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Hi There and welcome to our December 2013 e-newsletter!
Wow - here we are again - it's Christmas!
We will be closing for our Christmas break 5pm Monday, 23rd December and re-opening 8.30am Saturday, 4th January.
I hope YOU get some time off over the Christmas break to relax with your family and friends, too.
There's still time for some last minute gift
shopping for your gardening friends - we've got some ideas and special
deals below for you.
Thank you all for your support in 2013. We look forward to helping YOU grow a better garden in 2014.
Linda & all the team.
(L-R Andrew, Linda, Paul
front row Matt, Steve)
In this newsletter:
Jobs for the garden over summer
Over the next couple of months the preparation you've done in Spring should be paying off. This is the time of year where you need to keep an eye on things to maintain the health of your plants. Here are some ideas and strategies to help, and highlighted text below will take you to fact sheets for further reading.
We have recently received another Eden Seed order with over 300 packets, and will continue to carry seedling stock over summer.
You can still plant summer crops now like sweetcorn, pumpkin, squash, melons, eggplant, beetroot and some beans - but make sure you protect the crops and provide their ideal growing conditions. You can lose healthy plants in just one day, so if you want to garden through summer, you must be prepared to provide your plants with TLC. See our 'When to Sow Guide' for ideas on what you can try.
Hopefully you will be harvesting some summer crops already - or at least be happily watching them develop. If you don't intend on planting more now until Autumn, start doing some thinking and planning. By noting where your summer crops are growing now, you can make some decisions about what to plant next, and where they can go in your garden. See our Crop Rotation guide to help you decide.
Once summer crops have finished, consider a green manure crop to add organic matter to the soil. Or if you've had problems with nematodes (summer is the 'peak' time for this problem in our sandy soils - see our previously published article on nematode control here) consider a thick crop of brassicas like mustard or rocket to 'clean up' the soil.
Autumn is a fantastic time to garden in Perth - so if you can do some planning NOW, you can be off to a flying start once the hottest months are behind us.
If you have friends or family who love to garden, here are some last minute gift ideas that will be well received:
Moon Planting Calendars
These make a great gift, with a whole year laid out showing the best times for planting particular crops (like leafy annuals, fruiting crops or root crops) and times for maintenance jobs like composting and pruning. Full of interesting astrological stuff - as my best friend says "every dunny door should have one". RRP $11.00. VIP customers buy one, get 2nd HALF PRICE until 5pm Monday, 23rd December.
Gardening Magazines and Growing Guides
Great stocking fillers! We have the ABC's Organic Gardener Magazine, and Homegrown Magazines available in stock. Also a range of Aracauria growing guides - these laminated, fold out guides are available for: Vegetables, Vegetables - Month by Month, Herbs & Medicinal Plants, Biodynamic Growing, Plant Propagating, Seed Collecting, Garden Nutrition, Fruit & Berry Growing, and How Plants Grow.
For the last two years we have fun a Tomato Taste Contest - just for a bit of fun and as an encouragement to home food growers.
Now we know last year wasn't a great one for tomatoes - but this year the word is people are having so much more success, so it's time to get those "love apples" out in public!
Anyone can enter (for a gold coin donation which goes to charity) and there are some great prizes of garden goodies to be won. The winner/s will also be awarded Certificates, so don't understimate the bragging rights around the water cooler!
Damo Mansfield has won the competition both times - so are you up for the challenge? Will this King of Solanums reign supreme? Or can he be knocked off his trellis?
Start talking to your plants and make sure they're producing in fine form - you will need to have your tomatoes in by 4.00pm on Sunday, 26th January (Australia Day) to be in the running.
For full details and terms and conditions, follow our Tomato Contest link right here.
We are really pleased to announce we have been appointed as distributors in WA for eWood. This is a 95% recycled product made from printer cartridges from the Planet Ark collection project. eWood is plastic - but don't think flimsy, lightweight rubbish.
eWood is tough, and comes with a 20 year warranty. It is UV stablised, rot and termite proof, and makes the perfect replacement for timber in raised beds and retaining walls. Tests have been conducted over 5 years and show no contamination or leaching from the plastics into garden beds* - so it's fine for food gardens.
It comes in half packs, pre-drilled ready to assemble kits in the following sizes:
1.2m length x 200mm x 25mm
(So to make a rectangle garden bed 1.2m x 0.3m - you would need one half pack of each size, then fit them together using the supplied screws and joiners.) Two 1.2m half packs are the perfect size for a 4 foot x 4 foot square foot garden bed.
eWood is also available in planks (2.4m x 200mm x 25mm) and sleepers (2.4m x 200mm x 50mm) for larger landscaping projects.
eWood is an Australian award winning product. Come out and see us soon and check it out for yourself - I'm sure you'll be impressed. More information and *technical specifications are available on the eWood website.
We have a super special deal on our Pea Straw mulch for YOU - our newsletter customers.
Spend $50 or more on any of our other garden products and be eligible for Pea Straw bales at $15 each (regular price $21 per bale). Limit of 10 per customer, one offer per household only. Offer expires 5pm Sunday 19th January.
So come on in and top up your vegie garden mulch for a bargain price!
While we normally have pea straw in stock, it turns over quickly so it may be advisable to ring first - particularly if you have a long drive out to see us.
So until next time – have a great time this Summer in the garden! Have fun, and Let’s get dirty!
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