While the mornings have been getting colder the days are still very warm. So it’s still all systems go in my yard.
I read a great little article the other day on 5 ways to maintain your garden during spring. I thought I’d add to it with a few more tips.
I always mow and then spray about three days later. I use Searles ‘Lawn Perfect’ as it kills most of the weeds coming up at the moment. I don’t worry too much about winter weed as I find out it dies out quickly as soon as the weather warms up.
About two months ago I soil wetted and fertilised my lawn with organically certified soil soaker and lawn fertiliser so it’s really thick and hopefully will survive the winter.
Spray my fruit trees and change my fruit fly trap wick
I wasn’t paying much attention to my citrus this year. I trimmed them early and now all the new growth has been attacked by aphids and mites. I am going to spray them with Eco-oil (BFA certified organic spray) and I am going to give them a fertilise with Organic Link (BFA certified organic fertiliser). I should also start a fortnightly fertilise with Plant Care to give them an immediate boost.
If you have any sick plants in your garden at the moment, this would work a treat for almost any plant.
Any fruit I did get was hit by fruit fly so I also need to refresh my Fruit Fly trap wick and start using Eco-naturalure. I’ve just started to get tomatoes and I don’t want them hit by fruit fly.
Feed my winter flowering plants
My camellia sasanquas are all looking good (I remembered to fertilise them in Autumn) Now its time to feed with Organic Link my rondeletias, zygo cacti, azaleas, camellia japonicas and my poinsettias to keep them looking good and help promote flowers. I will also start Liquid fertilising with Silica and Potash.
Fertilise and use soil wetter
I have been a bit slack in some areas of my garden and its starting to show in the health of my plants.
My gardens need a soil wetter treatment and a fertilise.
I am trialling the new natural Soil Soaker by Plant of Health. Soil Soaker enables hydrophobic soils to become water penetrable and retain water. It also houses beneficial microbes, nutrients, silica and diatomaceous earth these make soil healthy which in turn improves root and shoot development and also reduces plant stress. I will use Soil Soaker first then in a week or so give them all a good fertilise with Organic Link. Late winter they will all get a good haircut.
Enjoy my Vegetable Patch
I’ve reduced my vegetable patch this year and I’m focusing more on herbs, leafy greens and snow peas. I could eat snow peas until I turn green! I am enjoying having a smaller area to take care of as its easier to manage. All vegetables are planted and I have been giving them a fortnightly liquid fertilise with Triple Boost and Neem (to help reduce bugs). One month in and I’m already enjoying bok Choy, spinach, cherry tomatoes and silverbeet.
Jobs done … I can kick back relax read my Winter About the Garden Magazine and enjoy the sunshine!
Do you want a pretty and productive garden this spring? Have little space or a whole yard? Want to have an edible garden but have no idea how to achieve it? Maybe you’ve tried to ‘grow your own’ before and not grown much only disappointment.
This is the workshop is for you.
The Mountain Man, who was the Head Gardener of the Brookfield Kitchen Gardens, will take us through the steps to set up (or revitalise) our very own Kitchen Gardens.
I believe that a productive garden can work in any type of landscape or garden and the best way to achieve this is to utilise the principles of the Potager garden. The idea of a Potager garden basically combines the utilitarian nature of the English kitchen garden with the style and grace of French fashion. It is basically an ornamental vegetable garden. Plants are chosen for both their edible and ornamental natures and are put together in such a way that it looks pretty while still providing food.
The Mountain Man will start from how to build the soil right through to what to plant and how to care for our productive garden. He will also discuss and help us solve some common gardening problems/insects that can affect our gardens.
It doesn’t matter if you have never had a productive garden or if you have been gardening for years. There is sure to be something that everyone can take home and apply.
The Mountain Man is a third generation qualified horticulturist with over twenty years experience. He has a background in wholesale and retail nursery, plant tissue culture, soft landscaping. He was also the Head Gardener for the Kitchen Gardens at Brookfield Garden Centre where he maintained the gardens and gave workshops on how to maintain a working kitchen garden.
The Mountain Man is currently specialising in Australian Natives with a semi-formal garden element. His Mission is to work alongside people in the development of their outdoor areas enhancing both look and feel while raising awareness of environmental factors. Using the most sophisticated combination of native, exotic, modern, classical and organic methods and materials.
Ever wondered what to do when or just wondered why your plants always die? Maybe you are confused about when to trim, when to fertilise and what to fertilise with or maybe you just don’t know when to spray for lawn grub?
This session was our most popular topic on our gardening survey. We all just need a bit of help with the basics sometimes and we need those basics to be spelled out to us in the simplest way possible so gardening becomes so easy it’s enjoyable!
Trevallan is excited to introduce The Mountain Man will be taking us through all the basics of revitalisation our gardens ready for Spring. He will be telling us all the gardening jobs that need doing, how to do them and what products to use to bring your garden back to life.
Just like us, our gardens need a ‘get ready for summer workout’ as we come out of winter. The Mountain Man will be going over some of the big stuff that needs doing – lawns, shrubs, what’s nice as bedding plants, pruning, soil rejuvenation, mulches (what to use and how). Just all of the jobs to help us get ready for Spring
77 Fernvale Road, Brassall
Trevallan is so excited to introduce you to Emgoddess.
Emgoddess, a unique entity focused on changing perceptions and attitudes towards a topic not overtly discussed – a woman’s monthly cycle.
Sharon Wood is the Founder and Director of Emgoddess as well as the author of the Emgoddess book and together with Perfect Potion has also released the four Emgoddess essential oil blends.
Sharon will be delivering the workshop herself. She explains the Emgoddess workshop is especially for women and will take you on a journey through your four phases of the month. You will learn about how your phases affect you physically and emotionally and what you can do to naturally improve your energy, decision making and generally well-being.
This workshop teaches you to understand when and why you feel the way you do at different times of the month. By developing a stronger self-awareness and by linking your natural cycles with four goddess energies.
In doing so, you will increase your awareness, giving you enhanced understanding, confidence and wonderful well-being.
You will learn practical steps of charting to ensure your new found knowledge can be implemented in your daily life.
Females aged 12 and up.
Even if you are yet to experience a period it is a great workshop to attend so you can be more prepared and have a better understanding of your cycles.
Males who wish to have a better understanding of the four cycles are also welcome to attend.
Wednesday 24th May 2017
Trevallan Lifestyle Centre
77 Fernvale Road
$65 per person
Price includes workshop and a signed copy of Sharon Woods Emgoddess Book (RRP $24.95) The book is an essential learning companion when working through the Emgoddess phases.
Plus 10% discount on all Perfect Potion products including Sharon’s Emgoddess range of essential oil Blends.
Tickets can be purchased on line through PayPal, via Bank Transfer, over the phone with Credit Card or instore.
Holding qualifications in holistic aromatherapy from The Tisser and Institute of London, combined with multiple certifications in Herbalism, Natural Fertility Management and Specialised Aromatherapy, Sharon has also worked as an Aromatherapist, including teaching aromatherapy at the Reflexology Academy of Brisbane and the International College of Holistic Aromatherapy.
Today she is driven to change the negative attitudes towards women’s cycles by creating a way of looking at the cycle as a positive thing. The Emgoddess program she has designed not only establishes deeper insights and understandings, but creates a language and point of reference for both males and females to engage in the philosophy and surprisingly have fun with the concept.
On a daily basis through the vehicle of Emgoddess Sharon is focused on establishing global understanding that can bring joy to life and boost self-esteem for every woman. Her work touches women from all walks of life, from the young woman who is just discovering her cycle to women who have been cycling for years with no real connection. Today Sharon’s innovative Emgoddess model and philosophy is the key to unlocking the secrets of the female body whilst at the same time helping others to discover just how amazing they are.