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Hello August - and we're 2/3rds through winter - officially. I can see signs of Spring in the garden already; our Almond tree is flowering, the Irises are in bud and so is my one and only Rose bush (which is a worry because I still haven't pruned it!). Sometimes the weather confuses us all... but we muddle through! At least in Perth we've had some good rain this year, and we're thankful for that. Let's hope there's a bit more to come (and that it makes its way to the drought affected areas over east too).
Rhubarb, Asparagus & Jerusalem Artichokes have all ARRIVED and we still have stock available. It's the perfect time to get these planted so don't delay. Asparagus is 'Mary Washington' variety 2nd year crowns, and the Rhubarb is 'Ever Red' - so the lovely rich, red stems you traditionally think of as rhubarb. Yum!
Hello again! I hope you're having a great Winter season so far. I know we've had some wet & bleak days, but we've also had some glorious mild and sunny weather - perfect for getting things done or for just enjoying the weekend outdoors. The Winter solstice is behind us - so technically the days are getting longer once again. The cycle continues! Still, thoughts of Spring are still some way off right now and we need more rain to soak the soil and to put something into our dams. (If you're planning ahead for Spring - make sure you check out our VIP special offer below.)
Welcome to Winter! It has officially arrived; and after a few days AT LAST of decent rain - it feels like it! It's the time of year for hearty soups, stews and lots of fantastic winter vegies - if you haven't got them planted out yet you'd better get cracking!
We've got LOTS of tips & info for gardening in Winter in Perth (which by world standards - is mild!). So don't hibernate away - it's time to get busy.
How is it May already? Wow. We've still been enjoying some warmer days; and there's not been much rain as yet - so it feels like Autumn is yet to happen in earnest; although the night time temperatures are getting lower and the days are definitely shorter.
Autumn is a busy time in the garden and in this newsletter we've got lots of tips and great info to get you inspired.
So who can believe we're officially one month into Autumn already? It seems to be a bit of a pattern now that Summer's last hurrah comes late & into Autumn, and this year seems no exception, with some warm days making us wonder about the timing of new plantings and soil preparation.
But the plants are aware of the shortening of daylight hours, and the cooler night temperatures, and we start to see the changes.
It's officially Autumn - which means it's TIME TO GARDEN! With so much to be done, we've got timely reminders of those jobs PLUS links to lots of our free guides to give you even more info & inspiration.
Meet the winner of our 2018 Tomato Contest and find out what her top tips are for growing amazing tomatoes. I'm sure you'll be impressed by the pictures of her crop (and maybe a little bit jealous, too!).
So sit down & have a read of our newsletter - then get stuck into your garden!
Hello & welcome to February! As the kids go back to school it feels like we're really in the groove for 2018. I trust some of you got to enjoy some fun family times over the holidays.
It's an interesting time in the Perth garden. Usually February's one of our hottest months, so not conducive to gardening much at all - but we've been lucky to have a fairly mild summer so far this January and even LOTS of summer rain (thanks to ex-cyclone Joyce). At the same time there's that SLIGHT hint that we're on the downhill run to Autumn, with the promise of PERFECT growing conditions once more just around the corner. Hopefully this newsletter will inspire you and get you ready.
I hope you all got to enjoy a break over the silly season (even those of you who work in retail!) and 2018 is off to a great start for you. There's certainly lots of good things in the pipeline for us here @ Green Life Soil Co.
While summer is a quieter time in the garden; as every gardener knows there's still things that need care and attention, so I hope this newsletter will give you some inspiration to enjoy some outdoors time.
Hello and welcome to DECEMBER! I'm sure when I last blinked it was July... I guess that's the way things go!
We've been lucky that the weather has been MOSTLY mild so far; and things in our garden are growing well. I hope they are for you, too!
For customers North of the river, as of this week you can find our Certified Organic potting mix stocked at Waldecks in Stirling and Kingsley. I hope that makes it nice and handy for you to stock up when you need it.
So all the best for a safe and relaxing Christmas & happy December gardening. Cheers from all of us to all of you.
Welcome to the November newsletter - after a bit of a weird start to Spring it looks like we have some warmer weather arriving this week! Let's hope we can enjoy some gentle, warm Spring days before it starts to get crazy hot. I hope your garden's doing well - we've certainly enjoyed seeing things grow in response to the rain. I feel accomplished that we've got some summer crops in earlier this year; and look forward to harvest time!
Happy October - it's GLSC's birthday month, with 2017 marking 16 years that Paul & I have been in the business of encouraging good folk like yourselves to get out and garden! For those of you who have been with us the whole journey - thank you! And for those who have more recently discovered us - welcome & we hope we've got you hooked on living the green life too!
Spring has arrived @ Green Life - although the weather has been a bit all over the place with some cold & rainy days - as usual, right at Royal Show time! Hopefully the cold conditions haven't set your seedlings back too much; the longer daylight hours and sunshine (when it shows itself!) has meant things in our garden have been booming.
Welcome to September - the official start of Spring; and certainly a prime time for gardening in Perth. To help get you fired up, in this newsletter we've got a whole list of things you can grow now, a helpful reminder of jobs to do, and our feature article is about building your soil fertility.
Plus as always there's a special offer for our VIP customers - that's YOU!
We hope you enjoy our latest newsletter.
As we head into August; the last official month of Winter, we're looking towards all the opportunities for a bumper spring crop & summer harvest. We address your gardening questions and help you get ready for Spring; with reminders for all those important jobs and a list of what you can begin to plant now.
With a whole new round of workshops announced, there's something for everyone @ GLSC, no matter where you are on your gardening journey.
Hello and welcome to our July newsletter! We've passed the shortest day of the year so... ever so slowly... the days are beginning to get longer once more. Let's hope we get a lot more rain between now and Spring.
Winter opening hours take effect from 1st July 2017. We're open from 8.30 - 4.00pm Monday - Saturday; and 8.30 - 2.00pm Sundays. Should you need to pick soil up outside of these hours (particularly trade customers) please contact us and we'll do our best to accommodate your needs.
So much to do in the June garden... In our June 2017 newsletter we hope to inspire you to get those necessary jobs done and reap the rewards in Spring. But there's still plenty to plant and grow right now too.
Have you tried growing microgreens? Anyone can grow them anywhere - virtually no space required. We'll show you how.
Plus there's new products to try and more good stuff going on @ Green Life Soil Co.
Happy May! So we're half-way through Autumn almost, and hasn't the weather been gorgeous?
Sure - we could always use a bit more rain over here in dry Perth, but as far as working outside; the conditions have been perfect.
We've had a busy month with the Perth Garden Festival end April. I hope you got down to the show - organisers believe record numbers of about 30,000 made it through the gates this year, and it was certainly busy - lots of people to chat to and hopefully teach about their options for gardening in a more sustainable fashion.
Autumn is upon us! And isn't it lovely? We'd love to know what you're doing in your garden right now - if you're interested in sharing some photos, we'd love to see them! You never know - you could WIN yourself a pass to the Garden Festival... See below for more details!
We've been working on bringing some NEW products to market too - and we've got more info about those in this newsletter. Plus the handy reminders of what to do in the garden NOW, and what you can plant out at this time of year.
Welcome to Autumn!
We're excited because the best time to garden in Perth is this season!!!
There's LOADS to do in the garden at this time of year and we hope this newsletter will inspire you to get outside. Gardening is a wonderful way to nourish your body with gentle exercise and your mind with relaxing, purposeful tasks - and if you're growing edibles, you get to nourish your body from the inside too, with the freshest and tastiest produce you grow.
Hello Green-Lifers - and welcome to February! At this time of year things are settling into a 'routine' - kids are back at school, holiday season is over and the year is really underway. It's time to get back into the garden.
This month we're announcing our Tomato Contest Winners. Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter; it is always great to see the variety of tomatoes you're growing.
Plus we've got a whole new round of workshops coming for the first half of the year. Details are below. We'd love to know what other workshops you may be interested in, so drop us a line with your ideas.
Happy New Year! I hope 2017 brings you & your family every happiness, and that your garden blooms exceptionally well this year! I hope you've had a chance to have a rest over the Christmas period.
We're glad to say @ GLSC we survived the road closure - Farrall Road has been re-opened and you can now access us from each end; however due to the median strip, northbound traffic can only enter & exit from the northern end of our carpark.
Welcome to our December newsletter.
So Christmas is just around the corner again. I hope you're ready for it - if you need ideas for Christmas gifts for gardening friends & relatives, see our suggestions below for inspiration, or browse around our revamped website (Do you like it?? The idea was to make it easier to navigate and it's also now fully mobile responsive).
Welcome to November - we've had some lovely spring weather so far, and the garden has appreciated the mild weather and extra rain. I think it won't be long before we start experiencing a few hotter days, so check out the 'Jobs to Do' section below to make sure you and your garden are prepared.