Stage 4 lockdown has been an interesting time, to say the least! We've been lucky enough to be able to continue offering contactless pickup and delivery but, like everyone, we've still had many challenges and changes. One positive has been a bit more time to spend in the garden!
September is when things really start to get going in the garden, anything you plant now will still get the benefit of having most spring growth at your house and will be nice and settled for the warmer weather.
As well as new season plants, We'll be unpacking a new container full of handmade and vintage homewares any day now! Keep a close eye on our Instagram and Facebook for a sneak peek as we get everything unpacked and ready to buy online!
We're way too excited about this one to keep it to ourselves! We should be receiving deliveries very soon of two sustainably and ethically produced clothing brands, Maku and Dhaari.
Both brands have a strong focus on maintaining traditional Indian production methods, including hand-woven fabric and natural dyes. They work closely with local artisans to ensure that traditional crafts are preserved for future generations.
We have selected a range of dresses from both Maku and Dhaari that combine timeless style and ultimate comfort. The highest quality textiles make these gorgeous clothes an absolute breeze to wear. Just the thing whether you're going out or staying in.
Keep an eye out for our full range on our online store very soon!
The start of spring is always uplifting, with blossom, gorgeous new season foliage and rapid new growth. New-season flowers and vegetables are now available with more of the cold-sensitive seedlings like zucchini and cucumbers available towards the end of the month.
We have a new range of compact growing capsicums called Snack Red, Snack Orange and Snack Yellow. These capsicums have smaller fruit and are ideal for pots on balconies and verandahs. The smaller nature of the fruit takes less time to develop therefore this capsicum will fruit earlier and longer as long as they are fed well!
We have already planted up several hanging baskets with spreading petunia seedlings as these will give us great colour from late spring through to late autumn.
We will soon start planting Calibrachoa in baskets and garden beds, always in improved soils or a quality potting mix with a bit of Osmocote to get them off to a good start.
Early spring is the ideal time to replant and rejuvenate your herb garden. We have all the herbs that are suitable for September planting.
- Camellias, Daphne and Citrus trees have worked hard through the winter and need to be fattened up for the season ahead with a good dose of All Purpose Plant Food.
- Prune winter-flowering plants like flowering Quince, Camellias, Spireas, flowering plums and deciduous Magnolias if you need to improve their shape. Also prune natives that flowered through the winter such as Grevilleas and Philotheca.
- Prune any unpruned summer perennials such as Salvias, Gauras, Geraniums, Fuchsias, Plumbago and Oak Leaf Hydrangeas by half and cut Liriope muscari down hard to 3-5 cm high.
- Feed Gardenias with Harry’s Gardenia Food to help them recover from a cold winter.
- Feed Roses and perennials to encourage greater flowering in the months to come and hedges to encourage a flush of new growth.
- Feed all indoor plants with Osmocote.
- Use Multiguard snail pellets to reduce snail numbers and protect new seedlings and new growth.
- Liquid feed Pansies, Violas and Poppies as they will give you the best colour for spring.
- Blue Hydrangeas need doses of “Blueing” fertiliser or Alum now to ensure their flowers are bright blue in summer.
- Feed Buffalo, Kikuyu and Couch lawns with slow-release Lawn Builder to help them recover from a cold winter. If you haven’t already, treat bindi and clover in lawns with selective weedicide now.
We have a new giant fruited Roma type tomato called Titan which has a very strong root system making it less vulnerable to typical tomato diseases and able to grow taller and bear very large “meaty” fruit ideal for sauce, roasting or slicing in a salad. I have been told the fruit are amongst the largest tomato fruits available but still have good flavour.
We have a new super dwarf cherry tomato called Tomato Red Robin, ideal for pots or baskets. We also have old favourite Tomato Tiny Tim, which like Red Robin is only 30 cm tall and bears masses of sweet cherry tomatoes over a long period. Tomato Totem is another new release ideal for pots, it's a little larger growing and bears plum-size fruit.
I always start planting tomatoes early September so that I can start harvesting by early December. All of the cherry types, as well as our favourite tomato Truss Plum, are varieties that flower, fruit and ripen earlier.
Prepare the soil with an enriched compost like Zoo Gro or plant into a premium grade potting mix. Once the first pea-sized fruit start to form, feed with a high potassium flower and fruit orientated fertiliser. Don’t feed tomatoes earlier as it delays flowering and fruiting and promotes soft, leggy, disease-prone growth.
Always dust tomatoes when young with Tomato Dust to prevent pests and diseases developing and never plant tomatoes in the same soil two years running to further limit disease problems.