There’s LOADS to do in the garden at this time of year and we hope this newsletter will inspire you to get
Welcome to our June newsletter and the last for this financial year. What a wonderful start to winter it is beautiful sunny days, that allows us to enjoy our gorgeous state.
But of course our gardens and the farmers need the rain so please ensure your reticulation is now switched off not only to save precious water but to avoid a fine.
We just want to say a bit thank you to all of our customers for a fantastic end to the 2016/17 financial year. Looking back this year had been both a year of hard work, consolidation and steady growth. Your loyalty and trust in us to care for your gardens is really appreciated.
We just want to say a bit thank you to all of our customers for a fantastic end to the 2016/17 financial year. Looking back this year had been both a year of hard work, consolidation and steady growth. Your loyalty and trust in us to care for your gardens is really appreciated. ed his Pesticide Licence.
Whilst on the subject of end of financial year we do ask that all invoices for June, and indeed all invoices, are paid as per our terms that is immediate payment preferably by EFT although of course do accept cash by arrangement. For June this is particularly important for us and our accountant!
We will of course, and do make arrangements, if you are away or wish to discuss payment terms. As a small business, strong cash flow is vital to our sustainability and long term growth as I am sure you will understand.
What’s happening in the garden now?
Did you know that Winter is the best time to plant new deciduous and fruiting trees? Get some good advice from Maurice on what varieties suit your situation.
Always consider the full size of the mature tree and ensure you won’t be creating an expensive problem to deal with down the track, or something that may cause issues with neighbours!
There are lost so smaller varieties of fruit trees now that can be grown in pots if you do not have a large garden. Maurice loves his pots around our garden – ask him for advice, he loves to help!
Vegetables for winter
Soon asparagus and rhubarb will be available, so prepare your planting spots. Bear in mind rhubarb doesn’t cope well with our hot summers so it might be better in a large pot so you can move it around with the seasons.
We have grown some lovely small cauliflowers and cabbages and always have lots of green vegetables, – kale, spinach, lettuce and radicchio –in pots around the garden as well as in our vegie patch.
Green’s are great to have on their own or to add to soup, casseroles and stir fry’s. We can certainly help you set up a garden or your pots.
Pests – Weeds, Slugs and Snails
As the soil is now a little damp yet the weather warm , we are sure you’ve noticed that weeds are springing up everywhere. This is important to stay on top of this. Hand pulling, chipping them into the soil, or smothering with mulch are the most environmentally friendly options.
Or organise for our team to assist you in your regular weeding and spraying over winter.
Another ‘favourite’ pest once there has been some rain are the slugs and snails. Keep an eye on your young seedlings and if necessary go out at night with a torch.
Doing this a few nights in a row will make a serious dent in the population very quickly. The snails can be put in half a bucket of hot water with some salt (a good couple of tablespoons at least) and this will kill them.
- Fertilise your winter vegies every few weeks with a light liquid feed.
Make compost! Use those prunings, fallen leaves, weeds and your peelings to make some valuable compost that will be ready to use in Spring! We can show you how.
What to plant now…
Globe artichokes, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower (be quick), celery, garlic, jerusalem artichokes, kale, kohl rabi, leek, lettuce, onion, peas, potato, radish, silverbeet, spinach, snow peas, spring onions, strawberries, turnips.
Concerned about caterpillars? Interplant dill – these herbs are reputed to be useful in keeping them off your vegies.
Most herbs (with the exception of basil) will do well planted now. Coriander is a great herb to plant now and grow over the cooler months. Consider some flowering annuals.
Things like pansies, violas, nasturtiums, calendula, marigolds etc. will add colour and help with attracting pollinators and confusing pests.
Here is the list of dates for green waste collection. We can organise to prune and clean up your garden ready for the next City of Mandurah collection.
Chat with us now to organise this. The dates are below:
Turn off sprinklers
Finally again make sure you turned of your sprinklers on 1st June to 31st August Sprinklers need to be off to help save water – winter time does not need as much water and with our dams desperate for water, every extra bit counts!
If you need help to reset your controller please contact.
Maurice and I are away for one week in July Sunday 16 July to Sunday 23 heading to Sydney on the Indian Pacific with four nights in Sydney.
So looking forward to the trip. We will have Michael and Mal still working to keep regular jobs scheduled in.
Until next time – keep warm over winter!