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Spring Newsletter 2023

Hot days, warm nights, a plentiful summer harvest is in our sights!
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Spring Newsletter


Spring is such an exciting and enticing time of year! We've had all winter to make plans for what we may wish to grow or try this time around. Now is the time to get busy, as a wise man once told me "a garden is a lot like life...You only ever get out, what you put in"

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A successful spring planting


Sometimes it's the simple, insignificant tasks and jobs that can lead to our biggest succeses in the garden. It's those jobs you may not feel like doing right now, but will be grateful you did when you see your patch sparkling with health. Below is a small list of suggestions to help you get the most out of such a productive time of year.
  • Compost - Whether you have a plentiful supply of home made compost or buy it from a supplier, good compost is hard to beat in the Vege Patch. Both summer and winter bearing vegetables use a considerable amount of soil nutrients. Adding a good amount of compost not only increases soil biology and organic matter, it also increases your soils water holding capacity. (Check the pH of your compost is between 6-8pH to be sure its ready to use).
  • Fertiliser  - When we as humans poorly nourished, we become prone to illness and sickness. Plants are no different so why not give them the nutrition they need! When preparing a bed for Spring planting, make sure you add some form of organic fertiliser, such as chicken manure, blood and bone or your beautiful compost. Mix thoroughly through the area, having food available when your plants require it ensures consistent, strong growth throughout the season. 
  • Mulch - Not needing much introduction, mulch can make or break a budding gardeners dreams. Too much is just as bad as too little, and the right amount can depend on where you source your material from. Aside from the obvious benefits of moisture retention during dry periods, mulch keeps your soil cool during times of extreme heat. An initial application of 10cm may seem like a lot, but bare in mind mulch is soil food and that 10cm will quickly break down into compost during the season. If your soil is exceptionally dry it is a wise idea to saturate your soil before mulching.
  • Soil pH  - More important than any other point here is the pH of your soil, you can save yourself a lot of heartache if you take 10 minutes to asses your soil pH. Certain plant types prefer different levels of Acidity and Alkalinity, but a happy medium for most of our annual vegetable crops is anywhere between 5.5 and 7.5. High or low soil pH will lock up nutrients making them unavailable for your plants which is why it is so important to get right. Sulphur can be used to lower pH or lime can be used to raise pH.
  • Try again - If at first you don't succeed, try again. We won't get philosophical, but a garden is a place of life, death and everything in between. If your lettuce gets eaten by slugs, sow more, straight away. In a matter of weeks you'll be back on track. Hopefully you have learnt how not to loose your lettuce seedlings to slugs and if you haven't, lucky slugs! Don't give up because it didn't work the first time, I can assure you there will be plenty of times where you succeed and others where something is learnt for the future.
  • Water - Your plants need plenty of it. As nice as it is to go and splash the garden before or after work each day, we do not recommend this approach. It is far better for your water usage and your plants to give them a deep watering once every 3-7 days depending on your soil type. This will help your plants send roots deep into the soil, rather than shallow across the surface of the soil. The result will be plants which can go days without any water, rather than plants that look sad a few hours after they got splashed in the morning. What is a deep watering? Well here at Greenpatch a sprinkler typically runs for 1-2 hours before it is moved or turned off. 
So there you go, with good food, water, shelter and a solid foundation, your garden will be jumping out of its skin! Happy Spring.

SALE - 50% OFF

Monstera deliciosa or Fruit Salad Plant is not only a fashionable indoor plant these days but also a shade loving fruiting plant. You may or may not know, but the reason for one of its common names 'Fruit Salad Plant' is because the fruit, you guessed it, tastes exactly like a fruit salad. Whether you are wanting to grow them indoors as an ornamental, or have a dull shady corner you would like to turn vibrant green. 
Buy online or in store for $6.00ea. Click the link below to order online.
https://www.greenpatchseeds.com.au/fruit-salad-plant.html.

Podocarpus elatus  or the Plum Pine is a native rainforest tree. It can be grown upright like it's native habit or they take nicely to being pruned into a hedge. Their young glossy leaves are quite ornamental, they boast an edible fruit, which can be used in preserves, deserts or eaten fresh. The timber from the Plum Pine is prized for use in boat building and structural timber submerged in salt water. While you may not be able to harvest the timber, perhaps the next generation will.
Buy online or in store for $6.00ea. Click the link below to order online.
https://greenpatchseeds.com.au/organic-nursery-plants/fruiting-plants/plum-pine.html

Seed Potatoes Reduced to Clear 
Nicola and Dutch Cream seed potatoes are reduced to clear - They are still in excellent condition with nice shoots for planting out asap. 
Buy online or in store for $3.00/kg
https://greenpatchseeds.com.au/seed-potatoes.html
 
New varieties to try this spring!
A change is as good as a holiday...

Tomato - Greenpatch Gold - A delicious, sweet, golden tomato which came to life on the farm at Greenpatch, a crowd favorite amongst the staff!
https://greenpatchseeds.com.au/organic-seeds/vegetables/tomato-heirloom-seed/greenpatch-gold.html

Corn - Manning Pride (Pictured above) - Grown out by Greenpatch owner Stami Donovan. Manning Pride Maize is a rare heirloom variety that was bred in the Manning Valley from Manning White. Large cob to 20cm long with large golden kernels, cobs can be eaten fresh or stored dried for animal feed. Despite technically being a maize Manning Pride is an excellent 'sweet corn' when young with a sweet creamy texture.
https://greenpatchseeds.com.au/bulk-seed-commercial-growers/bulk-seed-commercial-growers/organic-seed/bulk-seed-commercial-growers/organic-seed/vegetables/corn-maize-manning-pride.html

Varieties on the way...
We have managed to get our hands on a number of new varieties which will be available March-June 2024. These include:

  • 10+ new Bean varieties including ones not seen for sale in Australia
  • Blue Hubbard Squash - A favourite for those loving dry pumpkin as it is actually a pumpkin not a squash.
  • Cucumber Italian Non-Acid - A variety last listed by Greenpatch 15+ years ago. We took a punt two years ago and managed to get 12 year old seed to germinate. From that crop we have enough seed to do a commercial crop offering seed to customers later in the season.
Looking for Varieties...
We are on the lookout for varieties that you have kept in your family for generations. We like the varieties to be 'Named Varieties' that way we can check the purity and consistency of that variety with historical data. We aim to collect these seeds, conduct a 'test' grow to see that the variety is pure then grow a commercial sized crop making it available for gardeners across Australia.

This is our passion, we love the work and enjoyment that comes from seeing these varieties re-enter the Australian seed network.

If you think you have a variety worth sharing please contact Stami by email or phone.
02 6551 4240
enquiries@greenpatchseeds.com.au

2023/24 Heirloom Seed & Plant Catalogue Out Now!

All current members receive a posted catalogue. If you are yet to get your hands on one you can download it at the link below or we can post a hard copy to you.

Browse through our latest catalogue for all your Organic Seeds, Plants and organic garden needs this Spring and Summer.   

 
Available to download now by following the link below for your FREE pdf:
2023/2024 Greenpatch Catalogue
Or
Simply email us your postal address at enquiries@greenpatchseeds.com.au for a hard copy.
 
Top Plant 
Tamarillo (Tree Tomato)
The humble Tamarillo (Cyphomandra betacea) otherwise known as the Tree Tomato is a great plant for gardeners of all abilities. They require little care or attention once established, crop heavily and have large, attractive heart shaped leaves. 

Best planted during spring, in a frost free area. Ensure adequate drainage by planting on a small mound, around 20cm - 30cm. This will reduce the chance of loosing your plant to wet feet during periods of prolonged moisture. Tamarillos, much like tomatoes, will use any and all food you can give them, be sure to mix plenty of compost and chicken manure through before planting. These plants can become top heavy during the early stages of establishment, so staking is recommended until the plant can hold itself upright.

The fruit of the Tamarillo is a little like coriander, in that people seem to love them, or hate them! They are prone to being affected by fruit fly, so using small mesh bags or Exclusion Netting to protect your crop is recommended. They are self fertile, meaning insects are not essential for pollination, however the flowers do seem to be attractive to bees, so you can wait to cover your tree until the fruit have set. Best eaten when the fruit has been picked and left to ripen on the kitchen bench for a few days!
    Ivy & Zonal Geraniums 

Simple & Effective Colour

Greenpatch Organic Seeds & Plants now propagate a large range of Geraniums, both Zonal & Ivy. For those who have never had the joy of buying a flowering geranium and enjoying there ever giving blooms it's about time you gave it a go! A low maintainace plant that gives back plenty. 
What Seeds Can I Sow Now?

Cold:

Start the season with Artichoke, Asparagus, Basil, Beans, Beetroot,Cabbage, Carrots, Chives,Coriander, Lemon Balm, Lettuce, Marigold, Marjoram, Nasturtium, Oregano, Pea's, Rhubarb, Shallots, Spinach, Tomatoes and Zucchini.

Temperate: Asparagus, Basil, Beans, Capsicum, Ceylon Spinach, Chilli, Chives, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Gourd, Luffa, Oregano, Pumpkin, Rockmelon, Rosella, Squash, Sunflower, Tomato, Watermelon and Zucchini.

Sub-Tropical: Amaranthus, Asparagus, Basil, Beans, Capsicum, Chilli, Chives, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Gourd, Luffa, Pumpkin, Rockmelon, Rosella, Snake Bean, Squash, Sunflower, Tomato, Watermelon and Zucchini.

Tropical: Amaranth, Balsam, Snake Bean, Basil, Capsicum, Celosia, Chilli, Corn, Cosmos, Cucumber, Eggplant, Gourd, Marigold, Okra, Pumpkin, Sunflower, Tomato, Watermelon and Zucchini

Tomato Time - Buy them online 

Tomato - A favourite of nearly every gardener!  This is the time of the year when we all start looking out for plants. We  offer Tomato plants online just like we do with all our other plants. You can even buy Parsley plants too, a match made in heaven.

Tomatoes are now available and sent out during October and only whilst stocks last. 1 plant per 75mm tube pot ranging from 10cm to 20cm tall.

Plants are sent upright in boxes on Monday's & Tuesdays, arriving before the weekend and ready to plant into the garden.

Varieties to choose from include:
Grosse Lisse, Mortgage Lifter, Tommy Toe, Roma, Oxheart, Tropic, College Challenger, Golden Jubilee, Green Zebra, Rouge De' Marmande, Red Cloud, Tigerella, Black Russian, Yellow Cherry Cocktail, Yellow Pear.


To Order Plants Simply Click the Link Below
https://www.greenpatchseeds.com.au/organic-tomato-plants-online.html 

    2024 Astrological Moon Planting Calender

Available Now!

By Thomas Zimmer - Attractive wall chart with zodiac illustrations, different phases of the moon in relation to planting times. Beautifully illustrated in colour.

Available for purchase at the link below:
https://greenpatchseeds.com.au/garden-products/calendars-charts/2024-astrological-calender-moon-planting-guide.html
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