As temperatures plummet and the nights draw in quicker, it can only mean one thing. Autumn is here well and truly and so is nature’s planting time as the soils are warm and moist! Plants have the winter to settle their roots into the soil ready to flourish in spring, so there’s plenty of options to plant in April.
April is an ideal time to plant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, beetroot, spinach and Chinese cabbages. Plant lettuce early autumn and you can get a good harvest from most lettuce varieties. Sow seeds for your winter crops like carrots, swedes, turnips and radish. Tomatoes, capsicums and chillies will also be coming to an end in cooler parts of the country.
Ok so now with all the “what to plant tips” have been written I thought I would mention just one product of mine that is especially relevant and important at this time of year. Humate! This wonder product can be applied at any time of year but is particularly beneficial in autumn and spring. Feeding the soil with really important microbes can make all the difference between an average garden and a fantastic one! And what’s more it comes in liquids as well . The microbial life in soil can never be underestimated – for example, microbes keep nature clean by helping break down dead plants and animals into organic matter as well as recycling soil nutrients. Humates feed these microbes giving them sustenance to do their job. Humates, being up to 20x more potent than
regular compost provide the carbohydrate that microbes feed on and our humate being high quality a little goes a long way!
An idea with Dave’s organic liquid humate is that it can be used as a foliar feed and a soil drench as well. Using a watering can is by far the most practical way to use our liquids – firstly you can dip the plants roots into it prior to planting then when that’s all done pour the remained over the foliage giving it a soil drench at same time.
With the soil maintaining its summer warmth and the more frequent rainfall, your lawn is busy absorbing energy, moisture and all the nutrients it needs to get it through the coldest part of the year. Dave’s organic liquid humate is ideal for use on those newly sowed lawns – either spray it on or use in a watering can – most people’s favourite way of using it. Give your lawn a bit of love now, and you’ll be sure to get a lot of love back by spring!