WHAT TO HARVEST
Apples, Banana, Beetroot, Chillies, Grapefruit, Kale, Lemons, Navel Oranges, Pumpkins, Strawberries
PLANT OF THE MONTH
Bird of Paradise (Stelitzia reginae)
So much more to offer than just looks! Strelitzias are tough plants. They withstand drought, salty coastal conditions, light frost and general neglect. They are perfect for beginner gardeners as they don’t ask for very much once established, and are fantastic at bouncing back from just about any gardening mishap. Colours: Orange/ purple
NEWS FROM THE FARM
Pims Organics – Glasshouse Mountains
Pims Organics grow a variety of organically certified produce, including Strawberries, Tomatoes, Vegetables, Custard Apples and Avocado’s. Edwin at his team at Pims switched to using Organic Xtra on their crops 5 years ago. They have tried several other products and Organic Xtra is now the only fertiliser they use on their farm. Edwin told us he has seen a noticeable increase in production that he has not seen with any other fertilser, he is extremely happy with the product and would not change!
WHAT TO PLANT
Tropical – asparagus, carrot, climbing beans, rhubarb, watermelon
Sub-Tropical – artichokes, asparagus, broad beans, beetroot, cabbage, carrot.
Temperate – mustard greens, onions, parsnips, peas, radish, shallots, silver beet.
AUGUST IS A GOOD MONTH TO WORK ON YOUR SOIL
Turn handfuls of Organic Xtra into new garden beds to prepare the ground for new plantings. Gain long-term weed control by adding compost to garden beds to improve soil condition and stifle weed seedlings.
PROGRESS IN YOUR VEGGIE PATCH
All you need is a week of winter rain and your veggie patch can turn wild! No neat rows in sight! If you have Kale and Spinach in your patch they may go crazy? Chickweed can flourish, however this edible weed has a mild taste and is a useful addition to salads, especially when the lettuce in the patch is starting to become bitter tasting. You will also see veggies such as Fennel starting to flower, lovely!