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What to do in the Garden this July

With the cost of living skyrocketing, there’s never been a better time to become self-sufficient and start growing your own edible garden. With plenty of vegetables and herbs available to grow and harvest in July, there’s nothing stopping you from creating your very own farm-to-table meals.

In the Veggie Patch

The best way to ensure you have a bountiful harvest is the groundwork, literally. If your soil isn’t prepped it can limit the growth and output of your plants. When preparing your plot, be sure to mix through compost such as Rock Point Active Gro and a generous application of Neutrog Seamungus. Seamungus is an easy to use pellet containing composted seaweed, fish, humic acid and chicken manure. Once your soil is prepped it is time to start planting.

Ideal edibles to plant in July include:
  • Asian Greens
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Chives
  • Celery
  • Kale
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Radish
  • Rocket
  • Silverbeet
  • Spring Onion
  • Tomato
  • Strawberry

Most herbs can also be planted now, including Basil, Coriander, Thyme, Marjoram, Oregano, Dill, and Mint. Rocky Rocky Point Lucerne or Pea Straw Mulch is the perfect mulch for around your vegetable and herb plants. These legume mulches will retain moisture, suppress weeds, and will add much-needed nitrogen. This feeds the soil and your plants!

Previously planted Autumn vegies will be producing lots of new growth this month, and many will be almost ready for harvest.

If you’re looking for something exciting to grow, you could try berries. There are many types of berries available to plant in the home garden, but our favourite to grow are blueberries.  With a high threshold once established, you have the potential to be harvesting up to 4kg of blueberries each growing season. These tasty berries are packed full of antioxidants and are proven to be beneficial to both diet and health.

This is also a great time to plant seed potatoes, so you have a bountiful crop come spring and summer. Cover with straw to protect new shoots as they will grow up and through it, reapply straw as the shoots grow if frost damage is likely. Trust us when we say, homegrown potatoes are the best-tasting potatoes, so it is worth having a go at growing these yourself. To discover more make sure to read our blog on How to grow Seed Potatoes

This is a great time to plant citrus trees. Citrus comes in many varieties and size options, so they can be the perfect choice for pots and smaller gardens if space is hard to come by.

The Flower Garden

July is the perfect month to clean up your garden. Many trees, shrubs, hedges, and perennials will be in dire need of a good prune back or tidy up. Avoid pruning evergreen plants that will flower in the spring. Wait until after flowering before pruning and always feed any plants that you have pruned with a high-quality fertiliser such as Terra Firma Organic Life or Searles 5 in 1 Plant Food to encourage new growth.

Continue to top up your mulch if needed. It looks great and is the best way to keep your garden weed-free and climatised, as it will retain moisture and warmth.

There are still plenty of winter flowering plants available this month that will add colour to your garden. Come in-store today and check out our range.

Happy Gardening from Nicholas and the team at Capalaba Produce

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