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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.
Wow - here we are now going into October! Hasn't it been a SLOW start to spring in our gardens? I know many of you are struggling with your summer seedlings; it is simply because conditions have been so cold.
This month marks the 15th anniversary of Paul & myself having the business, so we've got a birthday bash planned with lots of garden goodies to be won.
Spring is here! Spring is here! After a wet and cold winter the thought of some warmer, sunny days is most appealing. Our gardens have loved the rain (there's a good moisture bank built up in the soil) but not the cold so much - seedlings have been slow and many plants are looking a bit sad and yellow - but they'll soon pick up again as the days get longer and warmer.
Such a busy time in the garden AND at GLSC right now - come along to our Greener Garden Festival, Saturday 3rd September to listen to gardening experts Sabrina Hahn & Sue McDougall.
Hello Green Lifers - August already? Next month we'll be celebrating the start of Spring, so now's the time to be getting your garden sorted, and we hope this newsletter will get you inspired. It's a fantastic time to be getting garden beds ready and seedlings started. The days are getting longer and our plants are slowly responding to increased sunlight hours.
Hello again, Green Lifers! Brrrrr. As I write we have been experiencing some lovely, sunny winter days here in Perth; but the mornings have been COLD. Still, it's lovely to see the sun and to be able to get outdoors.
It's a great time to get busy in the garden, and there are heaps of jobs to get done now to keep things looking good, and to get prepared for Spring.
In this newsletter we've got info on:
Welcome to winter - well, officially! We have had some great rain to start us off; let's hope it continues. This time of year is a highly productive time of year in the garden, as plants grow well in the milder weather and with more moisture in the soil. There's always something to be done in the garden - and we've got lots of tips & ideas for you this month.
Hello and welcome to May! - hasn't it been a good start to Autumn so far; with some fantastic early rain? I know the weeds are doing well at our place!
We have just come out of the Perth Garden Festival last weekend; so apologies that the newsletter is a little late. It was a good show - everyone I spoke to had good things to say about the range of stalls and the excellent program of speakers that ran every day; there was something for everyone!
Well HELLO and welcome to April!
It's SUCH a great time to get busy and grow in the garden, and we have everything you need to get you started. Read here about our workshops; there's some fantastic sessions coming up. Also find out about how you can get FREE delivery of bulk soil; and other special deals for being a VIP Green Lifer.
Yay! It's officially Autumn! Sure, some hot days no doubt but overall the nights are cooler and we are in for some FANTASTIC gardening weather over the next couple of months.
We have some very exciting news for you if you're wanting to get your garden beds ready for planting. Check out our new discounted delivery structure for bulk soil products.
Also - our workshop schedule is up & running - we have got some great sessions planned between now and July; keep an eye on our brand new Events page on our website.
Hello and welcome to February!
Kids are back to school, and the year seems to be settling into a routine of sorts (for me, at least!) We've had some unusual weather throughout January, with rain every week it seems. This humid weather can present a challenge in our gardens with fungal diseases, etc. - I hope your garden has enjoyed the water and is otherwise unscathed!
Happy New Year! I trust you had a lovely Christmas, and have enjoyed a little bit of downtime after the 'silly season' to recharge your batteries!
In this newsletter we focus on WATER use in the garden. I'm sure you're hearing the message everywhere, but we really do need to ensure we manage this resource properly.
We also look at jobs to do in the garden, what you can plant now (and how to get the best results), and news about our 2016 Tomato Contest.
Hello again Green Lifers! Here we are & it's December again! It has been a very busy year for us and we'd like to THANK YOU all for your amazing support. We will be closing for a few days (mainly the public holidays) but will be re-opening between Christmas and New Year (for those of you with time off who want to get stuck into some projects!)
Welcome to November! I find it gets pretty crazy from here on - like a toboggan going down hill, we seem to increase speed all the way down to Christmas! But hopefully you've got some work done in your garden so you can enjoy the results of your effort later. No? Still on the To-Do list? Well - time to get cracking ~ but the good news is you can still plant LOTS of great things to harvest over the coming weeks & months.
Hello & Welcome to October! In this newsletter we've got some pointers for growing from seed. It's the cheapest way to get a garden growing; and once you have enjoyed a growing season you can save your own seed for next year! Plus we've got jobs to do in the garden now, things to plant right now, a VIP special offer & more...
We're Doing It In A Dress this October & want you to join us 10th & 11th October for a great weekend!
Boy, it's a busy time to be in the garden. Early Spring is the time when you need to put in a little effort to reap the rewards all through summer. Get busy, get things prepped and sown, and you'll be all set to enjoy some fresh produce from your own garden by Christmas (and sooner - depending on your choices!).
This newsletter, we talk a bit about just HOW to prepare your soil to get the most out of it for the coming growing season.
It's a great time to be planning and preparing for your Spring planting. Time to dig in manures & compost (or our vegie concentrate) and leave it for a couple of weeks to really settle in before transplant your seedlings.
But you've still time to get seedlings off to a flying start, too! Check out our 'When to Plant Guide' for a list of ideas.
While the garden has been loving the sunny days, the lack of rain is a concern. Hopefully that will change before too long. While mornings have been chilly, the fine days have been perfect for gardening, and there's been lots happening down at The Green Life Soil Co.
Asparagus & Rhubarb crowns HAVE BEEN ORDERED and will be in store within a couple of weeks. Watch our Facebook page for the arrival announcement, or give us a call soon and check. This year we have only ordered the RED STEMMED rhubarb variety, as it is the one most requested. I expect they will go quickly so don't leave it too long to grab some.
Hello & welcome to Winter! We've had some chilly nights & mornings (with frost already at our place) but not much rain as yet - let's hope the rains will come - ideally at night leaving the days lovely so we can get outside and enjoy a bit of winter sun!
And although it's Winter, things won't be slowing down! It's a highly productive time to garden in Perth, so do make the most of it and enjoy your garden.
While we can expect some hot days to come, there is no doubt days are getting shorter, and the change of season is definitely in the air. We are coming up to one of the most productive opportunities to plant and grow in Perth, so make sure you're ready!
To help inspire and inform you, we have Nick Bell and Leesa Caldwell coming in to store (Sat 14th March & Sat 11th April from approx. 10.30 - 12.30)
Come and talk to us about your Autumn gardening project, and we can provide you with advice on the best value methods to suit your needs.
I hope your gardens are surviving as we are now into the height of summer here in Perth. I know our garden struggles with lack of water (we don't have scheme water and are pretty miserly with the bore) but mulching heavily and using overhead shadecloth keep things going until cooler temperatures return. This newsletter has tips to help your garden and lawn cope through the hottest time of the year.
Wow, welcome to summer! Let's hope it is a kind one to our gardens!
In this newsletter, we've got some great Christmas gift ideas for you and more exciting news and developments @ GLSC.
We will be closing for our Christmas break from 5.00pm Tuesday, 23rd December and re-opening 8.30am Friday, 2nd January.
We'd like to take this opportunity to wish YOU and yours a happy and safe Christmas. Thank you for your custom over the year and we look forward to being of service to you throughout 2015.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year ~ from the Team @ The Green Life Soil Co