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Well HELLO and welcome to April! Autumn is in full swing and it's been fantastic to have had lots of rain up our way over Easter (although commiserations to anyone who went camping over the break!)
Our workshop program is in full swing - remember to check out our EVENTS page to see what's coming up - there are new sessions being added regularly as dates are confirmed. We're open to suggestions from our customers to know what topics they'd like to learn about - so please let us know if you have ideas!
Remember we have our brand new delivery pricing in place - meaning you'll be getting cheaper bulk deliveries (and maybe even FREE delivery if you meet the criteria); so spread the word! I think you'll find it makes our pricing very competitive. Our website has all the details here.
So happy gardening - enjoy this highly productive time in your garden, and we hope to see you soon!
Linda & the Team @ Green Life
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See our downloadable 'When to Sow' guide here on our website. Some suggestions are:
Asian Greens, Artichoke, Asparagus (seeds/seedlings), Beetroot, Broad beans, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery & Celeriac, Coriander, Fennel, Garlic*, Kale, Kohl rabi, Leek, Lettuce, Onion, Peas, Potato*, Radish, Silverbeet, Spinach, Spring Onions, Strawberries, Turnip.
I've mentioned Coriander (which LOVES these milder conditions & is pictured here) but autumn is also a great time to plant many herbs like Thyme, Parsley, Chives, Garlic Chives, Fennel, Mint, Rocket. Avoid planting Basil now (as it will struggle over winter) unless you can plant in pots & keep in a warm spot to prolong the growing season.
It's also a great time to strike cuttings of many perennial herbs, including: Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, Oregano, Lavender and Wormwood. Take about 8cms of healthy growth off the tips of the plant, remove about 1/3 of the lower foliage on the cutting, dip the end in honey and plant into a propagating mix (or try potting mix if it's what you have available). Water regularly but avoid keeping the mix too wet - it needs to be well drained (excess dampness will cause cuttings to rot). Look for signs of top growth or new roots emerging from the bottom of your shallow planting pots/trays (recycling punnets is good for this) in about 8-10 weeks and re-plant when necessary.
* In stock: Italian Pink Garlic, local & organically grown - for planting. Coming soon! Certified Organic Seed Potatoes - we have been told these will be available from the 18th April. First varieties coming on stream will be 'Dutch Cream' and 'Ruby Red'.
We all KNOW we should compost, right? Food waste being picked up from our verge by a diesel-burning truck, taken to be buried in a lined hole in the ground really doesn't make sense. Autumn is a great time to begin composting - there's usually prunings/waste from garden tidy-ups, and lots of leaves from deciduous trees which make a great composting resource. But if you don't have much space, or don't have a lot of time - what are your options? Here, we hope we can offer some ideas & alternative ways to deal with your waste:
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