As we move closer to our long- awaited summer, continue to prune spring flowering roses and shrubs as they finish blooming and lightly prune natives. Make sure you are fertilizing everything in the garden during November and fertilize roses with a good quality rose food such as Blooming Roses, Organic Fertilizer or Rose Food.Warmer months will bring out tiny sap-sucking insects called plague thrips which love light coloured flowers. Pear and cherry slugs, and sucking insects will also prove a nuisance in the warmer months. Make sure you have Natural Pyrethrum, Eco Oil, and pest oil for the thrips and Garden Lime for the slugs in your arsenal. Sucking insects can be controlled with Confidor tablets, to free up your azaleas and lillypillies.
Summer fruit such as bananas and paw paws will need to be fed with Fruit and Citrus food every six weeks and watered thoroughly.
Continue with planting and sowing your zucchinis, sweetcorn, pumpkins, eggplant, tomatoes, all perfect vegetables for grilling on the BBQ. Sow your radishes into the same veggie bed as carrots to improve the germination rate.
Plan your garden and plant Christmas colour ideal for outdoor entertaining over the holidays, and pot up containers with colourful annuals for decorating summer entertaining areas like your patios, decks and balconies. Other seeds that can be sown are Celosia, Zinnia, Gerbera and Cosmos.
Dig Gypsum and Donnelly’s Organic Compost into clay soils to improve drainage and soil quality and dig in Rapid Soak Granular Soil Wetter in any new plantings in preparation for the hot summer weather and to save water in your garden.
Lift any other bulbs you may have in the garden and that have died down completely, dry them on the ground in the sun and then store them in airy crates. Place them somewhere that is shady, but has enough airflow around. Store them for next year in a cool, dark shed ready for autumn planting.
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