Seasonal Tips

 

November 2017
 

For further information on what to plant when, how to maintain your garden or beat those pesky pests and diseases come into Peards Nursery and speak with one of our gardening experts.

Things to plant - November

Fruit & Vegetables

  • Plant: Beans, Beetroots, Blueberry, Boysberry, Broad Beans, Cabbage, Capsicum, Carrots, Celery, Chicory, Chilli, Cucumber, Currents, Endive, Kale, Kiwi Fruit, Leek, Lettuce, Loganberry, Parsnips, Passion Fruit, Peas, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radishes, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Rock Melon, Shallots, Silverbeet, Snow Pea, Spring Onions, Squashes, Strawberry, Sweet Corn, Tamarillo, Tomatoes, Water Melon, Youngberry and Zucchini.


Herbs

  • Get your herb garden going by planting Artichoke, Balm, Brahmi, Perennial Basil, Sweet Basil, Celeriac, Chives, Comfrey, Coriander, Cress, Fennel, Garlic, Lemon Balm, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rocket, Rosemary, Sage, Shallots, Spinach, Thyme, Valerian, Verbena Lemon, Watercress and Wormwood.
     

Flowers

  • Plant Ageratum, Alyssum, Aster, Begonia, Cockscomb, Coleus, Cosmos, Cyclamen, Dahlia, Dianthus, Everlasting Daisy, Gazania, Geranium, Impatiens, Lobelia, Marigold, Nasturtium, Pansies, Petunia, Primula Portulaca, Salvia, Snapdragon, Strawflower, Sunflower, Vinca, Verbena and Zinnia.

Things to do now

 

  • Weed garden beds, then mulch with sugarcane mulch to block out weeds.

  • Feed garden beds, shrubs, roses, ornamental trees and fruit trees with Dynamic Lifter, Blood & Bone, granular fertiliser.

  • Check that your watering system is working correctly for the coming summer.

  • Fertilise lawns now with a lawn fertiliser (Richgro Extra Green, Dynamic lifter Lawn Food).

  • Using Tree Guard, band tree trunks NOW to protect Apple, Pear and Quince trees against Coddling Moth.

  • Band Elm tree trunks with Tree Guard to protect them from Elm Beetle.

  • Prepare lawn areas for Summer with Wetta Soil granules to retain moisture longer.

  • Spray Roses for Thrips and Aphids on new leaves and spray with Confidor.

  • Place Gall Wasp trap in lemon trees for spring and summer protection.

  • Cover your tomatoes, vegetables and fruit trees with fruit fly netting and place fruit fly traps and baits in fruit trees NOW as the weather warms up. 

  • Check stone fruit trees for Aphids on new leaves spray with Confidor or Yates success.

  • Check for Lace Bug on Azaleas and spray with Confidor.

  • Check all Citrus Trees  for Spinned Citrus Bug and spray with Malathon and White Oil.

Ross's Plant of the month - Gardenias

An attractive and popular evergreen with handsome, glossy green leaves bearing large, milky white, beautifully formed and heavily perfumed blooms during late Spring to late Summer.  Ideal as an informal perfumed hedge, in tubs and containers, and as a superb garden specimen. 

 

Gardenias will thrive in a warm, moist but well drained position, provided there is adequate shelter from heat, wind and frost.  Ideally they are suited to morning sun followed by dappled afternoon light. Gardenias are acid-loving plants preferring a rich and fertile well-drained soil.  Feed thoughout the growing season and mulch well.

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