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Your Garden – July

Your Garden brought to you by Marni Johnson at the Tucker Patch;

What a great area we live in. Beautiful Stroud with its green rolling hills and special micro climates tucked away in lovely rich valleys. Gloucester with its alpine tops, temperate hinterland hills and valleys, luscious river flats and bountiful grazing and paddocks. We can grow everything here with a little bit of tweaking and careful design.”

Winter – Temperate Gardens

Sow this month

Globe artichoke; jerusalem artichoke, braid beans, asparagus crown, beetroot, cabbages, carrots, chines cabbages, lettuce, onion, peas, radish, rhubarb (crown), silverbeet, spinach, tomato seedings (indoors)

The Vegetable Garden

  • Add plenty of compost and organic matter to your soil.
  • Top up with rock phosphate and manure
  • Start preparing empty beds for summer crops

Garden Maintenance

  • Hold off on pruning your evergreens… we are sure to get some cold weather and frosts
  • Great time to move your deciduous trees and shrubs

The Flower Garden

Although many flowering plants like to rest over winter there are many winter flowering plants to bring colour, perfume and pleasure to your garden: Salvia, Camelia japonica, Knipholia winter cheer, grevillea rosmarinifolia, hardenbergia, Geralton wax, lavenders, love in the mist, cineraria, pomegranate, sweet pea and many more!

The Orchard

  • Pick up and bury fallen citrus fruit to avoid breeding fruit fly
  • If you want to encourage growth in your fruit trees this is the time to prune
  • If you want to slow growth then prune in summer
  • Time to wrap the trunks of apples to control coddling moth

Pests and problems

  • To stop White Cabbage Butterfly without using poisons cover plants with exclusion netting
  • Avoid diseases by using crop rotation
  • Get rid of aphids simply by wiping or spraying leaves (top and underneath) with a mild solution of water and pure soap

Start thinking about the coming fire season. This is the time to clean your gutters, prune and pick up dead branches, compost fallen leaves and start planting fire resistant plants ( visit tuckerpatch.com.au for suitable plants)

Tip of the month: Sprinkle wood-ash (rich in potassium) between rows to protect and strengthen peas (woodash will raise the soil pH so don’t over use)

For more information go to www.tuckerpatch.com.au

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2 Comments on “Your Garden – July”

  1. Marnie July 4, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    Hi Helen. Yes our little ‘friend’ monolepta australis can be very destructive. Eggs are laid in the soil surface, mainly in pastures. The larvae feed on grass roots and pupate in the soil. The life cycle takes about two months during summer and there are three to four generations annually. Adults usually emerge from the soil after heavy rains following a dry spell. If larval populations in the soil are high, the emerging beetles will form a swarm and may migrate into nearby crops and plants. There is no known natural predator but I have noticed that populations are less near forested areas. This is most likely due to their preference for cleared land. Imbalances occur the more land is cleared and their favourite food sources decrease. At the Tucker Patch we grow sacrificial plants (last time beans) so that when there is an invasion the beetle goes for those plants first and then we cover them with netting and spray with pyrethrum (an organic insecticide). We do not have any problem with them on our own property which is heavily forested. The red shouldered beetle prefers summer legumes, soybeans, navy beans and mungbeans so you might consider planting a crop somewhere away from your prized plants and see if this works for you.

  2. helen gillard July 1, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    Very helpful info thanks Marni .. a good read too .. we do live in a beautiful area, you are so right.

    Any suggestions on how to control Red Shoulder beetle (?Monolypta australis?)

    I’ve had swarms of them here before most years after rain and been able to catch them while they are more or less together, but for last 6 weeks they’ve been much more persistent and are more widespread.

    Frequent spraying with soapy water seems only to have improved their sheen and appetite!

    They have also been on tree & shrub varieties normally unattractive to them – the strong winds have them sheltering but still “hangin’ around”

    Helen Gillard

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