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Welcome to Winter! It has officially arrived; and after a few days AT LAST of decent rain - it feels like it! It's the time of year for hearty soups, stews and lots of fantastic winter vegies - if you haven't got them planted out yet you'd better get cracking!
Many plants in the garden are seeming a little confused after such a long, warm and dry Autumn. But deciduous trees are definitely getting themselves ready for dormancy and the winter weeds are just starting to germinate I've noticed. (They never seem to go away, do they?)
Winter in Perth - by world gardening standards - is actually pretty mild. Some countries lose their gardens under thick layers of snow, and can only garden in the warmer months once the melt comes. But we're lucky - there's really no end to the amount of things we can grow through our Winter season, so rather than hibernate away, take advantage of the Winter rains doing the watering for you; and get busy outdoors!
Hopefully we've got info in this newsletter to get you inspired.
In last month's newsletter we featured an article on the successful growing of indoor plants. The resurgence of interest in bringing plants back inside is quite amazing! We're aware this is a potentially a whole new generation of people getting their hands dirty (so to speak) and gardening for the first time. It's pretty much how I got started being interested in plants - some years ago now! So to provide something of value to this group of gardeners, GLSC is excited to launch a NEW indoor potting mix. We're packaging it in a 10L tub (smaller than bags & resealable) with a label giving some good pointers on keeping indoor plants healthy. We'll be adding it to our website very soon - we're just waiting on labels. So keep your eyes open for it & tell your indoor plant mad friends!
Remember - the Winter sprinkler ban is now in place. You're not permitted to use your retic system BUT you are still allowed to hand water. If we have dry spells, do check your soil (your finger is the most reliable water meter available!). You won't need to water daily as cooler temperatures won't be stressing your plants; but some plants more than others will still appreciate a weekly drink.
We're in the process of putting together more workshops for the 2nd half of the year - but we've got one coming up in a couple of weeks all about designing (and using) a herb garden. For more details and bookings - click here.
As always - your feedback is welcome; we're always open to ideas of things you'd find useful to read about in future newsletters.
Until next time - happy gardening!!
Linda & the Team @ The Green Life Soil Co
In this newsletter:
Lots of great vegies & herbs can be planted now! You can try brassicas from seed as a 2nd crop (assuming you've got some in already) - but if you're in a hurry to get to harvest, you're better off looking for healthy seedlings which will give you at least 4-6 weeks head start on your crop. See our handy 'When to Sow' guide and our 'Top 12 Edible Plants for Autumn/Winter in Perth' free downloads here.
It's time to grow:
Globe artichokes, Asparagus, Beetroot, Broad beans, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Coriander, Fennel, Garlic, Jerusalem artichokes, Kale, Kohl rabi, Leek, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Potatoes, Radish, Silverbeet, Snow peas, Spring onions, Strawberries, Swede, Turnips. (Turnips & Beetroot pictured right.) See our free fact sheets for how to grow info.