Friday, July 17, 2015

Rock Garden Markers - Via

Yesterday the newsletter had a wonderful section on rock garden markers.  If I get the time I think that I will do these for my garden.  They are so adorable!

Photo from
Link to Stone Garden Markers

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Welcome to July - Winter 2015

Sarah’s Melbourne Kitchen Garden

JULY 2015

Things to do in July

Weeding – Winter is a great time to get those weeds under control.  Remember to pull them out by the roots rather than just take the leaves off the top.

Cleaning out your shed – Time to sharpen those tools, check the expiry dates of seeds, and do a general stock take of fertilisers and additives.

If you haven’t already done so, prune the fruit trees and other dormant trees and shrubs.

Check your fencing, gardening edging and paving. Best to do any heavy manual work while the weather is cool.
Sow & Grow

Sow: Salad veg, Asian greens, hebrs, parsley, onions, broad beans
Plant seedlings: Broccoli, Cabbage, salad greens, herbs
Plant trees/fruit: Citrus, atone fruit, apples, berries.  
Harvest now

Salad greens

Pests and problems – Making White Oil
White oil is great for getting rid of sooty mould and other irritating fungi growing on your wonderful plants.  It can be expensive to buy, so why not make your own: In a blender mix 2 cups of vegetable oil with half a cup of dishwashing liquid. Mix 1 tablespoon of the liquid with 1 litre of water  Spray all over the affected plant.(Don't use of ferns, palms or furry leaf plants as it could damage them).

Tips – Growing Apples

I have not had huge success with my apples, achieving only limited crops each year. I suspect that the climate is slightly too warm for the varieties I have chosen. Choose apples to suit your climate.  You are likely to require two, planted close to each other, to enable fertilization (and fruit). Plant (and prune) in winter when the plants are dormant (no leaves). Make sure that the soil is good and has plenty of mulch, fertiliser and water when fruiting. Growing Fruit