March 18 - 24, 2018: Issue 352

Autumn Plantings for Winter Harvests

John Brothers Mitre 10 are hosting a Mighty Helpful Information Night in a few weeks, for Tradies, on Wednesday April 4th at Newport Community centre, details below. Their Trade Centre at Mona vale is easily the best stocked all you need one stop outlet for Tradies - and with trained staff on hand to help with all your needs, or get it in pronto should you require an item not available, stop in at their Mona Vale store and save yourself time, energy and money.

The Paintback Collection event is just one in an annual series of events Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 hosts each year focused on community. Keep up to date by subscribing to their email information on events and specials coming up this year: (Subscribe is at base of this landing page)

Paintback Collection Event: Johnson Bros Mitre 10 Mona Vale

Saturday, April 7 at 8 AM - 4 PM
73 Bassett St, Mona Vale

The problem of unwanted paint & packaging has been solved. 
Trade painters and householders are invited to dispose of unwanted paint and packaging responsibly at the following collection event. 

Mona Vale Collection Event
Date: April 7, 2018
Time: 8am to 4pm
Location: Johnson Bros Mitre 10, 73 Bassett Street Mona Vale, NSW 2103
Drop off is FREE

For more info on Paintback go to

Paintback accepts up to 100 litres per visit, secured in containers of 20 litres or less.

Autumn Planting For Winter Harvests

Cooling weather tempts you into the garden to enjoy balmy mornings with refreshing breezes.

Autumn 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.

There are a few reasons why radish is a great choice for growing this Autumn. Radishes prefer cooler weather, will grow easily in small spaces, are ready to harvest particularly quickly (no one likes delayed gratification!), and require very little maintenance. Not only this but due to their short growing period weeding is rarely an issue, and few diseases take hold. Remember the whole radish plant can be used: both the peppery roots and the full flavoured tops - they can both go in your salad.

Chard - Perpetual Spinach
An heirloom variety of chard that goes by the name Perpetual Spinach or Leaf Beet is a great boon for your garden now. These large leaves are a more flavourful option and as you can harvest the outer leaves a constant supply will be yours; a good source of vitamin rich spinach throughout Winter without the supermarket price tag - brilliant. 
For those who like something classic, try English spinach - this will grow throughout winter too and will freeze if you find you have a real suburban harvest appearing.
Spinach loves a sweet soil, so the addition of dolomite lime sprinkled on top of the soil will prepare it for planting the seed.

Beetroots freshly pulled from the garden are a great complement to a salad, but they can be put to equally good use in comforting baked dishes. An added benefit of planting beets is that you can harvest some of the leaves for an added source of greens. Use them in the way you might use silverbeet - lightly stir fried or in a risotto.

VEGETABLE PLANT RANGE: $2.75 each - 75mm pot.

Parsley is a good choices for those with only a little space. Little pots of parsley where possums can't get them are a great source of sprigs of freshness year round. They can also, for those who like garlic, take away that garlic breath - just chew a raw sprig.  If this plant is well looked after it can weather the Winter and can provide harvests for a few seasons - for a few years even. If yours starts to look bedraggled, let it go to seed and then start again!
You can also plant, right now, coriander, garlic bulbs, marjoram, oregano, parsley, thyme and winter tarragon. Yum - your rissoles, spag bolg. and stews are going to be spectacular!

TOP TASTE HERB PLANTS: $4.00 - 100mm pot.

Ideal for vegetables, flower gardens & fruit trees.

Includes Seasol, controlled release fertiliser & a soil wetter.

24 x 11 x 13cm. Terracotta.

Spring Onions
Spring onions are one of the few vegetables that successfully be sown the year-round in Sydney. If you don't have the patience for watching them sprout from seed try holding on to those roots when you buy a bunch and plant those - yes' they will sprout again!

For glorious winter soups
Now is the time of year to grow cauliflower, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables. Growing your regular garden-variety breeds is always a popular choice but there are other options. Heirloom varieties are all the rage, for some of us they never went out of fashion, although they are expensive to buy or hard to find in your local supermarket. Solution; grow your own and have a unique supply of vegetables straight from your garden! 

Why sit in traffic or be witness to a supermarket carpark duel when you can be outside strolling in your own little plot of green dreaming up what you will make with these dew-wet never fresher vegetables.

Also try
Broad beans are one of the easiest veggie crops to grow. 
Podding peas is great fun for kids. 
Green beans are fast producers

Lawn Care
Autumn is also a great time to give a little TLC to your lawn. Feeding with some fertiliser is recommended before the soil starts to cool off, sprinkling seed into lawn that's patchy, and aearting by using a fork or have a walk around with spiked sandals will get some growth happening in areas that have become compacted during summer.

Fast germinating economical blend.                                                No surge growth reduces mowing. Suitable for all lawns.
Sows 35m² of new lawn or over sows 70m².

POPE 15M ALL SEASONS FITTED GARDEN HOSE:$29.00                         POPE 15M MIGHTY TOUGH HOSE: $44.00
Also available - 30m: $49.00                                                                                     Also available, 30m: $79.00
12mm x 15m. Perma fit connectors.                                                                         High quality.  8 Kink resistance.

Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 New Store
73 Bassett Street
Mona Vale - Online Store: Jbhmv.Com.Au

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You should also consider any safety precautions that may be necessary when undertaking the work described in this publication (including wearing any necessary safety equipment such as safety glasses, goggles or ear protectors or hard hats). The information and tips in this publication are provided on the basis that Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 and Pittwater Online News excludes all liability for any loss or damage which is suffered or incurred (including, but not limited to, indirect and consequential loss or damage and whether or not such loss or damage could have been foreseen) for any personal injury or damage to property whatsoever resulting from the use of the information and tips in this publication. 

Pittwater Online News and Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 also advises there may be laws, regulations or by-laws with which you must comply when undertaking the work described in this publication. You should obtain all necessary permissions and permits from council and/or any other relevant statutory body or authority before carrying out any work. Major projects published in this publication always list these and/orlinks to where you may research what your own project requires to meet regulations.

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