Turning Drab Into Fab! 5in1 For Winter Gardens

Turning Drab Into Fab! 5in1 For Winter Gardens

Rejuvenation and renovation! That’s our mantra for gardening in winter. Even though the weather is becoming colder and wetter, there’s still plenty to do outside. We compiled a list of these jobs (10 Gardening Jobs For Winter) including gutter cleaning, pruning, and organising your garden shed. You’ll find these jobs really uplifting and reinvigorating (plus you’ll keep warm while you’re busy moving about!) Our friends at Searles have recently updated their packaging and formula for their amazing 5in1 Organic Plant Fertiliser. They’re available in pellet form, which is terrific for digging through your soil as a slow release over the season. When organic fertilisers are applied to your soil, the existing humus and organic material store the new nutrients which results in a ‘slow release’ effect. Chemical fertilisers have a tendency to leach away very quickly. 5in1 also adds a long life humus build up to the soil, encouraging microbial and earthworm activity. The worms are already loving the rain, so they’ll really appreciate the composting ingredients. The ingredients consist of Blood & Bone plus Hoof & Horn, fish and seaweed nutrients, Potash bloom booster, composted animal manures and a full compliment of trace elements and minerals. Your plants root systems will strengthen thanks to the organic fertiliser reducing temperature fluctuations – creating a more even and healthier environment to grow. Stronger leaves to combat frosty nights, healthy veggies (such as your winter brassicas – cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower) and lots of winter flowers (hello Hardenbergias!) Bare rooted plants will also benefit from 5in1 when they’re being planted. Simply mix one part 5IN1 Organic Fertiliser to three parts existing soil to...
PowerGear2 – Cutting Edge Tools From Fiskars

PowerGear2 – Cutting Edge Tools From Fiskars

Just when we thought Fiskars couldn’t get any better, they go and release the new improved PowerGear2 range! So what’s new you ask? In addition to the renowned patented PowerGear technology which provides up 3X more power on every cut, the PowerGear2 products feature a new Ultrablade coating. This Ultrablade coating bonds to the blade for an edge that stays sharp five times longer than non-treated blades, reduce blade friction and offers excellent rust protection. Amazing! There’s three exciting tools in the PowerGear2 collection: a PowerGear2 Pruner, a PowerGearX small lopper and a PowerGearX hedge shear. The PowerGear2 Pruners are so comfortable. They feature a contoured handle with a unique rolling design that fits the shape and natural motion of your hand. The PowerGear2 Shears are so much smaller and lighter than other shears, due to the PowerGear mechanism. This means there’s a drastic reduction of strain on your hands, wrists and muscles when you’re reaching to cut a branch or are going a big day of gardening – as we often are! The updated design includes modified gears and an innovative cam mechanism to optimise your cutting power in the middle of the cut where the branch is thickest and you need it most. They’re really great, and it’s amazing to see a company continue to update and work with new technology to bring us the best quality and smartest products!...
Captivating Climbers

Captivating Climbers

Climbing plants can be used to provide depth and complexity to simple gardening spaces. They’re also wonderful for providing shade when it’s really sunny, dampening noise, and hiding plain walls or structures. With the right care and choice of plant, they’ll certainly bring a lot of joy to your garden. A climbing plant is a plant which climbs up trees and other tall objects. They can be trained up a wooden or metal trellis, or you can grow them up fences or wall, and even an arch. Be sure to ensure that whatever support system you choose is durable and can withstand the weight. Some climbers are heavier than they look. In general, you should plant your new climber approximately 30cm away from the base of your support structure so water can reach the roots of your plant. You can lightly trim your climber around autumn-winter to keep them from getting messy. Here are some Austraflora favourites: Hardenbergia Free n Easy Hardenbergia Happy Duo Hardenbergia Happy Wanderer Pandorea Wonga Gold Sunrise Pandorea Lady Di (Article written with help from...
A Weed-Free Wonderland

A Weed-Free Wonderland

Ahh weeding. A laborious chore that many of us find quite intimidating. The Austraflora Team have put together a few tips to make weeding that bit easier! Weed at the right time –  It’s so much easier to pull weeds out properly after watering or rain when the ground is still damp. Apply mulch to your garden – As well as locking in moisture and adding nutrients to your soil, mulch is very handy for stamping out the light to weeds. Plant groundcovers – Give your weeds some competition and plant some groundcovers in your garden to provide a green layer that’ll stamp out weeds. Only dig when you need to – Lots of weed seeds and rhizomes can lay underground dormant until they are brought to the top by a fork or shovel. Don’t let weeds mature – If you’re having trouble getting a weed out, sometimes the best you can do is simply snip the flowers before they go to seed. Don’t wait for a weeding day – Do a little bit at a time as you’re walking around the...
Summer Gardening

Summer Gardening

During the summer there’s plenty of ways for you to enjoy your garden! Here’s a few tips from the Austraflora Team 🙂 Keep your plants happy and healthy by watering them in either the early morning or late afternoon. Avoid midday when the sun will evaporate all the water away. Apply lots of organic mulch to lock in the moisture as well. Seaweed tonic is great to give your plants a boost and keep them growing strong. To avoid crispy plants, create a shelter over your plants with some shade cloth. If your plant is in a light-weight pot you can move it into the shade. If your plant has already experienced some sun damage, don’t remove the burnt foliage just yet! These burnt leaves will protect your healthy leaves from future damage. Wait until the weather gets cooler in Autumn before pruning back. Pop some splashes of colour in your garden – whether it be flowers, foliage or treating yourself to some new decor. If it’s too hot outside, browse magazines or online for some inspiration to keep yourself motivated and connected to your garden. Have breakfast or dinner out in the garden when the sun isn’t as hot. What better way to enjoy your outdoor space! Plant some Leptospermum Mozzie Blocker to keep the bugs at bay. The oil vaporising from the small fine foliage confuses mosquitoes and other annoying insects, thus making your outdoor leisure time much more pleasant. We recommend planting them in large containers with a good quality potting mix. Leptospermum Mozzie Blocker produces pink tea tree flowers along its fine stems in summer. Gorgeous! Featured photo: “Eucalyptus rhodantha” by Helen...