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February in the garden

16th Feb 2014

    Summer is a vibrant time in the kitchen garden with an abundant harvest of all the warm season vegetables and herbs. The reality of the incredible fresh, healthy, flavour filled goodness of home grown produce is being enjoyed as we begin this exciting season of delightful reward for our effects.

    It is certainly the time to enjoy the fruits of your labor but also to begin preparing for the months ahead. Now is the time to plant Broccoli, Carrot, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, Celery, Leek, Radish, Turnip, Swede, Beetroot, Kale, Chinese cabbage, Celeriac, Spring onion, Lettuce, Parsnip, Spinach and Silverbeet. If sowing Spinach, add garden lime to the veggie patch. Spinach dislikes acidic soil and the application of lime will ensure strong healthy plants.

    What a fashionable comeback Brussel Sprouts and Kale have made over recent years! Both are now declared to be super-foods and are filled with healthy goodness. Brussel Sprouts take between 100 - 120 days from planting to harvesting so give them a prune in early March to reduce the height of the plant and encourage better sprouts. They love a little hit of winter, so as leaves start to yellow and wilt it indicates that it is time to pick your flavorsome crop. Give them a go!!

    Continue to fertilise tomatoes, capsicum and eggplants with a high potassium enriched fertiliser to ensure more flavor and plenty of fruit.

    TO DO IN FEBRUARY

    • Control weeds in the lawn with Yates Bindii & Clover killer
    • New Season grapes have just arrived ready for planting
    • Mulch, Mulch, Mulch! – great for saving precious water and making the most of any summer rains
    • Control Mildew on roses and grape vines
    • Prune annual plants as they start to finish flowering and feed with Bloom booster to promote more flowers
    • Remove any stone fruit which have signs of brown rot, and be sure to spray these trees in winter with Bordeaux - ask us how
    • To control insects and disease on tomatoes, treat with Yates low toxic, dual action Tomato & vegetable dust
    • In dry hot summer conditions Citrus require special treatment and the risk of disease, leaf drop or impact on fruit yield is high. Ask us about watering and fertilising your Citrus as we have specific information depending on your situation.
    • Spray apples, pears and hawthorns with Yates Success to control pear and cherry slug. If you don't want to spray, dust with flour or wood ash, or remove by hand.
    • Rose pests can be controlled with 'Rose shield’, with an all in one fungicide, miticide and insecticide
    • Harvest beans and other summer veggies regularly so they'll produce more crops.
    • Watch out for powdery mildew, which appears like a dusting of powder over the leaves. Control with sprays of dual active Yates Mancozeb Plus Garden Fungicide & Miticide

    Did you know?

    Black spot is a fungal disease and it thrives in warm humid weather. Black spot on roses starts off as a black spot in the leaf and then turns yellow and eventually the leaf falls off. If untreated Black Spot will affect the growth, and in severe cases may kill the plant. Be sure not to water your roses by a sprinkler or other methods, which wet the leaves. Ask our staff for advice on how best to treat this problem.