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Hello Green-Lifers - and welcome to February! At this time of year things are settling into a 'routine' - kids are back at school, holiday season is over and the year is really underway. It's time to get back into the garden.
Hasn't this rain been awesome? Although we've still got some hot weather in front of us, it is a reminder that the seasons are changing, and if you want to get a head start on your Autumn garden, then we've got some tips to help you.
Also this month we're announcing our Tomato Contest Winners. Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter; it is always great to see the variety of tomatoes you're growing.
We've got a whole new round of workshops coming for the first half of the year - now listed on our website. We'd love to know what other workshops you may be interested in, so drop us a line with your ideas.
Last - but not least - there's our VIP special and a bit of fun (with Valentine's Day just around the corner) showing that growing your own peps up your love life!
So we hope you enjoy this newsletter - as always, your feedback is welcome.
Happy gardening & stay cool!
Linda @ The Team at The Green Life Soil Co
(Pictured right: Blueberry - recently planted into our NEW low pH Blueberry potting mix - have you tried it yet?)
In this Newsletter:
Gardeners are excited that it's time to get seeds started for your autumn garden. Check out our free, downloadable When to Sow guides here - we've got one for Vegetables and one for Herbs.
Some of the choices include:
Beans, Broccoli, Beetroot, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Kale, Kohl Rabi (the alien looking thing pictured right), Leek, Lettuce, Parsnip, Radish, Silverbeet, Spring Onions, Swede, Turnip
Ensure any tender seedlings started off now are protected and nurtured to make sure they survive until transplant stage. Use a good quality seed raising mix, keep out of direct sun and ensure seedlings receive sufficient moisture - but have good drainage. Seedlings that are too wet, or kept under protective covering without good air circulation are prone to fungal problems and dampening off disease.
At Green Life, we've got a good range of heritage/non-hybrid seeds in stock, and will have autumn/winter seedlings coming on-stream over the next few weeks - so if you're impatient to get your autumn garden started, drop in and see us soon! Pick up a bag of our Certified Organic Seed Raising Mix and give it a try. (Pssssst: Check out our VIP special offer below!)
Not quite sure what to choose? Check out another of our free downloadable guides '12 Edible Plants for Autumn/Winter' available here.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to drop off entries in our 2017 Tomato Contest. As always, judging is difficult and totally subjective - but we're pleased to announce the winners are:
1st Prize - Best Tasting Tomato ($300 Voucher) - Peter Langlands with his 'Tommy Toe' Tomato (pictured right)
Special mention/Tomato Enthusiast award goes to Craig Liebeck, who submitted the most varieties of tomato, and who was a very close runner up in the taste ladder. I'm sure you'll see the range of shapes/sizes & colours is impressive in the photo below/right.
I asked Peter if he'd be willing to share some of his tips for growing tasty tomatoes, and this is what he has shared with us:
"This season I grew a green manure over winter (using Green Life seeds ;) which was dug in and left to rot for a month or two.
Sally - our 3rd place winner had this to say: "You must take some credit as it is always your soil I buy, your rock dust but my egg shells and Sabrina's advice "not to prune"!... I am picking a bucket of tomatoes each day so friends and family are benefitting too!"
We're really excited to announce a new series of workshops for 2017 - starting this month. See the EVENTS page on our website for a full list. Click on each individual workshop for full details & to register your booking.
Topics include Propagation, Grow Your Own Food and Medicine (a series of workshops that can be attended individually addressing a variety of health and wellbeing topics), Grafting Techniques, Hot Composting, Compost Teas, Backyard Chickens - and more are in the pipeline. Keep an eye on our Events page to be up to date, and follow us on Facebook.
Growing Your Own adds some spice to your love life - according to a survey conducted at a UK garden show a few years ago.
Nine out of ten people who took part in the survey said the impact of 'growing your own' food felt it improved their relationships with loved ones.
Far from escaping their other half by getting into the garden, seven out of ten people said they work on their gardens together with their partner, and it helps them feel closer to each other.
Hundreds of people took part in the poll. 75% of respondents said they grew their own food because of the improved taste, 75% enjoyed gardening as an activity, 60% said they did it to save money, and 100% of people said they felt healthier and happier eating their own home grown food.
Relationships with partners weren't the only ones to benefit. Eight out of ten people said children in the family enjoyed helping planting and nurturing their own food.
Food as an aphrodisiac
Some surprising fruit & vegies make the list* of supposedly aphrodisiac foods, including:
Chilli - releases endorphins; the 'feel good' chemical in your brain
* 'List' is made up of data dubiously sourced from the internet. No responsibility taken by GLSC for the result - or lack thereof!
We've been telling you it's time to get your autumn/winter seeds going - and to help you, this month our VIP/newsletter deal is:
Spend $50 to receive a bag of our Certified Organic Seed Raising Mix for $5.00 (regular price is $14.00 per bag).
If ordering a delivery, ask us to add the bag to your invoice noting the special deal.
In store - obviously ask one of our friendly team to grab it for you (and remind them of the VIP price).
Limit of one per customer & valid until end of February 2017.