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2020-05 May Newsletter

Wow - what a roller coaster the last few months has been ~ April was so busy we didn’t get time to publish the newsletter and we send our deepest apologies to those who have been waiting! On a brighter note we have noticed a lot of new members signing up and would like to welcome you all to the Green Life family.

What a strange Easter and Anzac we all experienced in isolation this year! With most of us home and spending time in the garden I wonder how much our gardens have grown? On a creative note World Naked Gardening Day was on Saturday the 2nd of May and my only comment is wow didn’t we get innovative in isolation this year.?

With the first week of May we experienced some strong winds and rain (how did your garden survive?) But we're grateful the weather cleared up in time for Mother's Day.

  • Jobs to do in the May Garden & What to plant NOW
  • The DIRT on what makes good soil.
  • VIP Freebie & Photo competition winner
  • Retail stockists, Covid-19 updates & more

2020-03 March Newsletter

We're living in strange times!
GLSC has now implemented a 'closed door policy' - this means we are still trading, however our premises are no longer open to the public. We are offering (as we always have) a delivery service, and other products (including trailer loads of soil) can be purchased by a click & collect system.
There's never been a more important time to garden. Welcome to our March newsletter.

  • Jobs in the March garden
  • What to plant NOW
  • Top 10 'Bang for your buck' Winter crops
  • VIP special offer

2020-02 February newsletter

Welcome to February! We've entered the Noongyar season of Bunuru - 'second summer'; the hottest part of the year with little or no rain, and hot easterly winds - and a cooling sea breeze (if we're lucky!). It was the time of year the traditional people lived near the water, and fish/aquatic foods made up a lot of their diet. It's also the time of the Marri flowers; and for those of us living around the hills, it's certainly a spectacular season for blossom this year. Farmers say that indicates a wet winter is on its way... we'll see!

For gardeners, it's a season of 'hanging in there!' - keeping gardens alive, and planning for Autumn, which officially is only a month away. We know weather can be hot right up into April, day length is shortening, nights are generally cooler, and there'll be a change in the air before much longer.

So check out all the things you can do and be prepared for your best ever Autumn in the garden.

  • What to plant NOW & Jobs for the February garden
  • Planning for Autumn - a checklist to get you thinking ahead
  • Recycling - be a part of it.
  • VIP RED HOT special, Photo contest winner, and much more!

2020-01 January news

Hello & welcome to 2020! It's been a crazy month around here - our big move happened over the Christmas break. We're now open & operational @ 166 Wilson Road; but still settling in - there'll be many improvements to come over the next year - so keep a look out and we hope to see you soon.
Our new site is a mere 4 minute trip (a couple of kms) by car from our previous site - if you're taking Roe Highway to reach us, take the Toodyay Road exit heading towards the hills and you'll find us. Our new site has a drive thru shed - so if you're just picking up bags, follow the arrows via the far gate and on in and we'll load you.

  • Jobs for the January Garden & What to Plant NOW
  • Summer Garden Survival
  • VIP special offer - our housewarming gift to you!
  • Retailer update & Photo contest winner - and more!

2019-12 December Newsletter

Welcome to Summer - and boy, is it here with a BANG! It's a tough season to garden in Perth - hopefully the preparation you've done in recent months will help your garden survive AND thrive until Autumn.

Well Green Lifers - OUR BIG MOVE is getting closer!!! Things at the new site (166 Wilson Road, Middle Swan - right next door to Tass1 Trees) are moving along, but there's many ducks to line up. The plan is that we'll be closed for an extended period over Christmas/New Year while we're moving & re-open for 2020 from the new premises.

Check out our opening hours here...

  • Details of our NEW PREMISES & Christmas trading hours.
  • What to plant now & a handy reminder for jobs to do in the garden
  • Home gardening in a heatwave - tips & tricks
  • VIP special offer, Photo competition winner & more!

2019-11 November news

Hello & welcome to November! As we head halfway into Spring, we can sense the days warming up. It was lovely to have some rain recently (commiserations if you're one of the gardeners who had some hail damage) - let's home a little bit of summer rain every now and again comes our way.

The Spring garden is definitely alive & buzzing at our place. Seedlings of corn, cucumber, zucchini, tomatoes and salad greens are pumping. We're picking sugar snap peas, heaps of spinach and silverbeet, some early garlic, and globe artichokes. While the broccoli is almost over (some side shoots still being produced from very sad looking & caterpillar ravaged plants), we've got a couple more nice cauliflower heads forming - but that will be brassicas done & dusted for the year.

  • What to plant NOW & November jobs - a handy reminder
  • Darn, gosh exciting news!!!! GLSC moving in 2020
  • Pest repellent plants - enjoy your summer outdoors
  • VIP special offer, Photo competition winner & more!

2019-10 October newsletter

Welcome to October - it's certainly starting to warm up in our gardens.

Spring is such a busy time - there's so much to plant that will grow, flower and fruit before summer and beyond; and now's the time to start those clean up & planting jobs that will mean you've got an outdoor space to be proud of when you entertain over the summer & Christmas period.

This month, we hope to inspire you to make the most of this gorgeous weather.

  • What to plant now & Jobs for the October garden
  • Space saving ideas for your garden
  • VIP special offer
  • Photo competition winner & retailer update

2019-09 September news 2019

Hello & welcome to SPRING!
Yes, it's officially here ~ and it's a perfect time to begin all those garden projects, and to get planting the crops that will be feeding you November through to January.

In our instant world we forget nature has her cycles and can't be rushed; a seed takes time to germinate, grow and produce. Gardening is a great way to reconnect with this and to teach our children the lesson of patience.

But there's sooooo much you can do now that will bring you rewards down the track. We hope this newsletter will inspire you to get out side in the coming weeks and be a part of it.

  • What to plant NOW & Jobs for the September garden
  • Lawn care - the natural way!
  • VIP speclal freebie offer
  • Retailer update, new products, and MORE!

2019-08 August Newsletter

Hello again - here we are more than halfway through winter; so you know what that means; SPRING is literally just around the corner! Days are getting noticeably longer week on week and the plants will be noticing too! Let's hope there's still some good rain to be had - I'm sure there's still some very chilly days ahead too; we're not out of frost danger yet (if you live in those susceptible areas).

As the weeks roll on; we'll have more and more varieties of Spring/Summer vegies available in both seed & seedlings. Come on in over the next month and check out our range, or feel free to call up if you're looking for something in particular.

  • What to plant NOW & Jobs for the August garden
  • Mites. Tiny garden pests (and how to deal with them!)
  • Photo competition winner & Retailer update
  • VIP Special offer

2019-07 July News

Howdy Green Lifers! In last month's newsletter I started the introduction talking about how dry it's been... well - amazing how things can turn around, isn't it? June was officially our wettest month in 14 years; although we've still got a bit to go to catch up on where the average says we should be. I hope your garden has enjoyed the rain. As always, we're still blessed with lovely sunny days in winter - perfect for getting outdoors, so don't miss those opportunities to get things done in the garden.

  • What to plant now & Jobs for the July garden
  • Avocados - growing tips from a professional
  • VIP red hot winter delivery deal
  • Photo competition winner & Retail stockist update

2019-06 June 19 newsletter

June! Winter is officially here; but so far the rain hasn't arrived. Let's hope that changes and we get some rain interspersed with our traditional lovely sunny winter days! While it's a little quieter in the garden, there's always things to do.
This month check out our part II of 'how to improve your soil'- this time it's for those who have to deal with clay soil.

  • Jobs to do in the June garden & What to plant now
  • Improve your soil - part II
  • VIP special offer
  • Retail stockist update & Photo competition winner

2019-5 May Newsletter 2019

Hello & welcome to MAY! We trust you had a good Easter/school holiday/ANZAC period - many people had an extended break and for some that meant it was a good time to get things going in their garden. If you've been too busy and doing other things - it's not too late. NOW is the perfect time to get growing; the days are mainly sunny and warm and there has been a teasing amount of rain - let's hope there's more to come.
In case you haven't figured it out yet - at Green Life we're a bit passionate about SOIL - it is a living thing (or at least it should be!) More and more is coming to light now about the importance of healthy, microbially active soil, and why biodiversity is so important. So if you're looking at your little patch and need help to make it better - do come and see us, because we know we can help.

  • Jobs in the May Autumn Garden & What to Plant NOW
  • VIP special offer - free POO to YOU
  • Rejuvenate your garden (and see the benefits!)
  • Photo competition winner, Retail stockist update... and MORE!

2019-04 April newsletter

Hello & welcome to April!
Come and see us at this year's Perth Garden Festival - 11 - 14th April at McCallum Park, site 247. We'll have a good range of organically grown seedlings for sale, seeds, seed potatoes, plus a few of our Green Life goodies including Charlie Charcoal in updated packaging; so do come and say hello! We're also going to have a lovely range of Tucker Bush edible native plants available - so come and have a look!

  • What to plant in the garden now
  • Jobs to do in the Autumn garden
  • Check out our story in our great new video!
  • VIP special offer for April

2019-03 March 19 newsletter

We're excited to say it's OFFICIALLY AUTUMN! Our favourite time of year in the garden. Obviously we're still in for some hot weather but the seasons are definitely shifting. The indigenous Noongar people recognise 6 seasons in the South West of WA; and March falls in Bunuru - the 2nd summer; with 'Autumn' or Djeran being April & May. I think they know what they're talking about! Gardeners are nothing if not optimistic - so with the knowledge that cooler weather is on its way - there's much to be done in preparation for Autumn planting.

  • What to plant now & tips for sowing seeds this Autumn
  • Growing gorgeous Garlic
  • Tomato contest winners - 2019
  • VIP special offer for March

2019-02 February newsletter

Summertime! It's certainly here, - with kids back to school and things settling back to normal - clubs, committees and community groups are all back to work. Planning is well underway for the 2019 Perth Garden Festival. GLSC will be there again; so make a mental note to come and say hi!

If you're still hibernating inside away from the heat and not thinking about going outside to work in the garden - we're on the downhill slide to Autumn now, so hang in there! Grab a cool drink and have a read of the newsletter - hopefully it may get you inspired!

  • What to grow now & February gardening jobs - a handy reminder.
  • Fertilise - why, what & when? Some of our favourites.
  • RED HOT VIP offer
  • Photo competition winner, Retail stockist update & more!

2019-01 January News

HAPPY NEW YEAR & welcome to our first newsletter of 2019.
I trust you had a lovely Christmas and (just maybe) were lucky enough to have a break?
How is YOUR garden surviving summer? We've got some great advice to keep things healthy and to beat some of those pesky seasonal pests.
Plus lots of great tips, planting suggestions & more!

  • Tomato Contest 2019
  • Summer garden pests
  • Jobs for the January garden & What to plant now
  • VIP Special offer & Photo competition winner for January

2018-12 December newsletter

Welcome to December (and hello Summer!)

With Christmas just around the corner and Summer technically here this month - it's a busy time for most of us with end of year celebrations & formalities.

We've had a very busy Spring at GLSC - and our list of retail stockists has continued to grow; often because people are asking their local nurseries, etc to carry our products!! So THANK YOU for your continued support ~ we wouldn't be here without it.

This month we've got lots of tips to help your garden through the warmer months.

  • Jobs to do in the December Garden & What to Plant Now
  • VIP Special Offer - Merry Christmas to YOU!
  • Photo Competition Winner & Retail Stockist Update
  • Creating Shelter in the Summer Garden

2018-11 November News

Welcome to November! Here we are just a stone's throw from Christmas again - how does it happen?
I hope you've been enjoying this Spring weather - up to now it's been very mild and our gardens have enjoyed some rain; such a lovely time as things are actively growing but not stressing in the heat.
It's a busy time with lots to do in the garden; and this month we hope to give you some tips & advice in the lead up to Christmas to get your garden looking gorgeous for the festive season.

  • Jobs to do in the Garden & What to Plant Now
  • Top Tasty Tomato Tips
  • Photo Competition Winner & Retail Stockist Update
  • News, Awards & a VIP special offer - it's all about Mulch!

2018-10 October newsletter

Welcome to October - we're well and truly into the Spring gardening season, and it's been lovely to see so many repeat customers come back as they're topping up their gardens again.

October is our birthday month at GLSC - this year marks 17 years that Paul & I have been running the business. There's certainly been some changes along the way; and we appreciate the lovely customers who have been part of the journey.

As we enjoy the Spring weather, we hope we can inspire you to get out and enjoy the sunshine while you tackle some important jobs to keep your garden looking great - both now, and through the Summer to come.

  • What to Plant Now & Jobs for the October Garden
  • Be Waterwise & Summer-ise Your Garden!
  • VIP Special Offer
  • Retail Outlet Update & Photo Competition Winner

2018-09 September 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to Spring! Such an exciting time to be in the garden as things are waking up from Winter and before the Summer sun reaches the extremes of heat once more. I hope you've enjoyed some glorious weather following the rainy days.

It's that time of year again - it's time to VOTE for us in the Organic Consumers' Choice Awards! The Green Life Soil Co has entered in the category of 'Organic Specialist' - and we'd appreciate your vote. Click on the link here to cast your vote... Voting is open until midnight on 7th October. THANK YOU!

  • Vote for us in the Organic Consumer Choice Awards!
  • Jobs for the September Garden & What to Plant NOW
  • Aphids - How to deal with these pests in your Spring garden
  • VIP special offer, Photo contest winner, and more!

2018-08 August Newsletter

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!

  • What to plant now & Jobs to do in the August garden
  • Stonemeal. What is it and what does it do?
  • VIP special deal
  • Photo competition winner & Retail stockists update

2018-07 July News

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.)

  • What to plant now & Jobs for the July garden
  • Biophilic Cities - we need them!
  • VIP special offer
  • Photo contest winner, Retail outlets & more!

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