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DIY Advice Image - The Garden Diaries: VIC in July. G Drive blob storage upload.
The air is crisp, clear and invigorating, so what better time to be gardening in Victoria than July. It's a fantastic time to get out into the garden and there's plenty to do.

 

Plant of the month: fruit trees

It's the best time to plant deciduous fruit trees. Cherries, apricots, nectarines and apples are available now in-store. These varieties grow well in cooler climates like Victoria's and are available in smaller growing dwarf trees as well.

Plant fruit trees in a sunny spot. Always dig a hole that's one and a half to two times larger than the roots. Add plenty of compost in the hole and surrounds at planting time. Create a small mound at the bottom of the hole. Water well and then place the plant in the hole. Spread out the roots. It's a good idea to stake your tree for support and protection against the wind.

What else to plant

It's also time to plant vegies such as kale, cabbage, peas, lettuce and beetroot. Plant beetroot as seedlings, as they transplant well, or seed. If you're planting seed, then soak overnight for better germination results.

Give yourself something bright to look at on a drab winter day and add some potted colour to your yard. Polyanthus and pansies are in full bloom now. They come in a range of colours and look great in the garden or as a pop of colour in a pot.

Young pots lettuce, kale and pea sitting side on top of a bag of sugar mulch

Harvest

There's also plenty to pick. Harvest cabbages when they're ready, pull leeks and pick kale, Brussel sprouts and broccoli. Pull parsnips, carrots and beets. These are best picked before they get too woody.

Harvest of vegetables including broccoli, lettuce, carrots and leeks

Maintenance

While they're still dormant, it's a great time to prune deciduous fruit trees. Prune to shape and to let in light in the tree's centre. Pruning also encourages growth.

Keep on top of weeds. They pull easily when the soil is moist and it's great exercise as well.

Another job to do now is mulch around the garden. Lucerne or pea straw are both excellent choices. They break down and build up the soil and help breed beneficial microorganisms. Adding mulch helps retain moisture, protects the soil over winter and also helps prevent weed growth. It's always good so spread mulch to about 5-7cm thickness, so that it blankets the soil, but allows some moisture to penetrate.

Bunnings team member using secateurs to trim branches

Our Perfect Plant Promise

Remember the Perfect Plant Promise. All our plants (except seedlings) are guaranteed for 12 months. If you're not 100 percent happy, return your plant (with the receipt or tax invoice) and we'll refund it.

Start planting today

Check out the wide range of plants available at your local Bunnings Warehouse and bring your garden to life.

 

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