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Keeping your garden well fed and nourished is essential to help you grow healthy and thriving plants.

Happy, healthy, well nourished plants are more resistant to pests, diseases, heat stress and frost.

Fertilising the garden is easy to do, but you need to apply the right fertiliser for your plants at the right time of the year.

What is the best fertiliser to use and when?

Winter is a wonderful time for growing veggies and fragrant flowers. Give the garden a good old prune and tidy up ready for spring.  Here is your Winter Fertilising Guide for the cooler months in order to prepare your garden for spring.

Vegetables & Herbs:

Prune back asparagus fronds to ground level and apply Munash Organics Rockdust over the soil.  For winter vegetables that are in their final stages of growing, feed every two weeks with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Plant Food around the root zone.   Apply a good layer of mulch.

For tomatoes, keep the soil or potting mix consistently moist.  This will keep the tomatoes healthy as they grow. 

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Flowering Plants:

Move orchids into the sunniest spot in the garden and feed monthly with Yates Thrive Liquid Orchid Plant Food.

With the cooler months, relocate plants and divide up and clumping perennials.  Before planting, mix in some Munash Organics Rockdust and water in well to encourage new root growth.

Plant new bare rooted roses in a well drained spot in the garden with at least 6 hours of sunshine per day.  Apply a layer of organic mulch around the root zone to keep the soil moist.  Feeding regularly with Yates Rose & Flower Liquid Plant Food.    Remember to prune any stems that are longer than 20cm to help new shoots develop.  The Burgon & Ball Rose Pruner is perfect for cutting through thorny stemmed plants like roses – don’t forget the Scratch Protector Gardening Gloves to protect your hands and arms.

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Fruit Trees:

Winter is the best season to harvest citrus fruit and you have to harvest them when they’re ripe.  Citrus fruit does not ripen or become sweeter after picking.  The best way to test is trying one – if the fruit is not juicy and sweet, give it another week.  To save time with harvesting, use the handy little Corona Orange Shears, built for fruit picking without damaging the fruit of the plant stem.

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Give your citrus a good feed frequently to prepare them for spring.  Apply a citrus specific food such as Yates Thrive Citrus & Liquid Plant Food or Yates Acticote Fruit & Citrus Trees and Shrubs around the root zone of the citrus trees.  Give the tree a good old drink of water.

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Winter is also a good time to plant bare rooted fruit trees.  Apply Munash Organics Rockdust to the soil a month in advance of planting.  Dig the hole to two spades depth and make sure the soil is turned and loosened.   Give the trees a good drink of water and your newly planted fruit trees will thank you for it.

Fertilise grapevines with Neutrog Sudden Impact for Roses towards the end of July.  The potassium in the fertiliser will help you get an abundant crop of grapes.

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Natives: 

Winter is the best time to plant natives in Australia.  Apply Munash Organics Rockdust in the bottom of the planting hole to help them get started and water in well.  

For established native plants, apply Yates Acticote Natives that will feed the plant for the next 6 months.

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Indoor Plants:

Move your plants into a brighter spot so they can access more sunlight – keep away from windows though as this can lead to cold damage and/or sunburn.

If you notice your plant leaves curling and dying or developing brown edges or spots on the leaves it most likely will be from exposure to heating. Look to where you can move the plants to escape being in the crossfire of central heating ducts. A quick remedy is to place a tray of water underneath and let the plants sit on top of a layer of pebbles in the tray. This will create tropical-like humid conditions for them, which should balance out the situation. 

Spritzing the leaves with Munash Organics Indoor Plant Spray will provide much needed nutrients to the plant and keep it looking lovely and healthy.

Reduce the frequency of watering because plants are not actively growing during the cooler months of winter.   Spreading a fine layer of Munash Organics Indoor Plant food every month will keep your indoor plants happy over winter.

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Pest Control

Common pests on winter veggies are caterpillars and aphids.  Caterpillars love chewing on leaves and also broccoli and cauliflower heads.  To control caterpillars use Yates Caterpillar Killer, it is approved for use in organic gardening and will only affect caterpillars.  

Aphids are tiny insects that cluster under leaves and amongst stems.  They are green, grey, brown or black and can deplete plants if they are in large numbers.  One tell tale sign that you have aphids is yellowing of the leaf .  To control aphids, spray your plants with Yates Nature’s Way Vegie & Herb Spray that is approved for use in organic gardening.  It will control soft-bodied insects like aphids whitefly, mites and thrips.

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Check out our How to Identify and Get Rid of Garden Pests blog to see if you have any unwanted visitors in your garden

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