The Green Door Kid’s Club is taking off and the garden centre has been absolutely buzzing with Kelly Jean’s Kids programme. They’ve been planting mint, making hairy caterpillars, learning about the Monarch butterfly, planting up lettuces and they are really loving it.
The pots are all embellished with stick-on treats and the tops adorned with glittery stuff — the boys and girls enjoy it equally. KJ really has the touch with them and afterwards they ramble around our large outdoor space doing the Scavenger Hunt. They are so well behaved.
I am impressed by the parenting of these kids. Beautifully mannered and they say the most heartfelt thankyous before they leave. Such a pleasure to have Green Door filled with youngsters keen to learn new life skills. If you have kids or grandchildren and you’d like them to get a little down and dirty and learn about vege growing, flower growing or just have some outdoor fun — email Kelly Jean on firstname.lastname@example.org and she will let you know when our next events are on — or follow us on Facebook. @greendoorgarden
October is the month in the garden for planting. The weather is warming, the snow has left, the soil is warming and the legs are in shorts — yikes. All that means that it “should” be fine to plant your summer veges — tomatoes, capsicums, egg plants etc. Get them in, get them staked, snail protected and growing!
Roses — pop on a protectant spray to keep away downy mildew — Free Flo Copper, Powdery mildew and Rust — Fungus Fighter, Aphids — give them a zap with Mavrik before the buds open.
Watch your leeks and garlic — these are prone to rust and once they have rust it is very difficult to control. Use Free Flo Sulphur — (not lime sulphur) it is best to spray occasionally to prevent as control is so difficult once rust is imbedded.
In the garden at home Phil and Robyn have just finished the big winter mulch — a bit late this year as we have been so busy at work — however they have beaten the weeds and now the garden is as close to pristine as it gets — time to invite the staff over for dinner. Mulch is superb at keeping the weeds at bay, feeding your plants and keeping in the moisture. It might take a bit of an effort to put it on but you certainly reap the benefits all summer long. Tui Mulch and Feed is a terrific product and we use this right along our espaliered fruit tree line. It looks fabulous as well.
Pots — the full range of geraniums are at last available and these are unbeatable in summer heat. Another container plant I love is the Petchoa — a Petunia hybrid which flowers right through spring and summer, into autumn and withstands some frost too. Our Petchoa at home are back in full flower and flowing over their pots looking ever so pretty. They are a really good choice along with Bacopa as a trailing option. Labour Weekend is not far away — make sure you make the most of it by spending quality time in your garden.