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Issue 67

The Serenity Prayer

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I cannot change; courage to chan
can; and wisdom to know the diff
day at a time ; Enjo ying one moment at
Living one
hard ship s as the pathway to
a time; Accepting
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peace; Taking, as He did, this sinf
that He will make
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surr ende r to His Will ; That I may be
all things right if I ly happy with Him
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reasonably happy in this life
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own understanding; in all
your heart and lean not on your
him, and he will le
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your ways acknowle dge
direct your paths. Proverbs 3,

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Verbena spp: You can’t go past the
humble old-fashioned Verbena when
looking for a blast of colour in the garden
Available as ground cover or hanging
basket specimens. They come in a great
range of colours and even sport some
two-tone flowering forms as well. Choose
a full sun position. Too much shade will
affect bloom production and encourage
diseases like powdery mildew. In baskets
they look fabulous planted alongside
petunias, lobularias and nemesias.

Now is the time for friend and

Claire Bickle

family get-togethers, so start jazzing

up gardens, decks and outdoor
entertainment areas with these
stunning living creations.

Mandevilla: What a fabulous and lengthy display these

climbers produce throughout the year. Great along fences,
pergolas and arbours they also make an ideal choice for pots
for the festive season due to the selection of varieties, from
crisp frosty white to cheery bright red blooms. They are now
available in more compact growing varieties as well. These
make great choices for hanging baskets. The climbing varieties
can have their tendrils pruned off to maintain their bushy habit
but I find putting a cone or fan trellis in a pot to give them
room to climb creates a spectacular display. They look like a
floral Christmas tree. They prefer full sun to semi shade and
detest wet feet, so let your Mandevilla dry out a little between
watering and do not have a saucer underneath their pots.
NSW Christmas bush: native. Ceratopetalum gummiferum. 5
Want a more Australian feel then there is the Ceratopetalum
gummiferum or more commonly known as the N.S.W
Christmas Bush. This is often found in abundance at this time
of year in florists as dainty festive bouquets but why not grow
your own. You can grow this native in a container but it will be
best off planted out in the garden, as they are a large shrub to
small growing tree. Here you can then enjoy this plant and its
flowers to its full potential. The flowers which are cream usually
appear around October and November and it is the colourful
red sepals which are left behind after flowering that we enjoy.

Poinsettias: Euphorbia pulcherrima. The Poinsettia is actually a

winter flowering shrub which is traditionally grown in the northern
hemisphere. Here in Australia, the Euphorbia pulcherrima is
grown in a special microclimate to prompt flowering out of
season so that we can enjoy their festive bracts at Christmas
time. At this time of year most people tend to keep their
poinsettias in containers for decorative displays but they can be
NSW Xmas bush - Ceratopetalum gummiferum planted out into the garden afterwards. Choose a well-drained
sunny location and be aware that the colourful bracts will
probably lose their colour quickly due to the hot weather but
New Guinea impatiens: Festive colour for shady decks and return
e u aga
again in winter.
verandas, the New Guinea impatien has come along
way over the years, with there now being such a varied
and spectacular range of colours in the flowers and the
foliage to choose from. These plants will tolerate some sun
and actually need a bit to flower well, but avoid any hot
afternoon western sun and remember these soft succulent
plants require ample water even when in a cool shady
location. Undergrowth and southern aspects don’t have to
be areas devoid of colour anymore when you can pop a
few of these beauties in.

Basket & potted combos: Using of a mix of perennials and

annuals can make a spectacular display. Planted combos
including petunia, calibrochoas, begonias, verbenas, vincas,
zinnias, gazanias, salvias, coleus, pig face, nemesia and
diascias can offer an instant splash of colour. Grasses and
succulent combinations can also make striking festive displays..
Red fountain grass, kalanchoes, aloes,
blue fescue, Euphorbia millii cultivars,,
the combinations are endless.

Indoor spark in the form of festive foliage: Bromeliads,

spathiphyllums, calatheas, agloemenas and begonias
can all bring a festive green and coloured foliage
theme to your shadier, outdoor locations as well as
inside the house.

Jazz up your pots: Why not jazz up planters and

pots with decorative mulch in the form of coloured
glass or pebble mulches. These days there are a
great range of pot decorators as well, in the form of
decorative stakes with ornaments on the end, solar
Euphorbia “Snowflake
push in lights, animal pot hangers and the list goes
and red geraniums make on. Check out your local garden centre for what’s in
Herbs in pots create an
a fantastic combination. store this summer. easy table display.
Louisiana iris

One of the most popular elements

Noel Burdette
in garden design is the inclusion of a
water feature.

Ponds bring a feeling of tranquillity into

any garden space and can enhance
the pleasure of being outside amongst nature, but
more importantly, ponds provide an amazing eco
system that promotes healthy gardening practices.

For best results, ponds should be positioned clear from any

large overhanging species such as Poinciana, jacaranda and
bamboo that continuously shed foliage. This will ultimately
raise the acidity levels in the water and turn clean, clear water
into the shade of a strong cup of tea from the tannins that are
released from the fallen leaves and twigs. Of course this will
also mean that cleaning the pond will be an unavoidable
and continual job that even the most avid of gardeners will
quickly tire of. Dwarf Carex
Acorus gramineus
Pusillus Aurea
Ponds are a haven for a wide plethora of wildlife and such
should be respected as a natural environment and restrictions Pink Lotus
of chemical use are of the highest importance.

Koi fish are a resticted Many often shy away from ponds as they are seen as breeding
species in Australia. grounds for mosquitoes. This can be very true if the owner has
They are illegal to
neglected to add fish into the pond. Fish are an important
breed in Queensland,
part of the cycle of pond life as they will devour any mosquito
yet legal in southern
states. Koi require larvae, preventing them from developing into adulthood. As
high quality filtered much as they may look attractive, try (if possible) to avoid
water. adding too many goldfish into your pond. Remember that
Goldfish are members of the carp family and are continuously
digging in the debris and around the base of potted water
plants. It’s fine to have one or two nice sized goldfish, but
team them up with the likes of Native rainbow fish, White
cloud mountain minnows, platy’s or even Danios. Apart from
not being considered as tasty treats by visiting bird life, these
smaller species of fish are mid level to surface dwellers and
will make quick meals of any fallen insect or larvae in the
pond. Feeding should be no more than once a week. This will
restrict the build up of ammonia and phosphate levels. The
fish should be encouraged to naturally forage as this will help
keep the water cleaner for longer.
Planting around the ponds edge is one of the most important
things you can do to ensure a healthy pond environment.
A ponds edge is where many species hunt for prey, forage
for food (in the case of small birds) or secretly come to
drink, and in a frogs case, to find a mate and emerge
as young frogletts after they have changed from tadpoles.
This is a crucial time in a young frogs life as they enter the
big world...with even bigger predators!

Plant choice around your pond is highly determined by the

style of your garden and can be gentle, or bold depending
on your taste. Remember that the creatures that will call
your pond home require space to hide during the day, or
stay cool in hot weather. Some of the best plants to choose
for around ponds and water features are the many species
of ornamental grasses and sedges which are readily
available at all good garden centres. Native grass species
such carex, Pennisetum, Lomandra and Poa are obvious
choices, but their beauty is doubled when combined with
the likes of Iris, Alocasia, Arum lily, or even tropical sun
loving bromeliads to bring bright colour and long term visual
interest to the area. Low care plants such as philodendrons
are great choices as small frogs will stay hidden within the
large lush foliage. Smart landscaping around your pond is
also a subtle way of keeping young children out yet still
encourages them to interact with nature.


The growth of Algae in the pond is a common problem and can
be brought on by several factors. Over feeding your fish is the
main reason for troublesome algae growth. Phosphate levels
can increase due to uneaten food that has sunk to the bottom
of the pond, plants that have been submerged into the water
using slow release fertilizer within standard potting mixture, or
from high levels of excrement from the fish themselves. Other
causes include an excessive amount of oxygenated water from
fountains, shallow water that is too warm and has insufficient
surface covering. This is not to be confused with overhanging
branches for trees etc, but is directly to do with the aquatic
plant life in your pond.

Waterlilies and floating plants such as water poppy, and

Elodea will help to cover the surface of the pond. Aim to

cover at least sixty five percent of the water’s surface. This

will help to regulate the water temperature and decrease

the chances of algae growth considerably as the growth


rate is increased with warm water that is in full sun. lotu

s s te m
TO FILTER OR NOT TO FILTER; Striped Marsh frog
If dirty water is of concern, then there are special outdoor
Crimun Purple Fountain grass
filtration systems on the market that you can install. Bear
pedunculatum (pennisetum advena rubrum)
in mind that in nature, electronic filters don’t exist. Maybe
you could use the natural method of pumping your water
to a slightly more elevated section of the garden and
encourage it to naturally run back down through a creek
type set up over small rocks and ledges planted with
native reeds and juncus species, which can then flow back
into the main pond. This is a method that is now becoming
more and more popular for the most natural effect.
8 Magenta

Here are some new season beauties

to get you into the garden spirit this
summer time. Ask for them at your
local garden centre.

Agapanthus Goldstrike

Flowering: Masses of deep blue striped

blooms in summer.
Habit: Compact habit with broad green
and gold foliage.
Try Agapanthus ‘Golds
trike’ Size: 45cm H x 45cm spread.
for its variegated foliag
e. Position: Full sun to part shade.

Agapanthus Baby Pete ®

Flowering: Long flowering - throughout warmer months

Habit: Dwarf evergreen variety with compact mound forming
foliage and flower stems only reaching to approx. 35cm.
Size: 20cm H x 40cm spread.
Position: Full sun. Ideal for container planting, small gardens,
mediterranean-style gardens and coastal regions.
Agapanthus ‘Goldstrike’ and ‘Baby Pete’ are low maintenance, dry tolerant
and also look great in garden beds or on the patio. Remove old flower heads
once flowers are finished if desired. Mass plant for a no fuss ground cover, path
or driveway edging. Plant in garden beds mixed with 5IN1TM Organic Plant
Try the variety Agapanthus ‘Baby Pete’
Food or for pots use a quality potting mix like Searles Peat 80 Potting Mix.
for a more compact form.

Callistemon ‘Hot Pink’

Flowering: Hot pink bottlebrush-like flowers on the end
of the branches during in spring. Grown for their brilliant
coloured flowers.
Habit: Similar but more compact than other
Size: 1.5m H x 1m W.
Position: Full sun in garden beds or large containers.
Suits most conditions.

Callistemon ‘Hot Pink’ require minimal maintenance. All

shrubs need to be watered in well at planting and kept
moist until established. Mulch to keep the soil cooler around
the surface feeder roots. This plant is an Australian native so
fertilise with Robust® Native Plants Controlled Release Fertiliser
for better plant growth and more blooms. Their straight
branches are ideal for floral arrrangements.
Senorita Blanca

Senorita Rosalita

Cleome ‘Senorita Blanca’

Flowering: Flowers right through spring, summer and d
autumn. In warmer districts flowering continues all year
Habit: Features pale lavender pink flowers on compact
deep green foliage.
Size: 50cm High x 30cm Wide.
Position: Plant in full sun in garden beds or large
containers for a dramatic effect.

Requires minimal watering and maintenance.

‘Senorita Blanca’ is sterile, it does not set seed so there
is no dead-heading to keep it flowering. Plant next to
its close relative, ‘Senorita Rosalita’ for stunning results.
Mix 5IN1TM Organic Plant Food into the soil before
planting. Tip prune to encourage more flowering.

Lobularia ‘Snow
Flowering: Sweetly honey
scented white flowers
grow well over the
summer months.
Habit: Spreading. Ideal
for mass displays. Sterile.
Size: 20cm H x 40cm W.
Position: Grows easily in
sunny garden beds.

This variety of lobularia, or

sweet alyssum, is reliable
and heat loving. If planted
en masse will look like
snow in the garden. Ideal
for most situations including
garden borders, display
pots, combination planting,
hanging baskets and around
outdoor living areas. Keep
moist and liquid feed with
Searles Flourish® Soluble
Plant Food to maintain their
heavy flowering.
BubblegumTM Pink Snowball

Haappitunias® Bub
Fl o e
ow These free flowering petunias
ower over many months of the year.
H ab Profuse flowering, compact and
spreading. Greater resistance to diseases
than earlier varieties.
ize: 3 30cm H x 100cm W in gardens.
osition: Easy to grow in sunny positions to part
BubblegumTM shade.
shhade. Th They excel planted in large containers,
Blush ba
baskets, ccombinations and in garden beds. Bacopa Scopia Double Flower Range
C olours: B Blush, Fuchsia and Pink. Flowering: All summer.
Habit: Beautiful double flowers on compact
BubblegumsTMM look superb in containers, hanging baskets, courtyards branches. Semi-trailing habit.
or planted in the garden. In Individual colours can be planted alone or Size: 15cm - 25cm H x 30cm - 40cm spread
in combinations or mix and match BubblegumsTM with other flower-
Position: Full Sun.
ing plants. They can be planted in garden beds for a mass display,
for eye-catching highlights or as great ground cover. Plant in rich well Colours: Pink, Snowball & white.
composted soil. Dig in 5IN1TM Organic Plant food into
the soil before planting. If planting in hanging baskets Bacopa Scopia Double Flower range is highly
and containers use Searles Peat 80 Potting Mix for the decorative with large double flowers that bloom early
best results. Prune plants every few months to remove in the season. This plant performs outstandingly in
spent flowers. This will rejuvenate the plants if full sun to partial shade. Accepts the heat and is an
done several times during the year when they ideal choice for mixed containers, hanging baskets
are getting leggy. Feed these heavy flowering and landscape areas. Fertilise fortnightly with Searles
plants with Searles Flourish Soluble Plant Food Flourish® Soluble Plant Food for more blooms.
every month.

Gardenia spp.
Flowering: Popular for their creamy white flowers and Give them acidic soil and good drainage. If
heavenly fragrance, gardenias flower throughout summer you’re not sure about your soil condition, build
to winter. Their deep green, glossy leaves and evergreen up garden beds with Searles Azalea, Camellia &
habit make them handsome all year round. Gardenia Specialty Mix before planting.
Mulch well, keep them well watered until
Habit: Gardenias are available in many forms, ranging
established and feed with Searles Flourish
from miniatures and groundcovers to large shrubs. Azalea, Camellia & Gardenia through the
Size: 1m to 1.5m tall. growing season for best results.
Position: Full sun and part shade.

Gardenia augusta ‘Florida’ produces masses Gardenia ‘True Love®’ has large flowers Gardenia ‘O So FineTM’ has fine dense
of flowers and is usually easy to source. and is more resistant to pests. leaves. A great choice for hedges.
Young Abby inspecting 11
the flowers at her local
flower show.

A sensory garden can be great fun to design,

Nicole Grant
build and of course, enjoy. Kids learn best when
they have freedom to explore and play in an
environment that is safe and amenable to lots of
imaginative play. As well as being educational and
fun, a sensory garden can help kids regulate their moods and
allow them to obtain sensory feedback, they may otherwise be
missing in their day. This can mean happier and calmer kids.

A sensory garden is one that features plants and decorative items

that range in texture, colour, and scent. Light and sound can also
be incorporated. A garden that is sensory-rich can both calm
and excite, depending on the design elements used, and can
become a favourite place to be for kids and adults alike.

Sensory gardens can be made for any size space. A small

court yard can feature potted plants, fairy gardens, or
interesting wall art. Use sand, pebbles or rocks in pots
for tactile play and wind chimes for auditory input. In
larger yards, rows of herbs or fragrant blooms can smell

delicious, or a wooden bridge or stepping stones can Visit an open garden

provide vestibular and proprioceptive feedback (how near you
and find some interestin

we move our body in space). A cushion thrown under a g shapes.


shady tree, or hammock can become a favourite quiet spot ot th


a t ar
for reading at the end of the day. e tactile.

You are only limited by your imagination. Do you

have a sensory garden?

Nicole Grant is a qualified Occupational Therapist. Garden bridges make exploring fun.

Hints & Tips


Red hot poker

(kniphofia) ALL ZONES

The kniphofia or red hot poker has been winning hearts

Calibrachoa Mini Famous Double Range in cooler climes and southern states for a long time and
Flowering: Spring through to Autumn is a great choice for late summer colour. These clump-
Habit: Beautiful double flowers, semi-trailing habit forming perennials are often found in the ‘ornamental
Size: 20cm - 25cm H x 30cm - 35cm spread grasses’ section of nurseries, although they are actually a
Position: Full Sun member of the lily family and originate from South Africa.
Colours: Amethyst, Blue, Hot Pink, Lemon, Magenta, Pink, Red hot poker is best placed towards the back of garden
beds where its one metre tall spires will emerge like
Pink Blush, Pink Vein, Rose Chai, Tangerine & Deep Yellow.
shining candles in shades of red, burnt orange, lemon and
sometimes lime green. These stately blooms will also attract
Mini Famous Double range with their full-double flowers come
nectar feeding birds to your garden.
into flower early in the season. Their excellent branching, semi-
trailing habit and medium vigour make them ideal as a stand-
alone feature in any size of pot. They’re even more impressive in
combination plantings.

Summer time is a busy period of the year. Most of us have parties

to organise, places to explore or finally finding the time to relax. So
make it easier on yourself and your plants by using these water
saving products from Searles.

1. Mix in some Searles Water Crystals when ever you are re-potting
your plants or creating a new garden.

2. Sprinkle Searles Penetraide Re-Wetting

ng Gr
nu es
over pot plants and gardens and
water in. Penetraide helps the
roots to take up water more
efficiently. This plant flowers year round and has won many
awards for its versatility and performance making
3. Not sure whether your it an easy choice for any garden bed or pot.
plants need another Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’ is a tough plant,
watering? Searles Moisture
coping with drought and heat, and flowering
Tester will tell you when.
best in sunny positions. Protect from heavy frosts.
4. Mulch, mulch and mulch. This plant grows to half a metre in height and
can be heavily pruned if needed. Mulch well.

Put bird-safe netting over

mangoes to protect them from
marauding birds as they are An excellent food
ripening on the tree. After source for native birds,
harvest, feed trees generously callistemons tolerate
with Searles Kickalong Fruit &
Anthracnose on
heavy and clay soils.
Flower Organic Plant nt Foo
mango leaf.
Pick mangoes and
Give them a sunny
cut up and freeze spot and prune
any excess fruit after flowering to
for later use. To encourage another
prevent anthracnose e flush of flowers.
on mangoes, spray Use a fertiliser for
trees with Searles Australian natives
Mancozeb, following such as Searles
the directions carefully.
Native Food.

ALL ZONES Short on space to grow vegetables and

(ex. NT) herbs? Look out for this handy planter
bag in your local retail centre. Position
anywhere in a sunny position, plant your
favourite edibles and watch them grow.

To fill the planter bag you will need 2 x

30L bags of Searles Herb & Vegetable
Specialty Mix.

For easy potting up fill the planter with

potting mix to the bottom pockets first.
Position your seedlings making sure you
push the plant’s root system into the body
of the bag. This will give your plant better
Polygala ‘Little Bibi’ is a dwarf access to more nutrients, moisture and less
evergreen shrub with glaucous grey chance of the root system being damage
green leaves. It flowers heavily with its by the heat of summer. Continue filling
main flush in spring and summer, and the bag with potting mix and planting the
continuously throughout the remainder seedlings as you go.
of the year (in some areas) with pretty
mauve/purple pea like flowers. Heat Use mulch on the top layer of your planter
and frost hardy, this tough plant offers bag. This assists greatly with water reten-
many garden attributes. Great for low tion. Avoid heavy items like pebbles if you
hedging and borders. 1m x 1m. Plant wish to move your edible garden around.
in full sun to part shade.

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Here is a photo sent in

by a vegetable grower
who is delighted with
their summer pickings. The stunning miniature eucalyptus Corymbia
‘Summer Red’, rarely grows taller than 5m and
SeaMax® Fish & Kelp looks its best from December to March. Plant in
is an organic plant food. full sun and feed with Searles Kickalong Native
Great for producing Plant Food in early summer.
bumper crops and
maintaining healthy To help lavender cope
plant growth. with summer humidity,
ensure bushes have
space around them for
aeration, pruning out
dead branches for
better airflow. Don’t
prune back into hard
wood however, or the
plant may not recover. ALL ZONES

Rice flower ‘Coral Flush’ ALL ZONES

(ex. TAS)

Acacia cognata ‘Limelight’

This stunning shrub grows about 80cm tall. Strikingly, it

bears lime green, pendulous foliage and has an
attractive, compact habit. It is ideal for pots, garden
beds and sloping gardens and its fine, cascading foliage
Also known as ozothamnus, the rice flower is an has made it a favourite in Balinese and Japanese style
indigenous shrub to south-east Queensland and gardens. Very hardy, it performs best in full-sun to part-
thrives on neglect. It creates pleasing highlights shade in well-drained soil. For best performance in
throughout the garden and is very attractive to warmer climates, maintain a thin layer of light-coloured
butterflies. Give it full sun and well drained soil. mulch and ensure it has excellent drainage. Protect from
the harsh afternoon sun.

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The strongly perfumed Daphne ‘Spring 15
Pink Eternal Fragrance’ are prized for
their repeat flowering. Flowers fade
from pink to pale pink to almost
white in summer. This variety is well
suited as borders, hedges and small
gardens. For optimum results trim
lighty to maintain shape and vigour.
Frost hardy and heat tolerant. Does If you go away for long periods over the
well in cooler climatic zones. Plant in summer, do not leave house plants indoors
full sun to part shade. 60cm H x 90cm as this will almost certainly spell their doom.
spread. Following the steps outlined below can help
safeguard your plants over your much-
deserved break.

1. Sprinkle Searles Penetraide on the soil

surface of all your pot plants. Searles
Penetraide helps improve the soil structure
of the soil to increase water holding
capacity and water penetration.

2. Put all outdoor pot plants in a shady

Colour your home position - preferably protected from wind -
Available in retail stores such as under a shady tree.
now are these high quality
Scheurich pot covers. They 3. Just prior to leaving, thoroughly drench all
come in an array of modern outdoor pot plants, wetting the foliage as
colours and styles to suit any well as the potting mix. For indoor pots, fill
home decor. Ask for them at your shower base, bath or kitchen sink with
your nearest garden centre or an inch of water and place them into the
hardware store. water. Be careful not to place them in
direct sunlight as the leaves may burn.

4. If pots have saucers, leave these under the

Lovely Limes pots as they will hold extra water.
Lemons are a popular tree with a multitude of
5. Ask friendly neighbours to
uses in the kitchen, but limes are even more
keep an eye on your plants.
versatile and can substitute for lemons in any
Ask them to give them an
dish. For small spaces, try the dwarf variety,
occasional watering if
‘Sub-Lime’. In the tropics, try ‘West Indian
weather is especially hot or
Lime’. Citrus trees are forming fruit now, so
dry, or if they are showing
ensure they have plenty of water and nutrients,
signs of stress.
especially during hot, dry weather. Plant citrus
trees only in full sun.
Try these
Bordy and
Natural Solutions Froggy
Control various insects,
mites and scales on
vegetables, citrus, pot Waters
plants for
plants and ornamentals up to 4
naturally with Searles days.
new Ecofend Natural
Solutions products. Bordy
This summer-flowering is a stunning
and tough performer. Forgiving Froggy
of gardeners who forget to water,
it has distinctive, spiny stems and
colourful flowers (actually bracts) in
tropical colours like cream, apricot,
yellow and cherry-red. Rarely
affected by pests or disease, it
needs a well drained soil. Excellent
in pots.
16 Sun-loving portulacas

Regional Garden Diary


N.T. Mt. Isa Mackay Portulacas will power on through the most
Alice Springs Longreach
Emerald Rockhampton
relentless of summer heat or drought and
Gladstone come in a range of striking colours. This
Blackall spreading succulent annual loves full sun
Hervey Bay
QLD Roma
Sunshine Coast and any well-drained soil, including poor
Toowoomba Brisbane and sandy soils. Give them a
Warwick Gold Coast
Geraldton Coober Pedy prune if they become leggy.
Kalgoorlie S.A. N.S.W.
Grafton Feed them with Searles Flourish
Port Augusta Port Macquarie every two weeks for more
Perth Tamworth
Bunbury Newcastle
Orange Sydney
Esperance Adelaide
Victor Harbour
South-east Qld
Vic. Melbourne & Northern NSW
North Queensland Mt Gambier
Subtropical — Coastal
Tropical — Wet & Dry Tropics
Flowers Sow ageratum, aster, balsam,
Sow balsam, celosia, cockscomb, coleus, REGIONAL ZONES celosia, cockscomb, coleus,
gomphrena, marigold, petunia, salvia, gomphrena, impatiens, marigold,
sunflower, torenia and vinca. salvia, sunflower, torenia, vinca and
Subtropical zinnia.
Herbs Temperate
Plant basil, coriander, lemongrass, mint Herbs
and tarragon. Cool Plant basil, chives, coriander, fennel,
Mediterranean gotu kola, heliotrope, lemongrass,
Fruit & Vegetables mint, parsley, tarragon and winter
Plant artichoke, beetroot, capsicum, Arid savoury.
cauliflower, celery, Chinese cabbage,
cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, pumpkin,
radish, shallots, spring onion and tomato. Fruit & Vegetables
Plant artichoke, beans, capsicum,
celery, Chinese cabbage, cucumber,
More advice... eggplant, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce,
Prepare garden beds in readiness for
melons, okra, onion, potato (tubers),
next season’s vegetables. To discourage
pumpkin, radish, rhubarb (crowns),
hibiscus beetle, pick up and dispose of
rosella, silver beet, spring onion,
spent hibiscus flowers. Keep the fertiliser
squash, sweet corn, sweet potato
up to citrus trees as nutrients are Black Hibiscus Beetle
and tomato.
constantly being lost with the rain.
Prevent mosquitoes from using your pot The worst pest of the hibiscus is the
plant saucers as a breeding ground by hibiscus flower beetle, which feeds on More advice...
filling them with sand or fine gravel. the unopened and developing flower Spray roses with Searles Rose Pro to
Watch out for black spot and powdery bud. Healthy plants will detect the prevent black spot and
mildew on roses and other ornamental hibiscus beetle and drop the damaged powdery mildew. Cut back
shrubs. Control with Searles flower buds, so if you notice flowers excessive growth on herbs to
Rose Pro. Set Searles Fruit falling prematurely it can usually be prevent them becoming
Fly Traps. Deadhead spent taken as a sign of the beetle’s presence. lanky. This will also reduce
spring-flowering annuals and Control hibiscus beetle and aphids on fungal infections caused by
perennials. hibiscus with Searles Conguard spray. humidity.
Sydney Adelaide, Perth
Temperate areas Mediterranean Climate

Flowers Prune spring-flowering shrubs. Trim
Plant ageratum, alyssum, boronia, spent roses with long stems. Deadhead
calceolaria, cleome, cyclamen, Iceland flowering annuals to keep them
poppy, linaria, malope, marigold, flowering.
pansy, schizanthus, stock, verbena,
vinca, viola and wallflower. Herbs
Keep picking the flowers off parsley
and basil to prevent them bolting.
Plant basil, chives, coriander, fennel,
Fruit and vegetables
gotu kola, heliotrope, lovage, mint, Remove spent fruit regularly to
parsley and tarragon. There’s nothing like home-grown discourage pests like fruit fly. Plant
tomatoes in summer salads and pasta tomatoes, zucchini and capsicum.
Fruit & Vegetables dishes, but the plants will need extra Keep well watered. Plant sweet corn.
Plant beans (dwarf and climbing), care in the heat. Keep the water up to
beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, them, maintain a thick layer of mulch More advice...
carrot, cauliflower, celery, chicory, chilli, and feed with Searles Flourish Tomato Ensure gardens and pot plants
Chinese cabbage, cucumber, eggplant, & Vegetable Soluble Plant Food every are well mulched. Water plants
endive, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, okra, fortnight to ensure they have the before mulching. Control
parsnip, potato (tubers), radish, rhubarb nutrients they need. nutgrass, which flourishes in
(crowns), shallots, silver beet, spring warmer weather, with Searles
Paspalum, Nutgrass and Clover
onion, sweet corn, sweet potato and
Melbourne Killer.
Cold & Southern
More advice...
Tableland areas
Mulch the entire garden thoroughly.
Before laying turf, sprinkle one handful
Inland Areas
of Searles Kickalong Complete Organic Arid or Outback areas
Plant Food per square metre and rake
Plant ageratum, alyssum, cineraria,
in well. Water well after laying turf to
cleome, cyclamen, forget-me-not,
help it establish. Prune wisterias. Feed Plant impatiens, petunias, zinnias,
Iceland poppy, lobelia, lupin,
all food crops fortnightly. Feed azaleas, dahlias, begonias and verbenas.
marigold, pansy, petunia, phlox,
camellias and gardenias fortnightly with
Searles Flourish Azalea,
primula, stock, verbena, wallflower Fruit and vegetables
and zinnia. Mulch to suppress weed growth around
Camellia & Gardenia. Avoid
over watering watermelon fruit trees and vegetable gardens.
once it starts to set fruit as
Herbs Monitor fruit fly activity with Searles Fruit
Plant basil, chives, coriander, Fly Traps.
this can result in a watery,
lemongrass, marjoram, mint,
tasteless crop.
oregano, parsley, rosemary, tarragon More advice...
and thyme. Watch out for army worm and
control with Searles Dead Grub.
Fruit and vegetables Move vulnerable pot plants into
Plant beans, beetroot, cabbage, the shade until the hottest part of
capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, summer passes.
cucumber, English spinach, kohlrabi,
leek, lettuce, onion, parsnip,
pumpkin, radish, silver beet, spring Nasturtium flowers and
squash, swede, sweet corn, tomato, foliage are edible and look
turnip and zucchini. great in summer salads.

More advice...
Keep the water up to annuals and
vegetable gardens. Snap off
withered rhododendron trusses.
Watch potted house plants for dry-out
and feed with SeaMax® Fish & Kelp
when watering. Apply Searles ALL ZONES
Flourish Tomato & Vegetable Plant
Lettuce becomes bitter after a few days Food fortnightly for tastier vegetables Hardy annuals like nasturtiums serve as a
of really hot weather. Protect them from and bigger blooms. Keep an eye great ‘living mulch’ when planted under
extreme heat by installing a temporary out for pests such as aphids, snails trees and shrubs as they use relatively little
shade until the heat wave passes. and caterpillars. water and nutrients and their leaves shade
the soil from the sun.

Now is the time to plant vegetables, fruit and

Ashley Searle
herbs that love the heat and make summer salads
refreshing for the palate. Here’s how to get started
with some of the most popular summer lovers.

Plant capsicums in the sunniest part of your year. When fruiting

vegie patch or into large pots, but never has finished in late
let them dry out. In pots, use Searles Herb autumn, cut them
& Vegetable Specialty Mix; in the garden, back and they’ll
dig in plenty of 5IN1™ Organic Plant Food reshoot the following
before planting. Give the bed a long, spring. Don’t prune
deep watering before planting and make them during summer
sure seedlings are kept moist and have as this can expose the fruit
plenty of space to grow. If growing tall to sunburn. Hide fruit among
varieties, erect a stake and tie each plant the foliage on very hot days to
onto the stake as it grows. Keep plants protect them. Few pests and diseases affect
well mulched and well-weeded. Feed capsicum. If fruit fly becomes a problem,
fortnightly with SeaMax Fish & Kelp Organic remove affected fruit, install Searles Fruit Fly
Plant Food up until fruit set. (Plants grown Traps and harvest fruit as soon as it is ripe
in pots should be fed weekly). Capsicums enough to eat. Crop rotation can minimise
are a perennial in frost-free climates and soil-borne diseases like spotted wilt and
will start bearing bigger fruit in their second powdery mildew.

Ginger can be grown in compost enriched

garden beds or in large containers filled
with Searles Peat 80 Plus Potting Mix. As winter approaches, the leaves will
Plant rhizomes about 2cm beneath the begin to die down. In frost prone areas,
surface of the soil. Make sure the growing the roots should be dug up and dried
buds or ‘eyes’ are pointed upward before out a little in the sun to help preserve
covering them over with soil. them. Put aside as much as you want
for your own use and store the rest over
Ginger likes warm weather, humidity, rich, winter in a dark, dry place. Replant
moist soil and plenty of water, especially it in spring. In tropical and subtropical
during summer. In the tropics, it usually zones, ginger can be left in the ground
needs a part shade position, but in cooler throughout the year.
areas, full sun is usually best. Keep ginger
away from winds and frost. Ginger grown in pots should also be
divided or harvested when the pot is full,
Shoots should break through the soil normally 8–12 months after planting. To
surface about a month after planting. harvest, trim off any leaf stalks and either
Allow at least another 5–6 months before tip out the whole contents of the pot or
harvest. dig them out with your hands.

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Pumpkins are so easy to grow that they them as required

have been known to spring up out of the during dry weather.
compost heap or self-seed in worm farms, For best results,
and will grow just about anywhere there is sprinkle Searles
space for them to spread out. Penetraide over the
soil after planting to ensure
The most popular types of pumpkin are deep water penetration and
available as seeds or seedlings. Pumpkin water in well. Continue to
can be planted in most parts of Australia lay mulch under the vine as
during the summer. In the tropics, some it grows. This will inhibit fungal
varieties will be more suitable than others diseases by preventing the stems and
so check with your garden centre for developing fruit coming in direct contact
varieties most suited to your area. with the soil.

For best fruiting, plant pumpkin in full Excessive humidity can cause outbreaks
sun or part shade. Because pumpkins of fungal diseases like rust and powdery
spread over a far greater area (3m x mildew on pumpkins. This can be
3m) than their root zone, there is no curtailed by growing vines in full sun Cucumbers are
need to dig over an entire garden bed; and watering only in the mornings. A an abundant
simply cultivate a small pocket of soil for fortnightly application of SeaMax® Liquid producer and
each plant, about 30cm wide x 30cm Seaweed can also improve the plant’s are quick and
deep and plant into that according to the resistance to such ailments. Existing cases easy to grow.
instructions on the seed packet or punnet. of fungal disease can be controlled There are many
with Searles Wettable Sulphur or Searles varieties of cucumber but all are annual
If you have limited space, pumpkin vines Mancozeb Plus. Pumpkins are pollinated vines with similar growing requirements
can be pruned to a more compact size. by bees, so it is very important not to use to the cucurbit family, such as pumpkins.
If this is done before flowering, it will insecticides around them. Cucumbers need a warm, sunny
cause the plant to grow more densely, position, a well-drained, loamy soil and
producing a greater number of stems Harvest when the vine has withered and space to ramble. Cucumbers can be
in a smaller space without significantly the stalks have turned brown and dry. planted just about anywhere in Australia
reducing the yield. Always take at least 4cm of the stem during the summer. Plant more plants
away with the fruit when picking. This will every two months to ensure a constant
Pumpkin vines grow rapidly and require preserve the fruit for longer by preventing supply of fruit. Water well after sowing
ample water to reach their full potential, air and moisture from reaching the flesh. and mulch.
so keep them well mulched and water Store pumpkins in a cool, airy position.

Sweet corn can be planted from ‘Living mulch’ vegetables such as

late spring until early autumn cucumbers and pumpkins can be
throughout Australia and all year planted between the corn and
round in the tropics. Sweet corn allowed to spread around them.
can be purchased as seed or
seedlings. It is important to bear in mind developing cobs. As the tall stems
that only one variety of corn should be develop they often produce roots above
cultivated in the garden at any one time the ground. Build a layer of mulch up
as cross-pollination can adversely affect around these to prevent them from
the quality of your crop. drying out.

They need deep, rich soil, and a sunny Spray for aphids, borers and caterpillars
position in a wind-protected area. of the corn earworms in the tops of the
Dig in 5IN1TM Organic Plant Food into cobs and spray with Searles Bug Beater if
your soil before planting to promote lush the infestation is bad. Protect developing
growth. Sweet corn pollinate themselves corn from birds.
more effectively if grown in blocks rather
than in rows of plants. Always plant seed Harvest corn when the silk tassels
to the depth and spacing recommended which hang from the top of each
on the packet. Keep moist and well- cob turn dark brown. To test
mulched. whether the corn is ripe enough to
eat, peel back a small section of the
Sweet corn demand a lot of water. papery casing and break open a
However, it is important to keep the cobs kernel with your fingernail. If the
dry as they mature, so water only the liquid that comes out milky it can
roots and avoid watering the foliage and be harvested immediately.

Pawpaw trees can be male, female or Food throughout the

bisexual (meaning they produce growing season. Water
flowers which have both male and requirements depend
female functioning parts). It’s important on the weather, but
to be aware of this as male specimens watering pawpaws
won’t bear fruit and female trees will once weekly
need a male tree somewhere nearby throughout the
for fertilisation before they can set fruit. growing season or
Bisexual varieties, which are now twice weekly during
readily available in garden centres, are drier weather is a
self-pollinating which can make them good guide.
an easier option. A pawpaw tre
loaded with fru
Some trees can take up to it.
Pawpaws grow best in soils rich in 12 months before they start bearing
organic matter, but good drainage is fruit. Harvest the fruit just before it ripens so
important to prevent root rot. Two pick it when it’s about two-thirds golden in
weeks before planting, mix plenty of colour and allow it to finish ripening indoors.
5IN1TM Organic Plant Food into the soil. In the tropics, fruits will grow all year round.
Pawpaws don’t like very acid soils. In the subtropics, fruiting will usually cease
during the winter months.
Pawpaws are prolific fruiters in warm
climates. Plant them in a warm, sunny Control broad mites with a sulphur
position and keep them well protected spray. Keep an eye out for aphids and
from frost. When planting, allow caterpillars. Get rid of fruit fly by hanging
enough space between the trees to Searles Fruit Fly Traps around the trees.
encourage air flow which will reduce To reduce fruit rot and fungal problems,
mildew attack and allow pollinating pick the fruit early and ripen it indoors,
insects to roam freely around them. as described earlier. In humid
Mulch & water well after planting. weather watch for mildew, which
can be discouraged with good
Pawpaws are heavy feeders, so for airflow around the plants and
best fruit production apply Searles can be controlled with Searles
Kickalong Fruit & Flower Organic Plant Mancozeb Plus.

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in pots or garden bedsbeds. In stir fries or
summer. Pruning (or regular harvest) ots Keep them moist
grow well in pots.
curries, only the soft, inner stem is used
can keep the plants compact and also and lightly mulched. Chillies come in a
— give it a whack with the back of a
extend their productive life. Unlike most range of different ‘temperatures’ and
knife to release its flavours before using
herbs, its flavour increases with cooking. also a range of colours. Regular harvest
it. Grow lemon grass in a full sun
promotes further fruit development.
position with plenty of moisture.
Chives Chillies won’t ripen off the bush.
Hardy in garden beds or in pots, plant
chives in full sun but don’t let them dry Mint
out. If the weeding gets away from Mint is easy to grow and can actually
you, chives can be distinguished from become a little invasive if allowed to
surrounding grass by its hollow stems escape from its pot. It grows in either full
and pungent aroma. Remove flowers to sun or shade and likes a well-drained
promote a long life. soil. Keep it moist for best results and
remove flowers for a longer productive
Chilli season. Look out for peppermint,
Chillies are really just tiny capsicums — spearmint, pineapple mint or chocolate
with a much hotter taste! They grow in mint.
sun or part shade and are tolerant of a
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