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OCTOBER IN THE GARDEN

This is such a wonderful time of year with warmer, longer days and so much growth!

There are many planting options and jobs to be done but a little work and lots of enjoyment in the garden now and you'll soon be rewarded with a glorious garden and bountiful produce.

FLOWER GARDEN

Roses:
Plant new season roses!   To view our comprehensive 2018 Rose Collection click here

Prepare the soil first by adding organic compost and plant with slow release fertiliser. 

Fertilise existing roses with Tui Rose Fertiliser and apply Magic Compost around the base to condition the soil and conserve moisture.

Continue your regular spray programme - to view our 
Rose & Ornamentals Health Care Programme click here (or call in for a copy).  

Perennials:
Plant perennials for summer colour - dianthus, geraniums, osteospermum, lavender, Federation daisies, alstroemeria (great picking), delphiniums, arctotis ...

Annuals:
For instant colour plant your favourite annuals - petunia, begonia, impatiens, cosmos, lobelia (ideal for hanging baskets or borders), verbena, marigolds, sweetpeas, rudbeckia ...

Seeds:
Sow flower seeds for beautiful summer displays.

Bulbs:
Leave the foliage to die down naturally and fertilise with Tui Bulb Food (if not done last month) to ensure good flowering next year.

Container Planting:
Replace potting mix, fertilise and replant.
Pots and hanging baskets filled with colourful flowers always look great.  We have a large selection of pots/containers in many shapes, sizes and colours.

KITCHEN GARDEN

Prepare and add more goodness to the vege patch  - dig in  iCan REAL Blood and Bone, sheep pellets, compost or Ican 100% Organic Vege Mix.

iCan Ocean Grow
 is a fantastic liquid fish fertiliser which can be applied regularly and will really get your veges growing!

Sow seeds/plant seedlings every few weeks for continual harvests in the months ahead.

Sow seeds - sweetcorn, beans, carrots, radishes, peas, beetroot, silverbeet, spinach ... the choice is vast.

Plant:  potatoes (we all love new potatoes at Christmas), kumara, tomatoes, beans, cucumber, capsicum, lettuce, onions, spring onions, courgettes, celery, peas (sugar snap, snowpeas) beetroot, spinach, silverbeet, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower ...

Plant herbs - parsley, basil, rosemary, sage, oregano, thyme, coriander, borage (attracts the bees), sorrel, chervil, chives, garlic chives, fennel, mint, artichoke, watercress ...

Plant rhubarb and strawberries.

Apply Derris Dust to cabbages, broccoli and cauliflowers to control white butterfly caterpillars.

Spray potatoes with Copper Oxychloride to prevent fungal disease.

Feed tomatoes regularly and remember to remove laterals from tomatoes as they appear during growth.  A handful of Flowers of Sulphur mixed into the soil when planting will prevent blight.

Nip off the ends of vines for good-sized cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.

To view our 
Vegetable Plants Health Care Programme click here (or call in for a copy).

FRUIT, BERRIES AND CITRUS

Plant a range of fruit trees and berries and you'll be rewarded with gorgeous fruit throughout the year.  Give them a sheltered spot with as much sun as possible.  We have Tauranga's best fruit trees - top grade and advanced growth:

Plums, apples, pears, persimmon...
Citrus - mandarins, oranges, lemons and limes.  

Plant strawberries in the garden bed, vege patch, hanging baskets or planter towers.  For the best results plant into Daltons Strawberry Mix and fertilise regularly with Tui Strawberry Food.

Fertilise (if not done last month) new and existing fruit trees and citrus with a long term fertiliser and Tui Citrus Fertiliser (suitable for all fruiting trees).

Spray - Maintain your regular fruit tree spray programme.  It is important to spray with the correct product at the correct time so please ask one of our knowledgeable staff, click here to view our Fruiting Plants Health Care Programme    (or call in for a copy).

TREES & SHRUBS

Plant new trees and shrubs and with so many now flowering it's a great time to choose:

Rhododendrons, grevillea, leucadendron (fantastic for cut flowers and floral work), magnolia's, camellias, azaleas, daphne, Pieris (Lily of the Valley)...

For the birds plant - coprosma, corokia, five finger, flax, grevillea, kaka-beak, kowhai, melia, pohutukawa, protea, rewarewa, viburnum, waratah...

Maples look great in all gardens.

Plant new hedges.  Fantastic hedging plants are Japanese Box, Camellia Setsugekka, corokia, teucrium, and NZ's favourite Griselinia Broadway Mint!

Box Hedging - spray with Grosafe Free Flo Copper and Grosafe Enspray 99 Oil to prevent the spread of Box Blight (Japanese Box is far more resistant than English Box to Box Blight).  Alternatively use Grosafe Buxus Blight Fighter.

Fertilise all new and existing trees and shrubs with Ican Slow Food (if not done last month).

Fertilise acid loving plants with Tui Acid Fertiliser (if not done last month) - camellia's, rhododendrons, azaleas, daphne.

Trim and shap camellias as they finish flowering.

Prune hibiscus once the danger of frosts has passed, feed with a general garden fertiliser and spray throughout the season with Grosafe Free Flo Copper.

Prune spring flowering shrubs after flowering.

TREES FOR SMALL GARDENS

Beautifully shaped standards make spectacular landscape features - camellia, michellia, laurel ...
Dwarf fruit trees and citrus grow well in pots and containers and yield an abundance of fruit.
Prunus Shimidzu Sakura is lovely with pink buds opening to double snowy white blooms (4-5m); Falling Snow (white) and Pendula Rosea (bright pink) are beautiful weeping cherries growing to approx 2-3m.
Weeping maples are ideal when space is limited - Crimson Queen and Viridis will impress with their gorgeous form and colour.
Magnolia - gorgeous colours and varieties to choose from

MAINTENANCE

Good soil, feeding and watering is the key to great plants, flowers, fruit and vege production.

Fertilise with iCan Ocean Grow fish fertiliser or the Tui range of Citrus Food, Strawberry Food and Rose Food.
 
Ican 24 month Slow Food is an ideal fertiliser for trees, shrubs, palms, fruit and veges.

Continue to protect frost tender plants with frost cloth at night or spray with Vaporgard.  Vaporgard is an excellent organic product which is easily sprayed over foliage and provides up to 3 months protection.

Hygiene is important in the garden so clear away diseased leaves and prunings and sterilise secateurs, hedge trimmers etc before and after use (bleach is a good sterilant).

Pests and Diseases - check all plants regularly - it's easier to deal with them early before they take hold and do too much damage.

If fungus and bugs are present they need to be kept under control with regular spraying.  We recommend:

Grosafe Free Flo Copper to control fungus diseases on all fruit, vegetables and ornamentals.
Grosafe Enspray 99 Oil for the control of sucking insects on all fruit, vegetables and ornamentals.
Success Ultra for caterpillars, thrips and leafroller.

Apply Blitzem, Quash (if you have animals) or Baysol (long acting) to control slugs and snails - particularly around new seedlings.

Mulch to suppress weeds, maintain soil warmth, preserve water and add nutrients with Pea Straw Mulch or Daltons Mulch and Grow.

LAWNS

Sow new lawns - choose an appropriate lawn seed for your lifestyle.

Fertilise lawns with an even application of Tui Lawn Fertiliser, ensuring it is watered in well.

Treat mossy areas with Tui Moss Control.

Spray to eliminate Onehunga Weed prickles and broadleaf weeds.  

Happy Gardening and remember, our knowledgeable staff are always available for planting and pest/disease control advice and to ensure you use the right products for your requirements.