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Late summer is the time of year where the susceptibility to blight increases. This will in particular affect tomatoes and potatoes. Spray plants with ‘Gro Safe Free Flo Copper’.

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White butterflies are out in the garden at the moment causing damage to brassicas. Protect affected plants with ‘Derris Dust’ or ‘Yates Success Ultra’ or ‘Yates Mavrik’.

Late summer is the time of year where the susceptibility to blight increases. This will in particular affect tomatoes and potatoes. Spray plants with ‘Gro Safe Free Flo Copper’.

At this time of year a lot of citrus tends to become covered in sooty mould and closer inspection shows the cause – a heavy infestation of scale on the undersides of leaves. Now is the time to apply an oil spray of ‘Gro safe Enspray 99’ or ‘Yates Confidor’ to clean up and to protect the new season’s growth. A follow up spray in March would be advisable.

Time to plant vegetables now to harvest during the colder months, it is important to have them as close to maturity as possible before the cold arrives.

Time to plant silver beet, spinach, cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts and spring onions.

Make sowings direct into the soil of carrots, parsnip, swede and peas.

Make sowings of flower seeds in trays for planting out towards the end of next month for a winter display. Plan for cinerarias, sweet peas, poppies, snapdragons and pansies.

Regular harvesting is recommended to keep on top of ripening fruit and vegetables. Beans, corn, zuchinni, peaches, nectarines, tomatoes, cucumbers and others are growing at an amazing rate.

Time to plant spring bulbs now available in stores; anemone’s, ranunculus, crocus, daffodils and hyacinth bulbs for winter and spring colour, these look great in pots or in the garden.

Summer prune any excessive growth on stone and pip fruit to allow more sun light to ripen fruit.

Spent blooms on roses should be trimmed and removed frequently during the flowering season, not only for the tidiness of your plants but also to prevent the formation of seed heads which is a waste of the plants energy. When flowers or spent blooms are cut a reasonable length of stem should be removed. New shoots have generally started to develop on the old flower stem and a clean cut should be made just above one of these. New growth will then come away quickly resulting in more flowers. Fertilising at the same time as trimming will give the best results.

The main lawn sowing season of autumn is just about upon us, thorough preparation is required for optimum success, talk to staff at a garden centre for advice.

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