Sunday, 9 July 2017

July in the Australian Garden

On really cold days, why not head out to the shed and sharpen, clean, oil and maintain your garden tools. Sounds tedious, but it's really rewarding and will save you cash and plant illness in the long run.

Spray white oil to control sap-sucking pests such as aphids, woolly aphids and scale. Control snails and slugs 

Prune deciduous plants but leave pruning of spring flowering plants until after flowering. Plant deciduous trees and shrubs

Flowers and Shrubs
Prune roses (although wait until later in cold climates). Use sharp secateurs and a good quality saw. Spray bush and soil with lime after pruning. Check for suckers coming from below the ground. Remove as cleanly as possible.
Fruit trees and vegetables
Prune peaches, apples and other deciduous summer fruit trees.
Feed citrus towards the end of the month.
Top up mulch on your vegie patches, herb gardens and ornamental beds.
Cool to Cold Areas - It's bare rooting time in these areas! Get your deciduous fruit trees in now, including apples, pears, plums, peaches and nectarines.
Get rid of bindii now. Water lawn in dry  periods and mow when necessary.
What to sow this month
Delphinium, Dianthus
Broad beans, spinach, silverbeet, peas, seeded Potatoes (in frost free areas)

Birth flowers for July

Traditional - Larkspur or delphinium
Lightness, levity, open hearted and ardent attachment.
The larkspur is a variety of delphinium.
With its lush, dolphin-shaped flowers it is aptly named delphinium.
The gentle hues and refreshing fragrance of this flower give it a refreshing and distinctive natural beauty.

Australian - Dampiera (Dampiera diversifolia)
Named after explorer William Dampier.
A prostrate perennial creeper with small, purplish blue flowers

 Quote of the month

"How can those who do not garden, who have no lot in the great fraternity of those who watch the changing year as it affects the earth and its growth, how can they keep warm their hearts in winter?" Francis King 

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