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Welcome to November - we've had some lovely spring weather so far, and the garden has appreciated the mild weather and extra rain. I think it won't be long before we start experiencing a few hotter days, so check out the 'Jobs to Do' section below to make sure you and your garden are prepared.
It's hard to believe we're on the downhill run now to Christmas. If you're trying to think of gifts for your gardening family, friends - or as suggestions to Santa for your OWN gifts, we've got lots of gardening bits and pieces... books, charts, accessories & even if you can't decide, there's always trusty gift vouchers; available in store or online. If you're into more handmade gifts, which are always appreciated - come along to our Herbal Manufacturing workshop running 26th & 27th November (details below) and learn how to make a whole range of products using herbs and things from your garden.
As always, there's been LOTS happening @ GLSC. We're in the process of revamping our website to make it completely mobile responsive and easier to navigate. We're also about to roll out new software for point of sale and invoicing, and we're contending with MAJOR roadworks on Farrall Road. There's never a dull moment! :-D Harvest Club participants have begun harvesting from their gardens, and it's been great to see things really take off once spring eventually arrived!
October saw us achieve the milestone of 15 years of being in business. We ran a month-long competition (which we advertised in last month's newsletter and on Facebook) and we are pleased to announce the 15 winners of garden goodies below. Congratulations to the winners & we'd love to thank all of YOU for your support.
Anyway - hope you enjoy the November newsletter... As always your feedback is welcome, and we'd love to see some of your spring garden photos to share on our website and through social media, so if you have a chance to snap some pictures PLEASE send them in.
Until next time, happy gardening!
Linda & the Team @ GLSC
In This Newsletter:
It's time to be planting seeds for your 2nd/continuation crops. There's plenty of healthy certified organic seedlings to choose from @ GLSC; seedlings will get you about 6-8 weeks ahead of crops you can grow from seed, so that's another option for you.
Artichoke (globe), beans, beetroot, broccoli*, cabbage*, capsicum, chilli, carrots, celery, choko, cucumber, eggplant, kale*, leek, lettuce, melons, okra, parsnips, potato, pumpkin, radish, silverbeet, snow peas, spring onion, squash, sweetcorn, tomato, zucchini.
* brassicas planted at this time of year will need some protection from heat & cabbage butterfly/caterpillars.
It's also a great time for planting many herbs; including basil, oregano, chives, garlic chives, thyme, mint etc.
Hopefully you received our special news blast email last week concerning the roadworks on Farrall Road.
Due to the Peet residential development going on for the Movida Estate, Farrall Road is undergoing major development and will be upgraded to a dual carriageway to handle the anticipated increased traffic.
This means that Farrall Road is CLOSED until about Christmas time - however, access to The Green Life Soil Co is STILL AVAILABLE 7 days a week via Morrison Road. Roadworks crews will let you through - while the road is closed to through traffic, it is still open for residents & for our business to trade. If you normally access us from Toodyay Road, the easiest way to get through is to continue up Roe Highway until the next exit, which is Morrison Road. Farrall Road is the very next set of lights; turn left at McDonalds and you're a mere 300 metres away from us.
We hope to see you soon! We're sorry about the disruption but assure you that it's 'business as usual' at our yard.
Those of you who had booked for our Grafting Techniques workshop (originally for September) are aware we had to postpone it due to Joe Tassone's accident. Fortunately, he's recovering well and we have now confirmed the workshop will be running on the weekend of 3rd/4th December - most likely on the Sunday afternoon of the 4th; but we're still waiting on final confirmation of this. Watch our 'Events' page as there will be a few more spots opened up to book in for this workshop by the end of this week.
Leesa (from The Greenhouse Organic) will be running this workshop for us. We have set aside two dates; Saturday and Sunday 26 & 27th November. The workshop is for four hours on either day - whether both dates will run will depend upon how popular the classes will be. We're trying the Sunday date in response to those who have requested it. Class numbers will be capped at 20 participants so make sure you book in soon.
More information and bookings can be made on our EVENTS page, here.
On the weekend 29th & 30th October, GLSC once again took part in Do it in a Dress - a weekend where all our crew wore girls school uniforms to raise awareness and money for 'One Girl' - a Melbourne based charity that provides education for girls in Sierra Leone, Africa. Statistics show that educating a girl has far reaching benefits into the local community, but in many places in the world opportunities are non-existent for girls to receive an education; instead they are caught in a cycle of early marriage, raising more children in poverty and with poor health outcomes. AUD$300 is all it takes to ensure a girl is educated through her school years.
We all had a little bit of fun dressing up (it's a bit unnerving how well the boys embraced their 'frocks') - as you can see from the photo above.
** UPDATE: Customer donations totaled $425; Green Life Soil added $575 to take the total to a nice round $1,000 **
Now the weather's warming up it's time to MULCH YOUR GARDEN. Depending on the type of garden you have, and the kind of things you're growing, there are a number of choices.
Vegie & Herb Gardens
Usually these gardens are cultivated once or twice a year when you're replenishing the soil and replanting crops. A heavy mulch can be annoying on your vegie garden; if it hasn't broken down, you'll need to scrape it off the surface of the soil before you can do any digging. Then, you have to replace the mulch afterwards.
There's nothing wrong with doing this, and there's nothing wrong with using a heavier mulch on your vegie garden. However, most people prefer a lighter mulch (like a straw) that will break down more quickly, and can be easily dug into the soil.
Some of the straw mulches we carry at Green Life include:
Lucerne straw. A rich source of nitrogen, available in bales.
Please note: all straw is cut AFTER harvest, meaning seed heads have been removed; however there will always be some seed in the straw. If you have chickens, splitting a bale in the chook yard is a great idea; they'll eat the seeds, and you can rake up the straw to distribute around your garden.
For other garden areas (shrubs, native plants, fruit trees)
In these areas where you don't really have to dig, a heavier mulch is a great option. Woodier mulches are favourable to beneficial fungi for many trees and native plants; plus they last longer, representing better value.
We have a range of mulch products - and will soon be expanding our range of mulches - including:
Recycled Tree Prunings
Three Way Mulch (Feeder Mulch)
** COMING SOON - PINE BARK MULCH
** COMING SOON - JARRAH MULCH
** Recent expansion of our yard & new bays mean we will be carrying an increased range of mulches this spring/summer. Deliveries are anticipated early November for these products. (Jarrah mulch is expected 2.11.16)
For the month of November, VIP's are eligible for a 10% reduction off the regular/full price of our range of mulch products. Please ask for the discount when purchasing - in store or when booking a delivery. Ordering online? use the code "Mulchsaver" at checkout to apply the 10% to products purchased from the Mulch category of our site.
CONGRATULATIONS to the people below, who have won garden goodies in our October birthday prize draw. Winners will be contacted regarding their prizes.
We'd really like to thank ALL OF OUR CUSTOMERS for your support this month (and every month). We wouldn't be here without you!