Category Archives: The Veggie Patch

What you should be planting or doing in your veggie patch this month!

Become An Instant ‘Green Thumb’

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If you love the idea of gardening but just don't quite have the knack just yet, here is a great idea to accelerate your confidence and maximise your results in your garden.

At Bonny Hills Garden Centre and Cafe, we have five fully qualified horticulturists on staff who can answer your questions at our place or yours. Pop by to visit the team with all of your questions about what to plant, when to plant and how to care for your plants too.

Even easier for you, we can visit you at your home for just $150 which includes a $100 gift voucher to spend at BHGC. Take us on a tour of your garden and we will help make it easy for you to get your green thumb on.

Watering schedules, soil type, the best plants for the best places in your garden - a full 1hr consultancy never delivered such amazing results.

Perfect for:

When you have just moved house and you are wondering how to take care of the plants at your new home,

When you want to add to your garden and you need professional advise to plant the right plants in the right area,

When you want help getting a veggie patch started,

When you want to give something to someone who has everything!

If you like the idea of accelerating your green thumbiness, drop past and speak to the team today!

The Secret Ingredient To Amazing Plants

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Watering your garden is very important, without water your plants won’t survive.  How much water, depends on the individual plant and aspect.  Generally speaking your garden will require watering once a week, pots will require more water.  Other factors influencing the frequency of watering include the nature of the soil, the amount of sunlight, how well the garden is mulched and whether the plants are in flower.  If the plant is in flower it may require more water, and also high temperatures will call for more frequent watering. Under watering can leave your plant a host for unwanted pests, and too much water can leave you with rot and diseases.

Watering your veggie patch, ensure in the first instance that your soil is corrected, applying organic matter to your soil will help retain water, along with a barrier of mulch.  Wetting agents can also assist with penetration and retaining water in the soil.  On average you should water each plant for about 5-10 seconds.  Once you have finished watering scratch round and make sure the water is getting where you need it most.  When establishing a new garden you will need to water two to three times per week for the first few months, and then once settled in approximately once a week should suffice.

The best way to check if your garden needs watering is to scratch the surface and if it is dry to a depth of approximately 25mm, it's time to water.  Over a period of time you will learn how much water your plants require to be happy!

Need help with watering strategies tailored to your plants and garden? Organise an on-site visit from one of our qualified horticulturists. Expert advice at your home for just $150 (includes a $100 gift voucher!)

Mikes Tip
If you find your water is running off and not soaking into your soil, try adding a little Penetraide - it is relatively cheap and really helps to get water down to the roots of your plants where it is needed.

Time To Mulch

Hot Weather's Here - Time To Mulch

There are a variety of mulches available to complete your landscape.  Mulch not only finishes the look of your garden, it also plays an important role in water conservation.  Mulch stops the top layer of your soil from drying out, prevents weeds and keeps the soil temperature constant.  Apply on average 100mm of course mulch, and even less for fine mulch.  By fine mulch we mean sugar can mulch, pea straw and the likes, apply approximately half of the usual amount that you would apply for medium to coarse mulch.  Fine mulch can sometimes have a negative affect once broken down and can stop the water penetrating where it is required.  Once organic mulch such as sugar cane has broken down fine, you should turn it back into the soil and re-apply.  Most applications would be suitable for a medium to course mulch, thus avoiding any negative affect on your garden.  Bark based mulches take longer to break down, so you are not having to re-apply as often as straw.  Inorganic mulches such as river rock, scoria or gravel are also very on trend as a mulch at the moment, and do not break down like your organic matter.  Avoid using compost as a mulch, instead apply to your garden prior to mulching, this will condition the soil.  So there you have it in a nut shell the importance of mulching your garden, and your garden will love you for it!

Do you need advice on mulching your garden? Drop down and chat to one of our horticulturists for expert advice FREE!