Dig in for na­tional gardening week

Bay News - - YOUR GARDEN - Ginny Clark

Who doesn’t love an ex­tra day off in the­week­end? It gives us a chance to re­lax a lit­tle and get the vege and flower gar­den spruced up (or at least get started on) and to get plant­ing!

For a great pro­duc­tive and colour­ful gar­den start by get­ting your soil right. With the de­vel­op­ment of many homes in new sub­di­vi­sions, this is ever more im­por­tant.

Build­ing up the soil takes time but is well worth it. Raised gar­dens are a great op­tion if you have bad drainage. Make sure you fill them with qual­ity gar­den mix and our Magic poul­try com­post for best re­sults.

Adding a ready made vege or gar­den mix will beef up the soil, es­pe­cially if you have been gardening in the same place for the last few years. Add iCan Or­ganic Vege food, iCan Real Blood & Bone or sheep pel­lets when plant­ing.

This will im­prove the struc­ture and fer­til­ity of the soil and you’ll be well re­warded with much health­ier and hap­pier plants.

For the vege patch there’s a huge range to se­lect from at this time of year:

Toma­toes are top sell­ers but en­sure you go for the best— grafted toma­toes— these are hy­brid grafted va­ri­eties which will pro­duce heaps of healthy de­li­cious toma­toes. Be sure to pro­tect them from the cool spring winds how­ever.

If you want to plant seeds, check out our ex­clu­sive iCan range of vege seeds. These are the best the coun­try has to of­fer with su­pe­rior taste, disease re­sis­tance and high yields.

Make sure there’s plenty of room in the vege patch for a va­ri­ety of let­tuces along­with cu­cum­bers, cap­sicums, egg­plants, pump­kins, beans, spring onions . . . herbs are a must for the kitchen gar­den too — basil, pars­ley, sage, oregano, thyme, co­rian­der . . . wow where do I fin­ish list­ing all that’s avail­able.

If you don’t have a vege patch then start up awee one in a pot or a series of pots— we grow all our toma­toes in pots and we have some great big plas­tic pots with han­dles that are ideal for this. Hang­ing bas­kets are also per­fect for grow­ing the likes of Tum­bling Tom toma­toes.

Vege­pods are a great idea if you would like a small gar­den on wheels. We have three sizes in store.

Add some colour to gar­den beds, pots and hang­ing bas­kets this week­end too. Clear out any old tired plants and re­new with fresh mass plant­ings of colour— like petu­nias, marigolds, salvias, lo­belia and ver­bena.

We have a huge range of flow­er­ing pun­nets ready for plant­ing out and this is a great way to quickly and in­ex­pen­sively create a fresh colour­ful look.

En­joy the­week­end and happy gardening!

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A na­tional plant­ing day will be held on Oc­to­ber 20.

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