May 28th, 2018 | by chilli
Growing your own vegetables can be very fun and rewarding! We are lucky to live in South East Queensland where we can grow vegetables all year round and have so many options about what to plant. There is no better meal than the one when you have grown the ingredients yourself so we have put together 7 of our favourite vegetables to plant in June. Why not get started this weekend? There’s no better time to head to your local garden centre and get planting!
Carrots are an excellent vegetable to grow, they can be used to boost every meal from salads to Bolognese. They grow best in full sunlight and can even grow in pots or planters if you’ve run out of room in your veggie patch!
By planting some well-established seedlings in early June your broccoli will have all winter to develop, it will take up to 12 weeks before heads begin to show. It needs good drainage and plenty of sunlight, although late maturing varieties may prefer some shade to protect them from sudden heat in late spring.
3. Broad Beans
Hardy, frost tolerant vegetables with pretty flowers before they produce. Broad beans can be picked straight from the garden and taste delicious, young beans are sweet, tender and succulent.
The satisfaction of adding your own home-grown lettuce to salads far exceeds store bought lettuce. No need to store – just pick from the garden and serve! Most lettuce varieties should be able to withstand a light frost so can be grown all winter long.
Cucumbers grow excellently when sown directly into the soil in early June. There are lots of varieties to choose from, your local garden centre will advice you of the best for your garden. A perfect addition to those winter salads!
Spinach is a great crop for beginners as it doesn’t require fertilising and can be planted can be planted nearly all year round. Once picked, spinach leaves can be enjoyed wilted in Omelettes and Stir Fry’s or raw in a salad making it an excellent addition to your garden!
7. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes are a very hardy crop so it is difficult to get it wrong – great for the amateur gardener. It can take up to 4 months but well worth the wait for such a versatile veg!
Here at Go Turf we love making sure your garden is tip top. Keep an eye on our blog for regular posts on gardening tips including seasonal lawn issues, adding value through landscaping and more. We want to help you make sure your lawn is impeccable and green all year round. We are not only the largest turf suppliers on the Sunshine Coast, we are also experienced green thumbs, just looking to help!Our main turf lines are Wintergreen Couch, Palmetto Buffalo, Empire Turf and Sapphire Buffalo. We have found that these varieties are the best for Queensland’s weather and cater for all budget’s and lawn needs. We pride ourselves on growing and delivering fantastic grass suited for South East Queensland conditions, at an economical price ensuring our clients receive nothing less than fuss free awesome service! Simply contact our helpful team to discuss your turf and fertilising needs.
May 10th, 2018 | by chilli
With winter truly setting in and the days becoming shorter and cooler, it is important we make the most of the daylight hours by spending time outdoors. With it getting dark straight after work Queenslanders spend a lot more time indoors, especially in comparison with the rest of the year, potentially exacerbating the problem.
The term “Nature Deficit Disorder” has been around since 2005, but the phenomenon has only recently started to make headlines. The term refers to a trend towards an increased alienation from the natural world, brought about by our increasing dependency on electronic devices and a loss of natural surroundings. Specifically, it is the costs of such an alienation that is sparking concerns. While not a medically recognised disorder as such, the term is beginning to gain some prominence, with Dr Ross Cameron of the department of landscapes at Sheffield University recently addressing The Royal Horticultural Society on the subject. “As biological beings, we are physiologically adapted to be in certain environments – to run, to play, to hunt, to be active basically,” says Dr Cameron.
Here at Go Turf, we know it can be much easier to spend evenings on the couch than getting out into the garden or having a long walk in the evening but the ramifications of a sedentary lifestyle are being felt all over the world. As we, and in particular our children, spend more time indoors under artificial lights plugged into our electronic landscape, our lack of affinity with our natural surroundings has the potential to bring about low mood and a reduced attention span.
What can you do to address the imbalance that winter might bring?
The Royal Horticultural Society in the UK has the following recommendations for reconnecting with nature:
▪ Any green environment – from your lushes lawn to potted plants around the garden provide green space that attracts wildlife and exposes people to the benefits of the natural world.
▪ Some green plants are better than others – check out our blog on the most air purifying Aussie plants.
In conjunction with the above recommendations, wildflowers offer a low-maintenance, high-return option for enhancing your green environment. Whether it be a full meadow or a splash of colour within an urban landscape setting, wildflowers are easily adapted to a myriad of landscapes and also offer the added advantage of providing a bio-diverse habitat for birds, bees and other species. Check out our blog for more tips and trick on improving your green space!