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Garden Tips June 2015

Planting in vegetable and fruit gardens:

Tip to make your herbs last longer or be instantly available: Preserve your herbs in Olive Oil cubes:

Research shows herbs are great for increasing your antioxidant intake. Preserve autumn herbs for winter cooking using our latest and simple trick which we just LOVE: Freeze herbs in ice trays of olive oil. Chop and pour olive oil or melted butter on top and pop in the freezer. This works best with 'hard' herbs - rosemary, thyme, sage - and saves you stumbling through the herb garden in the dark in winter! The last of the 'soft' herbs - basil, coriander etc. - can be made into pesto. Freezing herbs in this way avoids browning off and freezer burn which can occur when freezing dry. The flavour infusion when the oiled herbs hit the pan is stunning!


Indoor Plants: Watch for signs of scale on indoor decorative fig plants. Take outdoors on a warm day and spray with pyrethrum or diatomaceous earth (Available at Kings Plant Barn) as a natural deterrent.
Diatomaceous earth is wild harvested from ground up fossil shells from the sea floor and is a natural and safe way to kill pests such as slugs, snails, aphids, thrips, mites and even cockroaches. The hard sharp diatom shards pierce the scales of the pest, descaling them and causing them to dry out and cark it. Dehydration is nature's oldest form of insect control. And importantly, it doesn't affect earthworms or soil micro-organisms. Make sure you use food-grade diatomaceous earth for your gardens. It's also time to water less over the winter months to avoid root fungal diseases.

In the Garden:

Frost protection: Avoid Jack Frost burning and ruining prized plants - If the temperature is heading to zero and it's a still evening apply frost cloth or layer newspaper over your frost sensitive crops and citrus fruits. Alternatively you can spray plants now with Organic Liquid Frost Cloth for protection.
Rose planting time: Although it seems an odd time to plant, winter is the best time for roses to establish their roots deep within the soil. Choose an area that hasn't grown roses before. Add organic compost into the soil as this will fertilise and not burn the roots. If you have heavy clay consider planting in raised beds filled with Living Earth Garden Mix. The day before planting, fill the hole with water and soak the root-ball of the rose in a bucket to clean and hydrate cutting. Plant and fertilise with Liquid Compost to encourage all time root growth! It is also a great time to get dormant perennials in for colour in summer.
Pruning: Prune raspberry canes and grape vines once they've dropped their leaves. Leave side branches on vines but reduce their length to the last two buds.
Mulch: Mulch your garden with BLACKGOLD Mulch. Winter is an important but often overlooked time to replenish and protect the soil. With 25% compost BLACKGOLD Mulch will also slow feed nutrients into the soil below.

Lawn Care: With winter here, the growth of your lawn will begin to slow, but it important that you still pay attention to it. Fertilise with Prolawn Garden Supreme to keep your lawn as strong and healthy as possible during this period. This will enable your lawn to compete against winter weeds and the cold and wet weather.
Keep your mower blades sharp so as to avoid tearing and damage to the leaf, and keep up your regular mowing.

BRAND NEW PRODUCT IN STORE: Prolawn Broadsword selective broadleaf weed killer is now available! Check it out on our website:

Garden Thought of the Month:

"It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees." George Eliot

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