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Get busy sowing, planting and feeding to help keep your garden flourishing well into spring!

Spring bulb care

Spring flowering bulbs like tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, freesias and jonquils need your attention during August and into spring. Bulbs are busy developing their spectacular flowers and will really benefit from a good feed. Feeding bulbs now will help ensure that they can store more of the nutrients they need for next year’s flowers.

Yates® Thrive® Flower & Fruit Soluble Plant Food is rich in potassium, which is one of the key nutrients for encouraging flowers. Mix 2 spoonfuls in a 9 L watering can and apply over the bulbs (including potted bulbs) each week until the leaves die down.

It’s a kind of magic

Yates® Alyssum ‘Magic Circles Mix’ is a beautiful new variety of alyssum in the Yates seed range. ‘Magic Circles Mix’ forms a dense 10 cm high carpet of fragrant, pastel tinted flowers in shades of soft pinks, lilacs and white. It has a spreading habit that makes it ideal for growing as a ground cover or border plant and also looks gorgeous in a container. The flowers attract bees and other beneficial insects into the garden so including some alyssum in and around the vegie patch is a great (and very pretty!) idea.

In temperate areas Yates Alyssum ‘Magic Circles Mix’ can be sown all year round. In cooler areas wait until spring to start sowing.

How to grow:

  1. Scatter seed thinly where they are to grow or raise in punnets of Yates Black Magic® Seed Raising Mix.
  2. Barely cover, firm down, water gently and keep moist through the germination phase (seeds will take 10 – 14 days to germinate).
  3. Thin out seedlings or transplant when they’re large enough to handle.
  4. To give your alyssum the best start, improve the soil before sowing or planting with some organic rich Yates Thrive® Natural Blood & Bone
  5. Once the seedlings are established feed each week with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. It’s a complete plant food that contains the right balance of nutrients to encourage healthy leaf growth, strong root development and lots of dainty alyssum flowers.
  6. Yates Alyssum Magic Circles Mix will begin flowering around 8 weeks after sowing. Cut the plants back regularly to keep them tidy and promote fresh flushes of leaves and flowers.

Yates Alyssum Magic Circles Mix can be grown in either a full sun or a partly shaded spot and prefers well drained soil.

Bring in the bees!

If you’re planning on growing fruiting vegies like zucchini, pumpkin and cucumber over the warmer months then including some bee attracting flowers in the vegie patch will promote a much better fruit set. If vegies aren’t on your gardening horizon, it’s still important for gardeners to grow flowers that will provide food for bees and other beneficial insects – And you can never have too many flowers in your life!

Marigolds are bright happy flowers that are ideal for growing in pots, garden beds and as border plantings. Seed of Yates® Marigold ‘Cupid Mix’ can be sown during August in temperate areas (in cool zones wait until spring) and they’ll be covered in large, softly curled flowers in yellow, gold and orange in 12 weeks.

Yates Marigold Cupid Mix only grows to around 20 cm tall and is a hardy variety that flowers for a long time. You can sow Yates Marigold Cupid Mix direct where they are to grow or sow into trays of Yates Black Magic® Seed Raising Mix and then transplant out when the seedlings are large enough to handle.

Vegie patch hint: grow Yates Marigold Cupid Mix as a low border plant around the outside of the vegie patch. It will look wonderful and your vegies will love you for it.

Protect seedlings from damaging snails and slugs with a light sprinkling of Yates Blitzem® Snail & Slug Pellets and then feed the marigolds every week with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. It will encourage strong healthy plants and lots of happy flowers. Trim off spent flowers regularly to help keep the plants tidy and encourage new growth and flowers.


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