July’s deep Winter is the best time to inspect and assess your garden for any potential improvements. Growth has slowed down so it’s a good opportunity to take a closer look at your plants needing that extra care. The weather is fresh, crisp and invigorating, and there is much to do in the garden and a lot more in the garden shed.
1. Clean up your garden tools
On the gloomy days of Winter, there are some easy jobs that you can do such as caring for your garden tools. Having clean and sharp cutting tools helps to keep diseases and pathogens out of your plants by lessening the area exposed after pruning. Thoroughly clean all your tools with a wire brush to remove dirt off the metal parts, and sand away any rust with sandpaper. Use a whetstone block to bring your blades back to optimum sharpness and finish by wiping or spraying them with a suitable lubricant. It’s a good idea to sand the handles of your wooden tools to remove any splinters.
2. Feed your citrus
Any spare areas of earth that will be planted up in Spring can be prepared by digging Richgro Black Marvel Garden Compost through the soil. If you garden beds are full of plants then use it as a mulch as worms will drag this down and do the hard work for you. Feed your Citrus in late July with Richgro Blood and Bone which will also get your soil ready for Spring growth. The potash content in Blood and Bone will help develop the fruits and Nitrogen is perfect for leaf growth. Phosphorus is excellent for root growth and will help the plant thrive.
3. Keep on top of weeds
Now is a great time to mulch your garden beds and to keep on top of weeds in your lawn and garden. Manually pull-out weeds that are growing through the mulch or lawn and use Richgro Beat A Weed Natural Weedkiller. It is fast acting and works by dehydrating the plant and burning it from the top down.
4. Plant Fruits and Veggies
July is a good time to plant Kale, Coriander, Leeks, Onions, Radishes, Lettuce, Potatoes, Silver beet, Salad Greens, Carrots, Spring Onion and Parsley in your garden bed. Fruits like Oranges, Lemon, Lime, Apple and Rhubarb are great to plant too. Improve your soil by mixing one part of Richgro Black Marvel Garden Compost with three parts existing soil and dig in well ensuring that the soil is well blended. Once you are happy that the soil is well blended, plant your fruit and veggies, then top up with Richgro Natural Pinebark Mulch and water well.
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