“The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses”.
~ Hanna Rion ~
With unsusual colours and velvety texture, Coleus are an old favourite in cottage gardens!
Coleus are a short lived perennial plant that are spectacular to see amongst other garden shrubs, they stand out due to their bright coloured variegated leaves with colours of apple green, to purple, burgundy, pink, red, cream & many more.
Traditionally a shade plant, modern varieties have been cultivated to stand sunnier spots in the garden and seeds or seedlings can be found at most garden stores.
Depending on variety they can grow tall, shrubby or spread and are lovers of a lot of water.
Coleus are grown best with an organic fertiliser like Super Growth in either our liquid or pelletised form to get the best results.
They are quick growing plants and can be easily propagated from cuttings.
Top Tip! If you want to introduce pollinators to your garden leave Coleus plants until they flower, this will encourage the Australian Blue Banded native bee to your garden!
THE SECRET TO A HEALTHY AND LUSH GREEN LAWN WITH STEADY, CONTINUOUS FEEDING IN BOTH SLOW AND QUICK RELEASE FORMS!
Super Grass is a balanced mix of synthetic and organic fertiliser granules with major and trace elements. The poultry manure base builds organic matter, improving the soil and encouraging healthy, even growth throughout your lawn.
Katek Super Grass provides excellent results, in an easy to apply granular form. Just sprinkle some Super Grass around and water it in! Suitable for: All types of natural and hybrid turf and lawns.
Available in 3kg, 12kg buckets and 15 & 25kg bags.
Clay soil is sticky, heavy and more challenging than your regular loamy soil. Clay soils drain slowly so can stay saturated for long periods after rain. When clay dries, it is usually forms a cracked, hard surface.
There are benefits to a clay soil however, which are that it can hold nutrients and moisture better than other types of soil. With a little bit of work, a clay soil can be amended to make it humus rich and fertile.
MYTH: ADDING SAND TO A HEAVY CLAY SOIL WILL FIX IT. THE MAJORITY OF THE TIME, THIS WILL MAKE YOUR GROUND SET LIKE CEMENT.
Clay soils can be rich in nutrients but if you have the soil too alkaline or acidic, the plants won’t be able take advantage of these nutrients. A home test kit is all you need to check whether your pH is neutral – generally between 6.3 and 6.8 is where you need to be. If your soil is too alkaline then the addition of composts, manures or mulch will assist. If it is too acid, then some lime, dolomite or poultry manure will help.
Organic matter is one of the key ingredients in amending a clay soil. Organic matter helps with drainage as well as adding nutrients and improving the soil’s texture. A great source of organic matter is composted chicken manure pellets (Super Booster, Blood & Bone Plus or Super Growth). Aged manure has the benefit of being nutrient dense and rich in organic matter.
TIP: IT IS IMPORTANT TO WAIT UNTIL YOUR CLAY SOIL IS FAIRLY DRY BEFORE WORKING WITH IT SO YOU DON’T DAMAGE THE STRUCTURE OF THE SOIL.
LIQUID CLAY BREAKER
An important step is using a liquid clay breaker like Super Cal, a fast-acting concentrate delivering 100% available calcium. Just 1 litre of Super Cal is more effective than 20kg of Gypsum. The easiest way to apply is using the supplied hose on applicator, spraying liberally over the area that needs to be treated.
WORK THE SOIL AND ADD ORGANIC MATTER
It is important to wait until your clay soil is fairly dry before working with it so you don’t damage the structure of the soil. Then get a garden fork or rotary hoe and rip the soil to de-compact it and let it aerate.
The next step is adding organic matter to the garden bed, working it into the top 4-6 inches of the soil. Organic matter sources can be composted chicken manure products (Super Booster, Blood & Bone Plus or Super Growth). or other forms of compost, green manures, animal manures and aged lawn clippings and leaves. These additions will help with drainage and aeration.
Improving soil can take a while! The combination of using a liquid clay breaker and then regular applications of organic matter will help you to improve the fertility and tilth of your soil over time.
TIP: MULCHING GARDEN BEDS OVER WINTER OR WHENEVER THEY ARE NOT IN USE WILL HELP BUILD ORGANIC MATTER AS THE MULCH BREAKS DOWN WITH THE ADDED BONUS OF MINIMIZING WEED GROWTH.
What to Plant:
Ageratum Alyssum Cleome
Cyclamen Iceland Poppy Linaria
Malope Marigold Pansy
Schizanthus Stock Verbena
Viola Vinca Wallflower
Ageratum Aster Balsam
Celosia Cockscomb Coleus
Gomphrenan Impatiens Marigold
Salvia Sunflower Torenia
Balsam Celosia Coxscomb
Coleus Gomphrena Marigold
Petunia Salvia Sunflower
Vegetables & Herbs:
Asian Greens Broccoli Cauliflower
Garlic Leek Lettuce
Spring Onions Spinach Silverbeet
Capsicum Beetroot Beans
Capsicum Cabbage Lettuce
Silver Beet Sweetcorn Tomato
Broccoli Cauliflower Capsicum
Chillies Cabbage Lettuce
Super Chicken’s Top Tips!
- Don’t forget that indoor plants need feeding too! Give your indoor plants a feed of Katek Neptune Seaweed concentrate and a little Super Booster fertiliser pellets!
- Re-mulch all potted plants and trim back scraggly growth to encourage healthier, more shapely plant structures.
- Try planting a mix of wildflowers or bee & butterfly friendly shrubs in your garden, you’ll encourage more pollination & beneficial insects too!
- Regular deep watering 1-2 times a week during the hotter months is more effective than a little bit every day.