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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.
Our CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS are listed below. We're looking forward to a short break to spend time with our families.
Saturday 22nd December OPEN 8.30 - 4pm
Sunday 23rd December OPEN 8.30 - 2pm
Monday 24th December CLOSED
Tuesday 25th December CLOSED
Wednesday 26th December CLOSED
Thursday 27th December CLOSED
Friday 28th December CLOSED
Saturday 29th December OPEN 8.30 - 4pm
Sunday 30th December OPEN 8.30 - 2pm
Monday 31st December OPEN 8.30 - 4pm
Tuesday 1st January CLOSED
Wednesday 2nd January Open 8.30 - 4pm
We'd like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very happy, safe, relaxing Christmas! Hope you get to enjoy some time in your garden ~ see you when we reopen.
Linda & the Team @ The Green Life Soil Co
Here's a recent group shot (although Tommy, Jon & Isaac are missing) ~ we're slightly grimey
NEWSFLASH!!!!! HOT & COLD COMPOST WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY
Haydn Gunningham is looking to run a small group workshop THIS SUNDAY (9.12.18) at his Ocean Reef home.
1 hr Theory + 2 hrs Practical. We shall construct a 2 m³ aerobic, thermophilic (two phase) compost pile during the morning.
In this newsletter:Things to do in the December garden
What to Plant NOW
Last minute Christmas gift ideas for gardeners
Creating shelter in your Summer garden
VIP special offer
Photo competition winner
Retail stockist update
Check out our FREE downloadable planting guides here - we've got one for vegetables, herbs plus our favourite 12 top edible plants for Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter - and more! At this later stage in the season, planting out from seedlings is usually preferable to raising seeds - you're paying more per plant but you're buying time, and crops will be ready to harvest sooner.
Books! We've got the following great reads available:
Insect netting (6m x 3m + 6m x 6m + 6m x 10m)
Vegie grow bags - 25L and 75L
Worm farm kits
Fertilisers (fish, kelp, humic acid, fulvic acid, rock dust, blood & bone)
2019 Moon Planting Calendars (pictured above) are on order & will be available SOON!
GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE - ONLINE (ELECTRONIC) OR IN STORE
While we've had a mild Spring, Summer has now arrived and we know the heat is coming. Each year there's a turning point in the garden when the lush growth of Spring starts to look a little stressed - and while we want resilient gardens that can cope with a bit of stress; we also need to conserve water and do what we can to keep things healthy and productive. There are a number of things we can do:
Soil prep. The effort you've put into your garden beds during the year - improving the soil, adding organic matter & feeding soil microbes and adding minerals like clay & Charlie Charcoal will all pay off now. Plants have their feeder roots in the top layer of soil; and this is where the microbes are too - so making sure this is protected is vital to keep "life" in the soil. If you haven't already done so, incorporate water holding minerals, use a liquid soil wetter (like Eco-Wet or Eco-Hydrate) if you need to, water well then MULCH, MULCH & MULCH! There are many different types of mulch available depending on your budget, and aesthetic ideas. We're happy to give you advice and help you choose.
Microclimate. This involves spending a bit of time in your garden. Observe what conditions are like at various times of the day. Where does the sun reach? Does heat build up on a wall or fence that is reflected back into neighbouring garden beds? Do trees or structures provide shade at any time of the day? Use what's going on in your garden to position plants that will thrive in that space. Move smaller planters & pots into areas where they'll be protected. Work out whether shade structures (permanent or temporary) are required.
Water IN your garden. Having water around your garden - whether a pond, fountain, water feature or birdbath adds ambience and a cooling effect. It also provides a vital water source for birds, insects, lizards, frogs etc. - many of whom help us in our garden by pollinating our crops, or helping keep pest numbers down. So make sure that you check and replenish these water sources regularly. For insects, use a shallow bowl land add some stones or sticks - so that flying creatures have a "landing pad" so they won't drown accessing the water. If you have a pond and are worried about mosquitoes - GLSC carries native fish (Western Pygmy Perch [pictured right] and Western Minnows) that are suitable for frog friendly gardens and LOVE eating mozzie wrigglers. You can grow edible plants in your pond, too! Watercress, Kang Kong, and Water Chestnuts are some of the favourites - we have a range of pond plants available. Pond plants make great shelter for fish and help keep water quality levels up.
WaterING your garden. Check your retic is working, and do any maintenance before the height of summer hits. Efficient watering systems will save you water and money. Specialist retic shops and installation/maintenance companies can help. If you can't DIY, the money it will cost you to hire a professional will be less than the expense of having to replace valuable garden plants and lawns. Watering (whether by hand or automated systems) is recommended in the early morning, so that plants can take up water prior to the heat of the day, and less is lost to evaporation. This also gives the opportunity for leaves to dry out; plants watered overnight may retain more moisture on their foliage, which makes them more susceptible to fungal diseases. Watering directly to the root zone (rather than overhead watering) is also more efficient in most cases. Where possible, drippers should be installed underneath mulch - that way water is getting directly to the soil, and the mulch remains above as an insulating layer. If setting up a new garden - have you considered wicking beds? Check out our guide here.
Shade. We're often asked "what percentage shadecloth is best?" The answer - like most things related to gardening - totally depends on your style and location of garden. If your garden is reasonably protected, and only gets full sun for a part of the day - a lesser percentage is probably fine. Our vegie garden, in the Perth hills (where it's usually a degree or two hotter than Perth) is totally exposed. We trialled 50% and found it to be not enough, so have gone to 70% shadecloth which seems to work very well for us. We recommend white or light coloured shadecloth. Dark colours are more comfortable for us humans; but for plants it tends to change the light spectrum and plants will often grow too leggy. The 30% shadecloth we have in stock ONLY comes in green - but then the weave is more open and would allow more light through anyway; so the growth is less likely to be affected. (Pictured right)
On stinking hot days ANYTHING is better than nothing. Grab old sheets or curtains (op shops are great places to look) and drape them over stakes, directly over your plants, peg them to the fence - anything that will provide some protection. Remember that many of our common garden plants and vegetables originate from mountainous or tropical environments that are quite different to our hot and dry 'edge of the desert' conditions. I reckon if YOU couldn't stand outside all day in the fierce sun - there's a good chance many plants won't thrive either!
Spend $50 or more with us this month and receive a FREE bag of one of our soil blends. Online shoppers - please write "December VIP offer" & specify your 'preferred flavour' in the delivery instructions box.
NOTE: This offer is for GLSC's own bagged soils, concentrates, potting mixes, manure, compost, soil improvers and mulches only - in our standard 25L bags.
(ie. Charlie Charcoal, 60L mulch bags, Multigrow, Lucerne pellets, etc. are not included.)
Valid one per customer, for a single bag. From available stock on hand.
Valid until COB 31.12.18. Please ask for the December 'Merry Christmas' offer!!
Congrats to Helen H. who sent us in this gorgeous photo with the comments:
"We are regular buyers of GLS vege soil and seedlings. Came back after a month away and the garden had gone absolutely nuts. Took an accidental shot of a passing bug as I was aiming at the roses."
Helen wins a $50 voucher to spend with us. You've got to be in it to win it! Send in your photos via our Facebook page or via email (subject "photo competition") with a short description. It's that easy ~ so why not have a go?
Please support the local & independent businesses who support us. You'll find great advice and friendly service close to home!
(Please note - the range of products available will vary from store to store so it's always best to check with them for what you're looking for. If it's something they don't usually carry they would most likely be happy to add it to their next order.)
Beaufort Garden World - Inglewood 9271 0585
Dunn + Walton - Doubleview 92427711
Garden Elegance - Subiaco 9381 2197
Guildford Town Garden Centre - Guildford 9279 8645
Nibali Stockfeed - Hamilton Hill 9433 2211
Stanbee Stockfeeds - Barragup 9581 2390
Thrive Sustainability - Lower Chittering 0408 157 301
Waldecks Bentley - Bentley 9458 5944
Waldecks Melville - Melville 9330 6970
Waldecks Kingsley - 9309 5088
Waldecks Stirling - 9254 6730
Wandilla Nursery - Wattle Grove 9453 9779
Zanthorrea Nursery - Maida Vale 9454 6260
Busselton - U scape Garden Centre 9751 3995
Geraldton - Succulent Kiss 0488 374 444
Leschenault - Fancy Plants Nursery 0428 844 597
(and check out Deb's stall at the Bunbury markets - pictured here!)
Margaret River - Landmark 9758 7677
Thanks again for reading & see you all in the New Year!