are here.
Hello, and welcome to July! We're definitely in Winter now - but in Perth, that's an ideal time to be in the garden! I trust you're enjoying things you've got growing already; and remember now's the time to consider succession planting crops to keep you harvesting into Spring. (Yes - Spring!) We've passed the Winter solstice so days will gradually get longer again as the seasons roll around. Check out our article on the benefits and tips for succession planting below.
Hello - welcome to JUNE! It's officially WINTER and we're transitioning to Makuru in the Noongyar calendar - the wettest and coldest time of the year when the Indigenous Australians would move away from the coast to inland rivers and waterways; changing their diet to animals and seasonal plants. Many native birds are beginning to prepare for breeding, and in the bushland, you'll see wildflowers like Hovea and other blues/purples like the Dianella berries and Purple Flags (Patersonia) appear. Don't the seasons roll around quickly?
At last it seems we're experiencing some "proper" Autumn weather - lovely sunny days; but with chilly mornings! It's nice to have received some rain - but for a while there I was thinking we were going from Summer straight to Winter. While we definitely need more rain - let's hope fine weather will grace us for the Perth Garden Festival - coming up 11 - 14th May at Langley Park in the city. That's Mother's Day weekend - so why not take your Mum for a day out and spend some time with her? Tickets are available online, but we've got tickets to WIN - see below for all the details. Paul & I are giving a talk on Friday 12th @ 2.30pm on the main stage - so if you're around, come along and say hi!!
Welcome to April! Prime gardening season is upon us as the weather begins to cool down. We've passed the equinox so days will be getting noticeably shorter as the weeks progress. In our garden we're still harvesting summer vegies like eggplant, zucchini, pumpkin, capsicum, chilli and tomatoes. But it's time to be thinking about all the winter crops to get started (if you haven't already) and saving seeds from your best producing summer crops. If you're planning some major garden projects in the coming weeks, please make note of our trading days for the public holidays...
Well, it's officially here... while there's more hot days to come, we know day length is shortening, and the signs are there for the plants that a changing season isn't far away... And it's a fabulous time (the best time?) to garden in Perth. (As I write this - it's even RAINING! And there's lots to do in the Autumn garden - we hope we can inspire you with this newsletter to get started; or at least - to get planning! Don't miss the window of opportunity that is opening in order to reap the rewards for months to come with delicious home grown winter vegies!
We've enjoyed a milder summer to date - but historically February tends to bring some VERY hot weather (seems to always be the week when school goes back - am I right?) But as summer is technically 2/3rds through - we gardeners start to get excited about the change of season in the next month or so. For gardeners, February's a time of 'hanging in there!' - keeping gardens alive, and planning for Autumn, which officially is only a month away. We know weather can be hot right up into April, but day length is shortening, nights are generally cooler, and there'll be a change in the air before much longer.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! I trust you had a lovely Christmas and some time to yourself to enjoy some quiet time outdoors! Now that the new year is here; it's a time of celebration and reflection - in our gardens, too! Hopefully you're celebrating with harvests of homegrown goodness; and reflection on what's worked well, what you'd like to remember for next spring, and what your intentions are for the autumn season - when it eventually rolls around. Luckily, the weather over Christmas was a little kinder to our gardens (and us!) this year.
Welcome to Summer - it has definitely arrived this week, after a loooong and mild Spring. The first heat always comes as a shock to our plants - and to us! But we know we're in for a warmer few months so it's time to acclimatise to the best of our ability - and to get our gardens set up for success too. More on that below! It's about now we enter Birak - the Noongyar first summer season; with warmer days and cooling afternoon sea breezes. This regular weather pattern made it the time to do cool burns through the landscape; enabling rejuvenation of the vegetation, and making areas easier to traverse. This time of year sees many fledglings and younger animals abound.
Hello and welcome to NOVEMBER - It's been a mild Spring so far - while cold mornings aren't great, I've loved the fact that it's bought me some time to get the Spring/Summer garden whipped into shape. It's always a busy time for us and our own garden gets neglected; so it was great to have a day off yesterday and get outside. We ripped out a lot of crops that had finished and gone to seed, and I mulched up a heap of them along with shrub prunings. It was a bit of work but a great way to recycle the nutrients and return them to the garden. We planted out a couple of tomatoes and planned out where some other crops will go. Oh and weeding. There's always weeding.
Here we are in October - Spring has well and truly sprung; and hasn't it been lovely to enjoy the sunshine? I'm not sure where the years go to - but this October marks TWENTY ONE YEARS that Paul & I have been in business. Quite a milestone, I'm sure you'd agree! But THANK YOU for being part of the journey - without our loyal customers and our fabulous team members, we never would have made it this far. Around this time of year the Nyoongar season transitions to Kambarang - the season of birth. The wildflowers are abundant, many native animals are rearing their young (it's magpie swooping season!), and we're starting to experience some warmer weather.
Hello and welcome to Spring! For most gardeners it's their favourite time of the year, as Winter gardens awake from their dormancy, and things begin to put on their flush of growth. There's a perfect opportunity before weather gets too hot to get out and enjoy the mild sunshine and get things done that you've been planning over the sleepy winter season. I hate to say it - but there's only a few months left until the silly season (almost can't bring myself to say the "C" word!) So if you're planning to catch up with family and friends over the holidays, now's the time to get those jobs tackled and the area/s planted out to make your entertaining area look lovely and well loved!
Hello and welcome to AUGUST! We're now transitioning to the Noongar season of Djilba - the 'first spring' - a season of transition between what we recognise as Winter and Spring; wildflowers are starting to appear, and many native animals are breeding or have bred and are raising their young. Hopefully we can expect more rain, but we can also have some clear and sunny days with cold temperatures. (As I write this, it's been a VERY rainy day!) There's still plenty to do in the garden right now and we hope we've got inspiration & tips to get you motivated and active in your garden.
Welcome to July! We've passed the Winter Solstice so days will start to get a little longer; this is a signal to plants, and in another month or two we'll be seeing signs of Spring... But for now, we're still in the Noongyar season of Makuru. So let's get outside and garden! There's loads to do - in fact it's the perfect time to do many chores; as well as the fun stuff like planting! So we trust we've got inspiration and information in this newsletter to get you outside, and get active (and warm!) width
.Welcome to Winter! This is the season of Makuru, the 'fertility season' in the Nyoongar calendar. With some rain and cooler temperatures (and some chilly mornings!!) we've definitely waved goodbye to warm weather for a few months. When it comes to gardening in Perth, it's a whole new ball game - and the good news is that it's A LOT easier to have a lush garden and get vegies producing over the next six months. Nature's on your side with a little rain keeping soil moist and (provided you're planting in season crops) - things generally perform well with little interference.
Welcome to May! We're well into Autumn at last - with some welcome rains finally arriving as a taster; let's hope there's more to come. These mild and sunny days are just wonderful though - it's such a great time to be in the garden - so we aim to inspire you this month to get busy. It still seems that gardening - and in particular - growing some of your own food is still a high priority for many families, given the rising prices of so many commodities that have flowed through to the supermarket shelves. If you'd like advice on how to get started, or on how to improve your vegie garden - please feel free to talk to us and bring in a small sample of your soil for us to pH test and have a look at.
Welcome to April! Finally, we're having some cooler weather; the season's are definitely changing. We've passed the Autumn equinox which means that the nights are now longer than the days - so plants will be responding. Deciduous trees will be storing up their nutrients before shedding leaves and going into dormancy. Bulbs will be waking up and ready to begin their growth cycle. There's always lots to observe and enjoy in the changing seasons.
Hello & welcome to AUTUMN! It's an interesting time to garden - with lots of guesswork as to WHEN to plant things. We know interest is intensifying in winter veg seeds & seedlings - but seedlings will still be some weeks away. Wild Gaia Plants (who grow our lovely organic seedlings) grow to season and nothing's artificially forced in greenhouses. Buying many commercial seedlings that have been raised this way often leads to disappointment; when planted out 'real life' gardens - often they simply can't cope. So patience is a virtue when it comes to gardening; but I'm sure you already know that. It's time to start off many winter seeds though, and we've got lots of tips & inspiration to get you out in the garden this month.
Well, summer is definitely here - in fact, we're more than half way through. While we know February will have some hot days ahead - the milder weather these last few days has left us with that feeling of change of seasons - there was even morning dew at our place today. With "supply chain issues" hitting some of our grocery stores (I note much local produce is still available in many others!) it's a reminder not to take our food security for granted. Growing even a bit of our own food to eat and share with others is handy - and coming into our Autumn/Winter season - it can be a hugely productive time for growing.