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Hello Garden Club Members
Autumn is upon us and the evenings are gradually drawing in and becoming colder. Winter is fast approaching, so what can garden owners look forward to in the Autumn? Preparing for Winter of course! Autumn is a really good time for new planting of Natives and your Herbs and Vegetables, because the soil has sufficient moisture thanks to regular rain showers. The ground is still warm from the Summer, so the plants will grow quickly without the harsh intense heat from the Summer sun.
In our current newsletter we are featuring a few of the beautiful Sub-Tropical Fruit Trees which we have in the Garden Centre at present, including the amazing Red and Yellow Dragon Fruit which grow very fruitfully in our climate. The Garden Centre has lots of new species coming in weekly suitable for Autumn planting which we haven't been able to include in our newsletter. We have also included another great article which Josh in the Garden Centre has written to help people with some really important Autumn Gardening Tips.
The Garden Centre is looking great, and customers are loving all the new Autumn Stock, New Homeware Pieces and Local Artisan Works which are really enhancing the inside and outside space of the Garden Centre
Hope we can see you in here soon to discuss your Autumn planting needs and help you with any problems you may be having in your garden at this time of the year.
Happy Gardening....
 

Ahh...the rain! you might be sighing with relief as you have been watching your garden flourish from the recent wet season. However, the higher temperatures and humidity are probably still sending you toward the beach or finding refuge in your local watering hole or cool forest canopy. The good news however, is that cooler more pleasant conditions are on their way!

Our Autumn months here on the Sunshine Coast begin quite warm with March averages ranging between 26.3oC min-29.7oc max, April starts to become quite mild and delicious ranging from 25.3oC min- 27.2oC
max, and May becomes one of the most liveable and beautiful months of the year with temperatures from 22.7oC min-24.3oC max.

Over these months too, a drying trend begins as we move out of the Summer monsoon patterns, into cooling changes driven from the south. Monthly rainfall averages drop from around 240mm in March to 130mm in May. each season can vary though, if one of our notorious east Coast lows develops between the transitions of season late in Autumn.

With great soil moisture and growing temperatures through these months, there is no better time to get busy outdoors in your garden.

IN THE VEGGIE PATCH

now is one of the greatest times in the vegie patch to plant your most diverse variety of species. With vegetables you can now plan where to put any of the following: Tomato, capsicum, eggplant, lettuces of all varieties, rocket, radish, carrot, beetroot, silverbeet, kale, beans, peas, cucumber, zucchini, cabbage, broccoli, turnip, onions and garlic (including bulbs).

Whilst not the easiest things to grow in SEQ, the small window of opportunity opens to grow true cooler climate vegetable varieties such as broad bean, parsnip, cauliflower and artichoke. These vegies are generally not too successful but get them going now to try to ride the cooler months ahead.

March through to mid-April is the best time to get everything planted in the ground. It
is also good to get a green manure crop started for any beds you plan to leave fallow over the cooler months to prepare for spring plantings. 

HERBS

This is a great time to get more of your herb varieties up and running now that the humidity begins to drop. In particular you can finally start to have greater success with your coriander as it won’t

bolt to seed as quickly. Additionally, you can now get these back into
your garden: chervil, chicory, fennel, sorrel, rosemary, tarragon, lavender, marjoram, oregano, parsley, rhubarb, sage, thyme and yarrow. It is also a good time mid-Autumn to get all your spring flowers started and planted in your garden. 

FRUIT TREES

After recent heavier rain events and still more to come, it is a good time to ensure that your fruit trees are well fertilised before the cooler months. Pruning should be well finished before now, to allow your fruit trees to grow stems and canes that will provide your next crops. use complete organic fertilisers that are rich in nitrogen and organic compounds as well as trace element.

A good pellet style, top dressing fertiliser like Organic Extra which is boosted with sulphate of potash is a good choice
to prepare your trees for the cooler months. Check the soil around your blueberry bushes to ensure their soil pH is as close as possible to their optimal requirements of 5-4.5pH for sweeter, greater fruit. 

You Can Grab these goodies from our GARDEN CENTRE!

EARTH WATER BOTTLES
It is so simple and such an easy thing to change, from plastic to a sustainable, reusable and beautiful product. So....Why choose Earth Bottles? Made with grade 18/8 stainless steel, a sustainable and stylish product, an Australian company that discourages the use of a single use plastic bottle and BPA Free!

earthbottles.com.au

750ml - $53.95
500ml - $42.95

SOW GROW EAT 
HERBS IN A BAG 

Where would we be without Parsley, Basil and Chives in our lives! Growing your own herbs has never been so easy! (or so cute!)

sowgroweat.com.au
$9.95

DR GROW IT ALL – LIQUID FERTILISER

This complete solution containing biological compounds and billions of beneficial bacteria, promotes bio-stimulation for exceptional plant growth while replenishing the soil and increasing microbial activity for long term sustainability. Dr Grow It Allâ„¢, is recognised by Australian Certified Organic as an organic garden product.

drgrowitall.com.au
$19.95 - 1L

LEMON CANARY ORGANIC CANDLES
 A gift to you from nature. The beautiful Lemon Canary Organic range is scented with 100% pure essential oils. Feel the love in each candle as essential oils are released. Lemon Canary support local farms and communities wherever possible. Enjoy!

lemoncanary.com.au
$39.95

ECO BAMBOO AND HUSK PICNIC SET

Let’s go for a eco-friendly picnic! The Biodegradable Picnic Set is made from innovative renewable resources like bamboo and corn starch. ECO SOULIFE biodegradable products are dishwasher safe and BPA free. The reusable, sustainable nature of these products makes them a great alternative to single use plastics and help global landfill.

ecolifeinternational.com
$59.95 Set

Wurtz Avocado / 5 litre bag -$49.95

A gorgeous small tree for gardens, Wurtz is a popular variety of avocado, prized for its rich, flavoursome fruit. A flowering, self pollinating variety that can produce avocado fruit on its own, but may produce more if paired with a B flowering variety of avocado. A good performer in warmer climates, Wurtz is a dwarf-like tree growing only to 3-4m, yet produces a consistent, heavy crop of beautiful fruit! Expect fruit from September – December. 

Tahitian Lime / 5 litre bag - $25.95

This variety produces very juicy fruit all year round. The plants grow to around 3x3m tall, and they do well in the garden or in pots. There is also a dwarf Tahitian lime which is grafted onto dwarf rootstock and the plant only grows to 1.5mtr x 1.5mtr. The seedless fruit is small and green when ripe, although it can be left on the tree until it turns yellow. Tahitian limes are easy to grow. They are reasonably frost tolerant, but in very cold areas you should wait until Spring before you plant. 

Dragon Fruit / 140mm pot - $16.95

The Pitaya is more commonly referred to as the dragon fruit. It is an extremely beautiful fruit that has dazzling flowers and an intense shape and colour. The dragon fruit is usually a dark red colour, although some types of this fruit are pink or yellow. The skin of the dragon fruit is a thin rind. The skin is usually covered in scales, and the centre of the fruit is made up of a red or white, sweet tasting pulp. Dragon fruit has an extremely low amount of cholesterol, which ultimately helps the body break down this fruit quickly, keeping you happy and healthy. It’s the perfect fruit to maintain your weight and satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Fig Red Conadria / 5 litre bag - $39.95

The variety Red Conadria fig is an heirloom variety, selected on the basis of being crack and split-resistant. All have very high sugar content and are very resistant to decay. A medium to large pyriform fruit. Juicy, with excellent flavour, sweet and mild. Fruit resists spoilage in rainy weather and has a small, tight eye so it rates well for insect resistance. Skin cracks all over but does not split. Flesh is firm. The trees grow to average size and are considered to be long lived and are highly productive producing large crops. One of our favourites! 

Rainbow Chilli / 140mm pot -$17.95 each
A beautiful looking plant that gets its name from the colours, purple, yellow, orange through to red, a rainbow of colours. The plants grow bushy and get to around 60cm in a pot and about the same wide. It fills with 100’s of tear drop shaped pods that grow to 2.5-3 cm long and 1 cm wide. They start off a purple and they go through yellow to orange and red, when the plant is full of multi- coloured pods it looks amazing. Medium heat when lighter colours and reaches its full heat when bright red in colour. The Rainbow Chili is a great little plant producing chili’s most of the year, would grow smaller in smaller pots, so great for the space challenged or those into colour, nice flavour and great heat from medium to strong burn, one colour for everyone. 

China Flat Peach / 5 litre bag - $39.95

Also known as the Donut or Saturn Peach this freestone peach is as tasty as it
is unusual. Looking like they have been squashed into a uFO shape they make for an interesting addition to the fruit bowl. With white flesh that is very fragrant with a delicate flavour the China Flat is an ideal snack size. Self-fertile and requires low winter chill hours to set fruit, will cope with humidity in warmer northern climates (also suits coastal planting). Lovely addition for any home gardener or suburban block without a lot of space. 

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