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We’re celebrating one of the best seasons of the year to garden! It’s a fantastic time to breathe life into your soil and fill your vegie patch with lots of fresh and delicious vegies and herbs that you can enjoy over the cooler months.
There are so many varieties to choose from to tempt your green (or not so green) fingers and your taste buds.
It’s very important to give vegies and herbs the best possible start so they remain healthy and productive and one of the best ways to do this is to prepare your soil before planting. The secret is in the soil!
Soil is the engine room of the garden and is a vital part of creating a flourishing garden. You can help nurture and revitalise your soil by mixing in some handfuls of Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food into the soil before you plant seedlings or sow seeds.
What is Yates Dynamic Lifter?
It’s a concentrated, composted, pelletised manure blended with the added goodness of blood and bone, fishmeal and seaweed.
Why is Yates Dynamic Lifter good for your soil?
Used regularly, the rich organic matter contained in Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food will help increase the soil’s water and nutrient holding ability, improve soil structure as well as providing a source of food for earthworms and beneficial soil microorganisms, which are super helpers in the garden.
Earthworms and microorganisms turn organic matter into valuable plant available nutrients and earthworms also make tunnels through the soil, making it easier for plant roots to grow.
Yates Dynamic Lifter will help bring your soil to life and improve your soil, whether you have sand or clay.
So what vegies can you plant in your Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food enriched garden in April?
Here are some ideas:
Yates Spring Onion – a crisp and crunchy variety with plump white stems and tasty green leaves that’s great for both the vegie garden and containers.
Yates Wong Bok Chinese Cabbage – a delicately flavoured and versatile vegie for salads and stir fries.
Yates Beetroot Baby Beets – tender and sweet quick growing beetroots that are ideal for salads. A perfect variety for pots.
Yates Asian Stir Fry – an interesting mix of Asian leafy greens including tatsoi, Chinese broccoli and Chinese cabbage. Fast growing and great for stir fries.
Yates Lettuce ‘Baby Combo’ – an interesting blend of baby leaf lettuces with leaves that can be picked individually as you need them. A perfect mix for pots.
Yates Leek ‘Welsh Wonder’ – a hardy and gourmet variety with tender white stems with a mild onion flavour.
Yates Broccoli ‘Shogun Winter Harvest’ – for sowing in temperate zones during April, a delicious broccoli variety with firm dome-shaped heads.
Follow the directions on the seed packets as to how deep to sow the seeds, keep the area moist and the seedlings will emerge within around 2 weeks.
You might need to thin out some seedlings to give every plant enough room to grow. Slugs and snails can destroy tender young seedlings very quickly, so protect your vegie patch with a light sprinkle of Yates Blitzem Snail Slug Pellets around the soil.
In cool and temperate regions, delicious tomatoes are sadly coming to the end of their growing season. Hopefully they have given you a bumper crop!
Here’s what to do with your tomato patch:
Remove the remaining fruit and ripen any green tomatoes on a warm windowsill.
Pull the plants out of the soil, roots and all if possible. This will help to reduce the level of tomato pests and diseases that could linger.
Mix some Yates Thrive Natural Blood Bone with Seaweed. After a busy few months of growing tomatoes, the soil will have become depleted of nutrients and organic matter levels will have declined. Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone is a rich source of concentrated organic matter, boosted with seaweed, and will help improve soil health and structure.
Refresh the mulch layer on the soil. Lucerne or pea straw is ideal as they help protect the soil from the elements and as they break down add valuable organic matter to the soil.
Choose your next crop! It’s important to practice crop rotation and not plant any vegetables in the same patch that are related to tomatoes, which includes plants like potatoes, capsicum, eggplant and chillies. Crop rotation helps to minimise the build-up of pests and diseases, that can infest plants in the same family. Leafy greens like spinach and silverbeet or brassica crops like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are fantastic for growing after tomatoes.
After planting your new seedlings, water them in well with Yates Thrive Natural Seaweed Tonic. Made from 100% sustainably sourced bull kelp, it helps to reduce transplant shock in new plants and is an excellent plant starter as it stimulates root growth.
Once the seedlings are established, start feeding with Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone plant food concentrate, which is a complete plant food containing organic nutrients from fish boosted with added fast acting nutrients to promote healthy plant growth and a great vegie harvest.