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Hello and welcome to February!
Kids are back to school, and the year seems to be settling into a routine of sorts (for me, at least!) We've had some unusual weather throughout January, with rain every week it seems. This humid weather can present a challenge in our gardens with fungal diseases, etc. - I hope your garden has enjoyed the water and is otherwise unscathed!
As mentioned in our last newsletter, we will be running lots of workshops this year (now we have additional space in the big shed - pictured here); and the very first of these is SATURDAY, 13th February. Many of you expressed an interest in learning propagation techniques; so we have arranged for Leesa Caldwell (from The Greenhouse Organic) to present our first workshop on this topic. See article below for full details on the workshop - we hope to see you there!
We also have some exciting plans this year to set up some trial/display gardens and turf plots under the guidance of Nick Bell. The aim of these is to really show the most efficient way to prepare your soil to get the best results, and to save water. Watch out for more news as this develops.
We hope you enjoy this newsletter - as always; your feedback & suggestions are welcome!
Happy Gardening from Linda and The Team @ The Green Life Soil Co
In this newsletter
We have been running our Tomato Contest for a few years now; and each year it is getting bigger and better! Thanks to everyone who entered (and to those who helped spread the word, too!)
It is always a tough job to evaluate the pro's of each uniquely gorgeous tomato, and of course 'best' flavour/taste is a subjective choice. But we had to select a winner; so we're pleased to announce the results:
Best Tomato (and winner of the $300 voucher): Livy & Lachlan Bowden with their 'Tigerella' Tomatoes (bottom left of photo)
Check out our When to Plant Guide for ideas; and tips for propagation of common vegies. We also have a chart for When to Plant Herbs in Perth - Both are FREE downloads from our website. Click here to check them out!
Ideas for what to plant now include: Basil, Beans, Beetroot, Capsicum (ours are pictured right), Carrots, Celery, Chilli, Eggplant, Leek, Lettuce, Rocket, Rosella, Silverbeet, Sweet potato, If you're feeling confident, you can try for one last crop of summer vegies like: Corn, Cucumber, Melon, Pumpkin, Squash, Tomato. Your success will depend upon how the weather goes over the next few months (remember most of these crops will be 120 days to mature). If you have the right microclimate (a warm spot and lots of sun) - you may be successful.
Two thirds of the way into this summer many lawns in all suburbs of Perth are revealing their need for more efficient watering and integrated fertilising and mowing management. Where irrigated three times a week with 10mm of water from bores all Warm-Season lawns are green and uniformly covered. Where irrigated just twice a week with 10mm of water from scheme water, many lawns (especially soft leaf Buffalo) are suffering unless the root zone has been improved with a combination of fully mature compost, clay, and other additives.
The following Catch Cup DIY Test will enable people to determine the amount of water applied with sprinklers.
1. Place straight sides coffee mugs midway between sprinklers.
Eco-Vital is a premium natural seaweed and fish fertiliser that will nourish the lawn without promoting excessive leaf growth. Eco-Wet not only breaks water repellence instantly but it holds in water and fertiliser like a sponge releasing water when it is needed.
Spread a 5mm layer of Green Life ‘Lawn Top Dress’ to increase the organic content of your lawn, Slow feed the correct balance of nutrients right up to the end of May, and smooth and firm the surface to facilitate a uniform cutting height that will improve the quality and appearance of the lawn.
To contact Nick regarding a personalised consultation, written report and a detailed action plan for YOUR lawn, see details here.
Many Green Lifers expressed an interest in learning more about propagation - so our very first workshop is delving into this topic!
It will be run by Leesa Caldwell from The Greenhouse Organic. For those of you who don't know Leesa, she is the lady who grows all of our Certified Organic vegetable seedlings for us. She also grows a range of herbs, and is studying Western Herbalism (herbs, and their medicinal uses, is a particular area of interest to her). Leesa has extensive experience in growing vegetables, herbs, microgreens and edible flowers for both wholesale and retail markets, and will cover tips and tricks for seed germination, taking cuttings, division, etc.
The workshop will be held in the big shed @ GLSC between 2.00pm - 4.00/4.30pm approx. on Saturday, 13th February.
It will be a hands-on class; so you'll have the ability to try some techniques and take your goodies home with you.
The workshop cost is $20 per person, which covers all materials, notes, etc. Afternoon tea will be provided.
Bookings are essential, so click here to reserve your place. Payment can be taken over the phone by credit card or by online bank transfer.
So it's very nearly time to get planting again! How exciting! Autumn in the garden is a SUPER productive time, so to make sure you're prepared, we've got a great special offer for you... This February, spend over $75 @ GLSC and receive a FREE bag of our Certified Organic Seed Raising Mix and Two FREE packets of heritage seeds (from available stock). That's $21.50 worth of value to help YOU grow a better garden.
Remember - you must ASK for the VIP deal in store. On line customers - add your request in the delivery instructions/comments section of your online order.
Offer valid until 29th February 2016 and one per customer.
Until next time - Happy Gardening!