Subject: July Gardening: WIN 1 of 3 $100 Gift Cards
From: "Yates Garden Club"
Date: Tue, 07 Jul 2009 18:00:06 -0400
 

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July Gardening

Cool mornings followed by crisp, clear days provide ideal weather for gardening in July. On these days it’s a pleasure to be outdoors.

In spite of the cold, there’s plenty happening in the vegie patch this month. Those amazingly tough broad beans can still be sown along with spinach, silverbeet and peas. Read more >

If you’re after a plant for a difficult situation – such as heavy soil, salt spray and wind, or heavy shade – it’s worth doing a bit of research. Read more >

The development of smaller-growing varieties has seen apples – which had fallen out of favour – beginning to regain their popularity in home gardens. Read more >

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Judy

Judy's Garden Calendar

Week 1: July Gardening

Flowers to sow in July
This is a month for sowing delphiniums. The seeds can be slow to germinate, so get them started in some Black Magic Seed Raising Mix and they’ll be ready for planting out in spring.

Vegies to sow in July
Spinach, silverbeet and peas can all be sown into well-limed soil. Seed potatoes can be planted in frost-free areas but, where it’s cooler, it’s best to wait until after frosts have finished.

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Week 2: Underground action

Look in the garden shops at this time of year and you’ll see packets of roots or bulbs on sale. These are always decorated with enticing pictures of the end-result plants.

As well as many ornamental plants available in this form, home vegetable growers will be pleased to find some popular edibles on sale. Rhubarb, shallots, garlic, strawberries, asparagus and berries are typical examples.

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Week 3: Choosing plants for tricky spots

When buying plants for the garden it’s tempting to just grab what looks good at the time. This sometimes works out, but if you’re after a plant for a difficult situation – such as heavy or boggy soil, salt spray and wind, or heavy shade – it’s worth doing a bit more research before making your purchase.

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Week 4: Apple trees are getting smaller

The development of smaller-growing varieties has seen apples – which had fallen out of favour – beginning to regain their popularity in home gardens.

Apples do best in cool to cold climates so, if you’re in a coastal or subtropical area, consider growing an ornamental crabapple instead. ‘Jack Humm’, one of the most popular crabapples, produces bright red fruit.

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Layering and plant propagation

Here’s another failsafe way of propagating favourite plants. It’s called layering, and it sometimes happens naturally without human interference. A low-growing stem bends down to the ground and gradually develops roots where it comes into contact with the soil.

It’s easy to try this in your own garden. Start by choosing a plant with plenty of flexible shoots near the ground. Good examples are azaleas and rhododendrons, daphne, gardenias, viburnums, wisteria, michelias and passionfruit.

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Check plantings of annuals and replace any casualties. Buy advanced seedlings for the quickest results.

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A low-toxic pesticide

A low-toxic pesticide

Conqueror Spraying Oil Gets rid of scales, mealy bugs and two spotted mites.
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Video Feature

Video Feature

Tackling pests and diseases -
Judy Horton takes you through the basics of tackling pests & diseases.
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Pests: Aphids

Pests: Aphids

Buds may fail to open and leaves are twisted and distorted. New growth may be stunted.
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Flower bed

Flower bed

Delphinium - Tall, striking columns of massed double blooms in rich shades of lavender, blue, pink and white.
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Herb garden

Herb garden

Wild Rocket - The easy-to-grow leafy green that makes such a popular addition to mixed salads.
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Vegie garden

Vegie garden

Broad Beans Exhibition Long Pod - Produces a heavy crop of long, well-filled pods under most conditions.
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