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Hello & Welcome to Autumn!
Well, it's officially here... while there's more hot days to come, we know day length is shortening, and the signs are there for the plants that a changing season isn't far away... And it's a fabulous time (the best time?) to garden in Perth. (As I write this - it's even RAINING!
And there's lots to do in the Autumn garden - we hope we can inspire you with this newsletter to get started; or at least - to get planning! Don't miss the window of opportunity that is opening in order to reap the rewards for months to come with delicious home grown winter vegies!
Paul recently attended a workshop presented by Dr Christine Jones -soil health expert. One of the main takeaways was to grow a variety of covercrops to encourage microbial diversity. She was talking of the value of green manure, and dense plantings. She also talked about human gut health, and the statement was made that we should be eating at least 30 different plants in the course of a week! (Based on vegies, fruits, pulses, nuts etc.) We decided to document this for our own interests, and are pleased that we made the mark (just). But it did highlight that we're not currently growing much of it; so our goal is for this winter to increase the variety of food crops we're producing ourselves. Fingers crossed - we'll keep you posted!
This coming weekend is the Kalamunda Garden Festival - Paul & I are giving a talk on healthy soil at 10.15am in the Treerings Marquee - so if you're at the festival, feel free to come on in! (Although there are three stages all running interesting programs - so we've got competition! - ha ha!) Wild Gaia Plants will have a few GLSC items to sell - including garlic, kelp fertiliser, fish hydrolysate and more. Limited supplies though, so be quick!
This weekend is a LONG WEEKEND - and we'll be open on the Monday (6th March) from 8.30 - 2.00pm (note early closing) so if you get all inspired at the Festival, come on in on Monday and get yourself all sorted for Autumn gardening.
Watch out later this month for a special week that our friends @ Guildford Town Garden Centre are organising for their 30th anniversary! Keep an eye on their socials for updates & announcements.
We look forward to seeing you soon...
Linda & the Team @ The Green Life Soil Co
In this newsletter:
Jobs for the March garden
Jobs for the March Garden
What to Plant NOW
Oooooh, so many things to choose from in Autumn! Check out our when to plant guides (there's one on vegies and one on herbs), plus there's also an extended e-guide 'Top 12 Edible plants for Autumn/Winter' - all are FREE to download. If you're new to gardening, the Top 12 guide has come very useful info; looking in-depth at popular winter vegies. Plus there's heaps of fact sheets on Perth growing - see the 'Learn' tab above.
To access our free downloads - you must sign up to become a member. Once you've signed up, you MUST check your email and activate your membership in the link sent to you in order to gain access. (It is a required security default.) Any trouble with downloads? Let us know if you have any issues, and we can help. The member's section has a quick monthly guide of what to grow, plus a reminder of the moon phases for optimal planting out - so why not give moon planting a go and see how it works for you? (We still have 2023 moon planting calendars available for sale if you want to get a jump on the season.)
A quick list to consider planting includes:
Artichokes (globe), Asian greens, Beetroot, Beans, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Coriander, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leek, Lettuce, Onion, Parsley, Peas, Parsnip, Radish, Rocket, Silverbeet, Snow peas, Spinach, Spring onions, Swede, Turnip. Pictured right is a Romanesco Broccoli - a cross between a Broc & a Cauli - and definitely a pretty amazing plant to grow!
Plus - it's sooo close to Garlic & Potato planting season! We have garlic in stock already - Certified Organic Rojo and Purple Stripe, and local spray-free Elephant Garlic. So come on in and don't miss out! Potatoes are about a month away - watch this space!
Designing your brand new garden
Autumn in the garden is an exciting prospect - we get many customers in who are keen to begin their gardening journey, and are looking for a little help and guidance along the way. Often they're SO excited they want to rip out their entire back yard and get started. Our advice is always to start SMALL. While it doesn't sound exciting, there are so many good reasons to take an easy-does-it approach to starting growing your own food. While many of us dream of self sufficiency, the reality is with our busy lives (and for some - lack of space) it really isn't possible to grow everything you eat. But it IS possible to eat everything you grow - if you plan it out. So if you're wanting to get growing, here are our top tips to think about before breaking ground (or breaking the bank!).
What do you like to eat? And is it the right time of year?
Planning & Position
Build or buy?
Build or buy Mark II
Want more info? We have a free fact sheet on Autumn Gardening right here! Happy gardening.
It's ALMOST that time of year - and GLSC has now got garlic in stock! Garlic is a great crop to grow at home - it's quite easy to grow, and rewarding too! Fresh & organic garlic is often quite expensive in the shops. Cheap garlic is sourced from overseas; and is sprayed and treated before it hits the shelves; so not really a great thing to be eating if you can avoid it.
Currently, we have 3 types of garlic available - purple stripe, rojo and elephant garlic (also known as Russian garlic - pictured right is ONE clove weighing in at 169gms!). Garlic is available online here - and you can also pay for a postage satchel to get it to you; wherever you are in WA!
Purple Stripe (certified organic)
Purple Stripe is a great all rounder due to it's combination of good yield, great flavour and presentability. It has a flavour that is rich and strong with a fusion of different flavours. Often a nutty flavour when cooked. Each bulb usually has 8-12 good sized cloves, and will store around 6 months from harvest.
Rojo de Castro (certified organic)
Elephant Garlic (spray free)
How to store garlic
How to grow garlic
VIP Special Offer
It's time to ge growing! To kick start your autumn/winter crop propagation - we're offering HALF PRICE Seed Raising Mix this month to our VIP's.Spend $60 and pick up a bag of our Certified Organic Seed Raising Mix for $7.00.
Limit of 2 per customer, while stocks last. Valid until close of business, 31st March 2023.
So come on in soon! Grab your garlic, stock up on seeds, get your VIP March deal and get growing!
Thank you to all those people who sent in photos this month. It's great to see that your gardens and lawns are hanging in there over summer! Remember every month we pick a winner of a $50 store credit to spend with us - so maybe it will be YOU next month? Send in your photos (subject line "photo competition") via email, or via our Facebook page and you're in the draw!
This month, we've selected a very happy blueberry grower - this is what Monty had to say:
I’m just thrilled with the success of my blueberries this year. I realize it’s been a mild summer, but you eat fresh fruit while you can. This is their second year, and they have been bearing since the first week of November and it is now mid February and they are just trailing off. 150grams to 200 grams every two or three days. On days over 32 I put a shade cloth over the top of the bird netting.
I couldn’t find any information about what to do with blueberries in pots in the second year, so with my hands I dug out what soil was not attached to roots and replenished it with your beaut Blueberry Mix, which is what I planted them into in the first instance. Seems to have done the trick. Keep up the good work.
Monty in Yanchep
Here's his photos to prove the results!!!
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 as they can't stock all of our products (but may be willing to get stock in for a custom order - if you ask nicely!). Some of these fabulous retailers also offer a home delivery service (marked with *) - so why not go local? (Please contact the store directly for details.)
Daisy Field Organics - Fremantle
Ardess Nursery (Albany) 9842 9952
THANK YOU for being part of our Green Life family! We hope to see you in store soon. Check out our newsletter next month & stay up to date with our Facebook and Instagram pages for announcements, stock arrivals and general good gardening vibes!