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Happy New Year! We hope you had a great Christmas and maybe had some down-time to relax. We're back in full swing for 2021; and let's hope it's a great year! We've been at our "new" Wilson Road site for a full year - can you believe it? While there's a lot we've accomplished in that time, there's still more developments & improvements coming as time and budget allows - so watch this space!
How has your garden coped with the heat? We've certainly had some hot days; and I know our garden has suffered. And as for these easterly winds... urgh! So drying and damaging.
At home, we were very overdue with getting shadecloth up, as we had some structural improvements to the framework to do - and you know how one thing always leads to another, right? Well finally we've got over half of our vegie patch protected. We've got cucumbers, pumpkin, tomatoes and basil that have been struggling, and strawberries that have barely hung on - but they should all do much better now, and I can think about a few more things to get in the ground. [Never too late to have a go, right??] If it's any consolation, we're half way (officially) through summer - so hang in there!! If you're like me, and have yet to plant a few varieties of summer crops, here's a tip.
Smaller growing varieties (and smaller fruiting ones - they're not necessarily one and the same) will give you faster results, because plants don't need to put as much energy & time into reaching maturity. There are smaller growing varieties of tomatoes, pumpkins and watermelons for example.
Speaking of summer fruiting crops, Leesa (from The Greenhouse Organic) has written us an article this month all about one of her favourites to grow - WATERMELON. As a naturopath, she's excited by their nutritional benefits too. So check out her piece below.
Job Openings @ GLSC - (x 2 - Sales & Delivery Driver)
Jon, our online delivery driver, has recently sold his house and will be moving away and will be leaving GLSC after almost 10 years! So we're looking for a truck driver with at least an LR truck license, to do our online deliveries in our NEW truck throughout the Perth metro area, deliver pallets of stock to wholesale customers, pickup pallets of stock from various suppliers, and also assist Tommy with bulk deliveries in his tip truck from time to time. The right person for the job will be a safe & competent driver, a friendly representative of GLSC out on the road and when dealing with customers, and with a good level of fitness - there's bags, bales and tubs to lift & shift. We are a seasonal business - so hours will vary. The position will be casual or part time - probably equating to 3 days per week, but we're growing; so there's good potential for more. Forklift ticket would be well regarded. Experience preferred - this is not a junior position. Attention to detail is required to check paperwork, special customer requests, and address details, for obvious reasons!!
Whilst GLSC tends to get a bit quieter in the summer months, Autumn is around the corner - and we will be looking to add to our sales team; again this is likely to be a casual or part time role. Horticultural and/or Permacultural training would be highly regarded; a passion for organic gardening is essential. The right person for this role will be friendly, a team player, and motivated to help the customer solve their gardening problems. Using computers/invoicing will be a large part of the role; as will telephone and email customer contact. A good level of fitness is required to assist with loading of bags, bales and tubs. Forklift ticket would be well regarded; as would experience in a busy retail environment. We can offer flexibility of hours/days worked; and a varied role with potential to grow your skills in a variety of areas. Some rostered Saturday work will be required.
If either of these roles appeal to you - please email through your resume to linda@greenlifesoil(dot com dot au) for us to have a look through!
So until next month - happy gardening!!
Linda & The Team @ The Green Life Soil Co
In this newsletter:
Jobs to do in the January garden
Jobs to do in the January garden
What to Plant NOW
It's the hottest time of the year in Perth making gardening extra challenging. Remember we've got 50% and 70% white horticultural shadecloth in stock - so get some protection up for your vegie patch and with a daily hand water you'll still be able to have a productive garden. Now's the time of year for some succession planting, time to think about starting winter brassicas from seed (well, almost!), and time to think about your Autumn/Winter garden and what is going to follow on from your summer crops when they run out of steam.
Watermelon - as food and as medicine
(Article by Leesa Caldwell - The Greenhouse Organic)
Watermelon would have to be my favourite fruit during the summer months, especially when you pick a homegrown ripe, juicy red one. Did you know that Watermelon is not only very nutritious for you, but also has some powerful medicinal properties?
Watermelons are tropical/subtropical plants and need temperatures higher than 25 degrees C to grow. Their growing season is in the warmest months of the year, which is why they are always found at a BBQ meal.
How to know when Watermelons are ready to pick?
Knowing when your watermelon is ready is a bit tricky as there is no sure fire way of checking whether the fruit is ready for picking. A ripe melon has a smooth, hard rind that is usually green with dark green or yellow spots or stripes. One way of knowing if it’s ready, is that it has a yellow or cream colour on the bottom end of the melon instead of a bright white colour; you can also tell when you see a brown and dried up tendril near the fruit; you can also knock on the melon to see if it produces the hollow sound that ripe watermelons makes; you can pick it up to find one that is heavy and dense for its size.
Although watermelon may not be as nutrient-dense as fruits such as berries or oranges, it still has some impressive benefits. All the varieties of watermelon are loaded with antioxidants and have been associated with a wide range of health benefits.
Watermelons’ high water content, antioxidants and amino acids may make for a better workout. You can sip watermelon juice after you sweat to rehydrate and assist with recovery. (Being high in potassium could cut down on cramps and help with muscle soreness.)
Bioactive compounds present in watermelon have numerous health benefits, such as decreasing the risk of cardio vascular disease, aging related ailments, obesity, diabetes, and various cancer alleviating effects have also been reported; help with joint pain, Ulcerative colitis, digestive disorders, acid reflux, help to prevent kidney stones and so much more. If you would like to know how watermelon can help you medicinally you can read my whole blog here: https://oaktreeherbalclinic.com.au/blogs/news/watermelon-as-a-food-and-as-medicine
In Japan farmers of the Zentsuji region found a way to grow cubic watermelons, by growing the fruits in glass boxes and letting them naturally assume the shape of the square glass box. The square shape supposedly makes the melons easier to stack and store, but the square watermelons are often more than double the price of normal ones. Have to put that down on my to do list. If anyone out there has grown watermelons in a square box, I would really love to know.
Leesa is a qualified Naturopath, Master Herbalist, Nutritionist and Aromatherapist. She grows a range of edible and medicinal vegetables and herbs under her business “The Greenhouse Organic” – available at The Green Life Soil Co. She runs several Educational Workshops teaching people “How to grow their own food and Medicine”. To see the other things that Leesa does you can visit her web page at www.oaktreeherbalclinic.com.au and www.thegreenhouseorganic.com.au
VIP Special Offer
Dry, sandy gardens?? We've got the solution for you! Sand Remedy is our own mineral mix of clay, zeolite and several other important minerals that help with nutrient and water holding. It helps water penetrate, and keeps it at the root zone where it's needed by your plants. It contains trace elements, and also makes other fertilisers more effective, preventing leaching. Sand Remedy goes a long way - a 5kg tub will treat about 15m2. It is Certified Organic, and is a Waterwise Product - endorsed by the Water Corporation of WA, based on independent tests.
A 5kg tub is normally $32 & a 20kg tub is normally $85.
This month, until February 12th, VIP pricing on the tubs is TRADE PRICE - ie. 5kg = $25 (save $7) & 20kg = $68 (save $17).
Return & Refill - because we make Sand Remedy in house, you can bring your own tubs in for a refill and SAVE even more - pay per kg, and save plastic packaging!
Congratulations to the Yanchep Community Garden - who've picked up our $50 voucher this month for sending in pictures from their garden.
Yes, Marge comes down to our yard from time to time from Yanchep to stock up on goodies... This is what she had to say:
"Thank you Green Life Soil for your amazing acid mix and manure which we now use in all our garden beds at Yanchep community garden.
The photos of the Zuchinni were taken ten days apart! To say we are impressed is an understatement!
Please support your local independent retailer who supports us! The specialist retailers listed here will be happy to give you gardening advice and help you with our products - please call to check what lines they carry.