Get that garden ready for spring

SIGHT TO BEHOLD: The heuchera will benefit from blood and bone to promote lots of lush foliage.
The azalea needs organic plant food placed around the root zone every two months to thrive.

SEPTEMBER marks the change in seasons and is one of the most exciting times to be a gardener. Lovely fresh new foliage, a celebration of flowers and new plants to sow and grow. However, weeds will also be growing and can become a problem in garden beds, where they compete with plants for water and nutrients. Weeds also harbour pests and diseases and ruin the look of the garden. September is a great time to get these weeds under control too, before they have a chance to take over. Weeds growing closely in amongst garden plants can be challenging to control with sprays, so a targeted dab on weed killer is ideal. Yates Zero Rapid Gel 1-Hr Action Weedkiller is a non-selective glyphosate and fatty acid weedkiller in an easy to apply gel formulation. The herbicide moves from the foliage to the roots, killing the weed roots and all. The gel sticks to the leaf so it’s easy to apply to individual weeds in garden beds. Take care not to let the gel touch wanted plants.

SPRING FLOWERS

As the weather warms up there are so many flowers to grow from seed. Just one packet of seeds can grow dozens or hundreds of plants, so it’s a fantastic and economical way to fill entire garden beds and lots of pots with gorgeous colour. And whatever you sow now you’ll be enjoying for many months to come.

• Yates® Snapdragon Tom Thumb is a true dwarf variety of snapdragon (only growing to around 20cm tall) in a full range of vibrant colours. This is great for a colourful low border planting or in pots.

• Californian Poppy Sunshine Mix is a vivid colour blend of whites, reds, oranges and yellows. They flower profusely on attractive, blue-green ferny foliage.

• Nasturtium Cherry Rose is an easy to grow, free-flowering variety which produces a profusion of cherry coloured flowers on dwarf plants growing to around 30cm tall. Ideal for pots and hanging baskets or as a ground cover. You can also toss some flowers into a salad — they’re edible.

• Carnation Fragrance produces a multitude of large, double fringed blooms in a wide variety of colours. It’s an easy to grow perennial growing to around 45cm high that is great for flower beds and containers. They are a beautifully fragrant cut flower too.

Snails find young seedlings irresistible, so lightly scatter some Yates Blitzem® Snail & Slug Pellets around the soil, which will effectively attract and kill snails.

Once the seedlings are established, start feeding them with Yates Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food, which will encourage healthy foliage and lots of gorgeous flowers. Trim off spent blooms regularly to promote more flowers.

If you’re short on time and have large areas of gardens to fertilise during spring, then a hose-on plant food provides a fast and easy way to feed garden beds in only a few minutes.

Tip: Aphids can be common on tender fresh new seedlings. Look out for tiny green, black, brown or grey insects hiding in amongst the leaves. A quick spray with Yates Rose Gun® Advanced will easily control damaging aphids. AMazing azaleas

An azalea in full flower is a sight to behold. Often you can’t see the leaves for the flowers, which come in almost every shade from white through to bright pink and also yellow, salmon and two-toned flowers. Most azaleas are happiest in a spot that receives morning sun and afternoon shade, in moist, organic rich well-drained soil that is on the acidic side. Azaleas also grow very well in a pot.

Here are a few simple steps to keeping your azaleas looking fantastic:

• Sprinkle Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Organic Plant Food around the root zone every 6 – 8 weeks, which adds valuable organic matter to the soil.

• Azalea lace bug is a sap sucking insect pest that causes a silvery mottled appearance on azalea leaves. You might also notice dark spots underneath the leaves, which are lace bug droppings. A proactive approach is required as once the leaves are damaged, it cannot be reversed. Start spraying both sides of foliage in early spring with Yates Rose Gun® Advanced to protect leaves from lace bug damage. Spray late in the day when there are no bees foraging on flowers.

• Azaleas prefer an acidic soil (with a pH of 5.5–6.0). In areas with alkaline (basic) soil, apply some Soil Acidifier Liquid Sulfur to reduce the soil pH.

• To help promote healthy foliage growth and lots of beautiful flowers, feed azaleas each week with potassium rich Yates Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. Dilute 2 capfuls in a 9L watering can and apply over both the foliage and surrounding soil. The nutrients in Thrive are fast acting and can be absorbed by both the leaves and roots.

HARDY HEUCHERA

Heucheras, also known as Coral Bells, are grown for their stunning foliage which now comes in almost every colour of the rainbow, including lime, jet black, rich orange, vibrant pink and peach and dramatic deep burgundy. They provide bright splashes of colour throughout the year and are extra clever as they often change colour in response to temperature. Heuchera foliage also adds wonderful textures and shapes and looks fantastic when planted under deciduous trees. Heucheras have long lasting, tiny cream, pink or red flowers from spring to early summer on long stems (which is where

the name coral bells comes from) however

the foliage is the real drawcard. Look out for tantalising varieties like rich red Autumn Leaves, vibrant green Lime Marmalade and dark burgundy Midnight Rose.

Heucheras do best in moist, well-drained soil and prefer a shaded spot, though will tolerate quite a range of light conditions. The lighter the foliage, the less sun they need. You can also grow heucheras in pots.

Keep heucheras looking great by feeding regularly with Yates® Thrive® Fish Blood & Bone. It’s a balanced liquid plant food containing slow release organic nutrients and a boost of fast acting fertilisers to promote lots of lush, colourful foliage. Dilute 1–2 capfuls into a 9L watering can and apply every 1–2 weeks from spring through to autumn.

TASTY VEGETABLES

September is the month to set your vegie & herb patch up for the warmer months ahead. There are so many delicious choices.

Bruschetta is one of the simplest and tastiest entrees to make and it’s so easy to grow two of the main ingredients (tomatoes and basil) at home. So put sour dough bread on your shopping list and start growing.

• Tomatoes — any variety of tomatoes will be fine for bruschetta, though large and juicy beefsteak flavoured ‘Yates® Big Beef’ is a great choice, as is delicious Grosse Lisse. Start seeds off in trays of seed-raising mix or they can be sown directly into a sunny garden bed or container.

• Basil — Sweet Basil grows an abundance of lush green leaves with a rich fragrance. Sow basil seeds 3mm deep directly where they are to grow. Ready to harvest in just 6 weeks, basil can also be grown in a warm, well lit spot indoors.

Tomatoes will give you a bigger harvest (and more bruschetta) if you keep them well fed. It’s as easy as mixing some Yates Thrive® Tomato Liquid Plant Food into a watering can and each week applying over the foliage and root zone. The nutrients in Thrive can be absorbed by both the leaves and roots and works quickly, so you see results sooner.

Stepping out your back door to forage for fresh salad ingredients is one of the many delights of gardening. Start growing your own cucumbers, lettuce, radish and rocket in September and you’ll be eating home-grown salad in no time.

Yates® Long Green Cucumber has sweet, crisp fruit that only take 8—10 weeks to harvest. They’ll need a trellis to climb up as the plants can grow up to 1.5m tall.

Finely shaved radish makes a crunchy and colourful addition to salads.

Yates Lettuce Baby Combo is an interesting blend of baby leaf lettuce types in shades of green and red. Perfect for salads and small space gardens, including pots.

Radish Salad Crunch are easy to grow and can be sown direct into a sunny spot in the garden or into containers.

Blossom end rot tip: Tomatoes can be prone to a disease called blossom end rot, which causes a large patch of sunken decay on the end of the fruit. Variable soil moisture and low soil calcium levels can contribute to this disease. You can increase calcium levels in the soil by applying a liquid lime solution such as Yates Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite. Apply every 3 – 4 weeks.

GROW YOUR OWN SALAD

Yates Large Leaf Rocket is a rapid grower with peppery tasting leaves that add zest to salads. Rocket can be grown in a full sun or partly shaded spot in both the vegie patch and pots.

SEPTEMBER marks the change in seasons and is one of the most exciting times to be a gardener. Lovely fresh new foliage, a celebration of flowers and new plants to sow and grow. However, weeds will also be growing and can become a problem in garden beds, where they compete with plants for water and nutrients. Weeds also harbour pests and diseases and ruin the look of the garden. September is a great time to get these weeds under control too, before they have a chance to take over. Weeds growing closely in amongst garden plants can be challenging to control with sprays, so a targeted dab on weed killer is ideal. Yates Zero Rapid Gel 1-Hr Action Weedkiller is a non-selective glyphosate and fatty acid weedkiller in an easy to apply gel formulation. The herbicide moves from the foliage to the roots, killing the weed roots and all. The gel sticks to the leaf so it’s easy to apply to individual weeds in garden beds. Take care not to let the gel touch wanted plants.

SPRING FLOWERS

As the weather warms up there are so many flowers to grow from seed. Just one packet of seeds can grow dozens or hundreds of plants, so it’s a fantastic and economical way to fill entire garden beds and lots of pots with gorgeous colour. And whatever you sow now you’ll be enjoying for many months to come.

• Yates® Snapdragon Tom Thumb is a true dwarf variety of snapdragon (only growing to around 20cm tall) in a full range of vibrant colours. This is great for a colourful low border planting or in pots.

• Californian Poppy Sunshine Mix is a vivid colour blend of whites, reds, oranges and yellows. They flower profusely on attractive, blue-green ferny foliage.

• Nasturtium Cherry Rose is an easy to grow, free-flowering variety which produces a profusion of cherry coloured flowers on dwarf plants growing to around 30cm tall. Ideal for pots and hanging baskets or as a ground cover. You can also toss some flowers into a salad — they’re edible.

• Carnation Fragrance produces a multitude of large, double fringed blooms in a wide variety of colours. It’s an easy to grow perennial growing to around 45cm high that is great for flower beds and containers. They are a beautifully fragrant cut flower too.

Snails find young seedlings irresistible, so lightly scatter some Yates Blitzem® Snail & Slug Pellets around the soil, which will effectively attract and kill snails.

Once the seedlings are established, start feeding them with Yates Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food, which will encourage healthy foliage and lots of gorgeous flowers. Trim off spent blooms regularly to promote more flowers.

If you’re short on time and have large areas of gardens to fertilise during spring, then a hose-on plant food provides a fast and easy way to feed garden beds in only a few minutes.

Tip: Aphids can be common on tender fresh new seedlings. Look out for tiny green, black, brown or grey insects hiding in amongst the leaves. A quick spray with Yates Rose Gun® Advanced will easily control damaging aphids. AMazing azaleas

An azalea in full flower is a sight to behold. Often you can’t see the leaves for the flowers, which come in almost every shade from white through to bright pink and also yellow, salmon and two-toned flowers. Most azaleas are happiest in a spot that receives morning sun and afternoon shade, in moist, organic rich well-drained soil that is on the acidic side. Azaleas also grow very well in a pot.

Here are a few simple steps to keeping your azaleas looking fantastic:

• Sprinkle Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Organic Plant Food around the root zone every 6 – 8 weeks, which adds valuable organic matter to the soil.

• Azalea lace bug is a sap sucking insect pest that causes a silvery mottled appearance on azalea leaves. You might also notice dark spots underneath the leaves, which are lace bug droppings. A proactive approach is required as once the leaves are damaged, it cannot be reversed. Start spraying both sides of foliage in early spring with Yates Rose Gun® Advanced to protect leaves from lace bug damage. Spray late in the day when there are no bees foraging on flowers.

• Azaleas prefer an acidic soil (with a pH of 5.5–6.0). In areas with alkaline (basic) soil, apply some Soil Acidifier Liquid Sulfur to reduce the soil pH.

• To help promote healthy foliage growth and lots of beautiful flowers, feed azaleas each week with potassium rich Yates Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. Dilute 2 capfuls in a 9L watering can and apply over both the foliage and surrounding soil. The nutrients in Thrive are fast acting and can be absorbed by both the leaves and roots.

HARDY HEUCHERA

Heucheras, also known as Coral Bells, are grown for their stunning foliage which now comes in almost every colour of the rainbow, including lime, jet black, rich orange, vibrant pink and peach and dramatic deep burgundy. They provide bright splashes of colour throughout the year and are extra clever as they often change colour in response to temperature. Heuchera foliage also adds wonderful textures and shapes and looks fantastic when planted under deciduous trees. Heucheras have long lasting, tiny cream, pink or red flowers from spring to early summer on long stems (which is where

the name coral bells comes from) however

the foliage is the real drawcard. Look out for tantalising varieties like rich red Autumn Leaves, vibrant green Lime Marmalade and dark burgundy Midnight Rose.

Heucheras do best in moist, well-drained soil and prefer a shaded spot, though will tolerate quite a range of light conditions. The lighter the foliage, the less sun they need. You can also grow heucheras in pots.

Keep heucheras looking great by feeding regularly with Yates® Thrive® Fish Blood & Bone. It’s a balanced liquid plant food containing slow release organic nutrients and a boost of fast acting fertilisers to promote lots of lush, colourful foliage. Dilute 1–2 capfuls into a 9L watering can and apply every 1–2 weeks from spring through to autumn.

TASTY VEGETABLES

September is the month to set your vegie & herb patch up for the warmer months ahead. There are so many delicious choices.

Bruschetta is one of the simplest and tastiest entrees to make and it’s so easy to grow two of the main ingredients (tomatoes and basil) at home. So put sour dough bread on your shopping list and start growing.

• Tomatoes — any variety of tomatoes will be fine for bruschetta, though large and juicy beefsteak flavoured ‘Yates® Big Beef’ is a great choice, as is delicious Grosse Lisse. Start seeds off in trays of seed-raising mix or they can be sown directly into a sunny garden bed or container.

• Basil — Sweet Basil grows an abundance of lush green leaves with a rich fragrance. Sow basil seeds 3mm deep directly where they are to grow. Ready to harvest in just 6 weeks, basil can also be grown in a warm, well lit spot indoors.

Tomatoes will give you a bigger harvest (and more bruschetta) if you keep them well fed. It’s as easy as mixing some Yates Thrive® Tomato Liquid Plant Food into a watering can and each week applying over the foliage and root zone. The nutrients in Thrive can be absorbed by both the leaves and roots and works quickly, so you see results sooner.

Stepping out your back door to forage for fresh salad ingredients is one of the many delights of gardening. Start growing your own cucumbers, lettuce, radish and rocket in September and you’ll be eating home-grown salad in no time.

Yates® Long Green Cucumber has sweet, crisp fruit that only take 8—10 weeks to harvest. They’ll need a trellis to climb up as the plants can grow up to 1.5m tall.

Finely shaved radish makes a crunchy and colourful addition to salads.

Yates Lettuce Baby Combo is an interesting blend of baby leaf lettuce types in shades of green and red. Perfect for salads and small space gardens, including pots.

Radish Salad Crunch are easy to grow and can be sown direct into a sunny spot in the garden or into containers.

Blossom end rot tip: Tomatoes can be prone to a disease called blossom end rot, which causes a large patch of sunken decay on the end of the fruit. Variable soil moisture and low soil calcium levels can contribute to this disease. You can increase calcium levels in the soil by applying a liquid lime solution such as Yates Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite. Apply every 3 – 4 weeks.

GROW YOUR OWN SALAD

Yates Large Leaf Rocket is a rapid grower with peppery tasting leaves that add zest to salads. Rocket can be grown in a full sun or partly shaded spot in both the vegie patch and pots.

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