Winter in the garden - July
July is still a great time to be planting winter veges including leafy greens, onions and brassicas. In the fruit garden it's all about planting new season fruit trees and the Kiwi favourite of strawberries. To liven up your garden add some beautiful winter blooms.
Check which winter greens are suitable to plant in your region, along with tasty herbs for a flavour punch to winter meals. It's also time to start thinking about spuds and which varieties you'll be planting in the coming months.
Mid winter showcases a number of flowering shrubs that offer respite from the cold. Many fragrant flowers like Daphne, viburnum, winter sweet and witch hazel are in bloom this month. Plant up pots, containers and hanging baskets with potted colour to brighten up the garden.
In the fruit garden it’s all about planting new season fruit trees, strawberries, harvesting citrus and pruning.
Harvest time is from seedling planting to harvest. For seeds, depending on variety, it will take an extra 6-8 weeks from germination to planting.
Our handy calendar showing you when to plant veges, fruit and flowers in your region, including harvest dates.
The Auckland Vegetable Gardener's DiaryChange region
Asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, garlic, kale, lettuce, mesclun, onion, parsley, parsnip, peas, radish, rhubarb, rocket, silverbeet, spinach.
Bok choi, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, celery, kale, lettuce, mesclun, onions, parsley, parsnip, peas, potatoes, radish, rhubarb, rocket, silverbeet, spinach.
- Asparagus - lift and divide overcrowded asparagus beds and plant out new crowns.
- Potatoes - start sprouting new season seed potatoes ready for planting in August. Always choose certified seed potatoes, such as Tui Certified Seed Potatoes as they are are certified to ensure they are true to type and will grow a healthy crop.
- Broad beans - stake or support plants as they grow.
- Lay Tui Quash slug & snail control stop these pests munching on your plants.
- Blend Tui Vegetable Food into garden beds prior to planting garlic and shallots.
- Keep your garden weed free by weeding around your crops at least once a week. Add a layer of Tui Pea Straw Mulch to help suppress weeds.
The Auckland Fruit Gardener's DiaryChange region
Apple, pear, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, feijoa, cranberry, Chilean guava.
Citrus - lemons, limes, mandarins, grapefruit, oranges, feijoas, tamarillo, cumquat.
- Prepare beds by working soil over with a fork, blend in sheep pellets, a layer of Tui Strawberry Mix and Tui Strawberry Food prior to planting.
- Spray deciduous fruits trees with a winter clean up spray (Lime Sulphur) to remove any lingering pests and diseases.
- Stake all young fruit trees to enable to roots to anchor themselves into the soil for the first few seasons.
- Prune grapes, apples, pears and apricots.
- Avoid pruning peaches and plums in winter because it can spread the silver leaf virus. These fruits should be pruned in summer to limit its spread.
The Auckland Flower Gardener's DiaryChange region
Roses, Daphne, lily, gladiolus, cyclamen, forget-me-nots, calendula, polyanthus, flowering kale, poppy, primula, viola, pansy, snapdragon, sweet William, alyssum.
Winter sweet, camellias, viburnum, wallflowers, winter roses, hellebores, dianthus, leucadendrons, violets, Daphne, iberis, snapdragons, kowhai, flowering kale, japonica.
- Blend in a layer of Tui Sheep Pellets to spring flower beds and allow to settle in for a month or so prior to planting.
- Apply Tui Bulb Food to existing bulbs plantings
- Apply a side dressing of Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser to pots and planters.
- Slugs and snails are the main problem, they will munch through tender shoots and leaves of newly planted flowers. Lay Tui Quash slug and snail control to control these pests, or get the kids to go on a ‘snail hunt’ for fun.
- Prune and then spray roses with a suitable rose spray to combat insects and diseases.
- Remove all prunings and foliage from under the plants.
- Keep on top of weeds to prevent major problems with them in spring. Remove weeds from empty garden beds as soon as anything appears. A thick layer of mulch will help suppress weeds.