The cool, dark, and damp winter is here. It’s a great time to warm yourself up by planting trees, fruit trees, garlic and shrubs. And by planting now you give them time to get settled, lay down roots, and get ready for the coming spring.
It’s a great time to plant garlic, shallots, and onions. Plant in fertile, free-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Before planting, add compost and sheep pellets and lightly fork in. In heavier soils, fork deeply and also add Gypsum as this helps to improve the soil structure.
Kale, cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, silverbeet, parsley and coriander can be grown right through winter. But as it gets colder they stop growing as quickly. A good trick to help seedlings along is to use a plastic cloche or cut a fruit juice bottle in half and place over the seedling.
Plant strawberries now, so that they can get their roots down through winter and are all set and raring to go by spring.
It’s a great time to plant deciduous fruit trees such as apples, pears, plums, peaches and nectarines.
To plant: dig a hole twice as wide and twice as deep as the pot that they came in. Backfill with a mix of topsoil, compost, and sheep pellets. Use Natures Organic Fertiliser to help get your roots well established before spring, or use Kings 24+ for a 2-year slow release feed. In heavier soils, plant into a slight mound to help improve drainage.
There are loads of great annuals like Pansies, Cineraria, and Polyanthus available, as well as some great perennials like Cyclamen. Cyclamen prefer a cool, partially shaded spot with free draining soil. Primulas, Cineraria, Polyanthus and Pansies do best in full sun at this time of year.
When planting, mix compost and sheep pellets in with your topsoil or plant straight into Living Earth Garden Mix. Dried blood is available in-store as a supplementary feed that will help you get a stunning show from your primulas, polyanthus and pansies.
Add colour into your garden now by planting Camellias, grow some stunning natives, or ensure you have colour next spring by planting Magnolias or Flowering Cherries. Plant now so that they can get off to a great start next spring.
Grow your own privacy by getting hedges in now. For taller hedges grow Eugenias, Griselinias, or Pittosporums.
Or if you’re after something smaller, grow Corokias, or Buxus (Box hedging).
Add some scintillating scents to your garden by planting Daphne. They’re a beautiful addition best planted in part shade, in rich free draining soil.
Dig a hole twice as deep and twice as wide as the pot that your tree came in. Backfill, mixing in topsoil, compost, and sheep pellets. Plant the tree level with the ground, or in heavier soils, into a slight mound to improve drainage.
Feed with Kings 24+ or for a natural option, Natures Organic Fertiliser, which feeds the plant and helps improve the soil. Stake plants to protect them from the wind. For best results tie to the stake with jute webbing.
Roses are in, and while they are currently thorny twigs sticking out from a pot, now is the best time to plant. There is a large range of different varieties to choose from and planting now gives them enough time to set their roots down before spring. Plant in Living Earth Garden mix and mix in Sheep Pellets and Kings Slow Release Rose Food to ensure that they are well fed.
Keep newly planted veggie beds weed-free. Check to make sure beds aren’t becoming too sodden in the rain, and if necessary improve your drainage.
Start pruning citrus and any deciduous fruit trees that you didn’t summer in prune. Makes sure you prune on a dry, sunny day to reduce the risk of diseases.
For more advice on pruning come in-store.
Deadhead Hydrangeas, and any other flowering shrubs, perennials, or annuals with flowers that are past their best. Cut back perennials that have finished flowering, and trim back trees and shrubs where necessary. Leave pruning roses until July.
Copper Help protect your roses and fruit trees from fungal diseases by spraying them with copper this winter.
Sheep Pellets A great way to add nutrients, encourage worm activity in your soil, and help improve soil structure. Great to use when planting rose or fruit trees.
Frost Cloth Protect frost tender plants from the cold weather.