Gardening Calendar

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Gardening calendar August 2021

Days are starting to become longer and Winter is drawing to a close. This is the perfect time to get in the garden and prepare for Spring!

Planting

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Flowers & Ornaments

  • Divide perennials such as cannas, daylilies, agapanthus and red-hot pokers.
  • Summer flowering bulbs to plant this month include hippeastrums, gladioli, as well as Oriental and Asiatic liliums. Also dahlia tubers can be planted now for a summer explosion of flower.

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Trees & Shrubs

  • Deciduous fruit trees (such as pears, apples, nectarines, cherries, peaches and plums) are best planted in winter, especially when they can be planted bare-rooted.
  • Before you plant, you should enrich the soil with compost and manure, which will encourage strong and healthy growth. Baileys Soil Improver contains both and is perfect for preparation. If you have very sandy soils, use Baileys Clay & Compost, it also contains Kaoline Clay and Mineral Silts. Water the new tree thoroughly and spread a layer of composted organic mulch over the surface such as Baileys Moisture Mulch.

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Vegetables & Herbs

  • Sow seeds of warmth-loving vegetables such as tomatoes and capsicums indoors in pots, trays or Jiffy pots using Baileys Veg & Herb Premium Planting Mix so you can transplant early in September.
  • Out in the garden it's worth preparing a vegetable garden for the upcoming spring. Each season brings with it a complete change of crops to grow.  When planting in pots & containers use Baileys Veg & Herb Premium Planting Mix or prepare in-ground with a rich compost such as Baileys Soil Improver Plus and Blood and Bone MixVegetables to plant now include beetroot, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, artichokes, potatoes and peas. 
  • For tips on growing potatoes read our blog: How to Grow Potatoes in WA. 

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Natives

  • Winter is the perfect time to plant natives in our Mediterranean climate because the cool, mild conditions and regular rains give the perfect chance to get a good start before the long, hot, dry summer arrives. If growing in pots, use a quality mix, formulated for phosphorus sensitive plants, such as  Baileys Native Premium Potting Mix.
  • For more information read our blog: Add Colour to your Winter Garden. 

Feeding