THIS IS ONLY A SAMPLE OF WHAT IS AVAILABLE IN THE NURSERY. If YOU  ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING SPECIAL, CONTACT US AND WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO FIND IT.

Sproutwell Greenhouses now are on sale at Birches of Leura. We are offering the largest range of aluminium polycarbonate and glass greenhouses to suit the needs of hobby gardeners, to semi commercial gardeners. 

Sproutwell Greenhouse is perfect for growing herbs and veggies in winter

 NEW SEASON  ROSES


Position

  • All roses require an open, sunny and well drained position.
  • At least 6hrs of direct sun light over the day is required, preferably more.
  • Avoid planting too close to established shrubs and trees as they will compete for water with your roses
  • DO NOT replant into old soil where roses have been removed. Renew with fresh soil.

 Soil

Roses are adaptable to most soils except sandy soils
They require a good draining soil with a ph of 6.5.

 Planting Instructions
1.  Dig a hole about 30cm wide by 25cm deep with a small mound at the bottom to place the roots in a downward position.

2. Water plant before covering roots with soil, firming down lightly creating a moat. The graft or bud union should be 25mm above the soil level.

3. WATER again thoroughly.

4. Standard Roses should always be securely tied to a sturdy stake (as per diagram).

5. Mulch your roses. This reduce the water requirment as the mulch will retain a lower soil temperature keeping the moisture in, while reduce the weed growth in your garden. A good mulch for roses is sugar cane mulch or pea straw. 

6. Prune the branches to approximately 25cm in length from the graft, just above a good growth-eye (excluding climbers).



 'Heeling in' your roses
1. Select an open space in the garden and dig a large hole. Place bundled roses into hole and cover the roots with soil.

2. Keep well watered until you are able to plant. Ensure your plants will still be planted out into thier spot during the winter dormant season. Planting out after winter may cause plant failure.

 Rose care for newly planted bare root roses

WATER WATER WATER!!

One of the most common reasons that bare root roses do not shoot is due the roots drying out. Make sure that throughout the planting process and for the first year after planting, your roses are receiving sufficient water - that is 10 to 20 litres twice a week.


HELLEBORES

Helleborus x hybridus selections

These are the most adaptable and easiest to grow of all Hellebores.  Tough, drought tolerant once etsblished and very long lived.  Helleborus x hybridus is the botanically correct name for what used to be called ‘Helleborus orientalis’.   Our varieties are just as tough as the old fashioned ones that would have been found in your Grandmother’s garden, but with better flowers.  If you have never grown a Hellebore, start with a few of these.

The Helleborus x hybridus selections listed in this section can vary a little in stature but typically reach about 45cm tall when in flower. When mature they will have a spread of around 60cm.  Their foliage is evergreen and the main flowering period is from July to September, depending on climate and season.  We suggest planting them 45 to 60cm apart.

Our ornamental terracotta from Tuscany are frost resistant

New Shipment from Tuscany due to arrive soon

We have a wide selection of  Herbs and  Spring Vegetable seedlings  in the nursery including

  •   Mint
  •   Parsley
  •    Rocket
  •   Oregano
  •    Cat Grass
  •  Marjoram
  •   Thyme
  • Asparagus purple
  • Spring Onion
  • Rosemary lockwood



  • - Borage
  • - RosemaryPink
  • - Tarragon Mexican
  • - artichokes
  • - lovage
  • -  Chives
  • -Parsley Italian and Curly 
  • Dill

Tomatoes: 

  • Roma
  • Cherry Ripe
  • Rouge de Marmande

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GREEN SMART SELF WATERING POTS

  • Lettuces
  • Brussels sprouts Tasty
  • OniOriental  mix
  • salad rocket

Tip for cool to cold area

Bare rooted fruit and deciduous trees are available in our nursery. This is the cheapest and easiest way to purchase. The stress is less for the tree as it is dormant.  Pick trees with a nice shape, and don’t forget to prune them back before you plant them out   Remember to make sure you have the correct pollinators to ensure a good crop. Some stone fruit trees will not fruit until they have been in the ground for a few years. So be patient.

  • Give Brassica’s a place in your patch, pop in the following: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Plant some sage with these guys as a great, caterpillar and moth-repelling companion!

  • For plants that will settle in over winter, so that when spring comes along, they will go gang busters are: peas, beans, radish, Swedes, turnips and spinach. Oh, and some spring onions would go a treat this month as well.

  • Set aside a bit of space and pop in an artichoke! These are gorgeous additions to the patch, look amazing, and taste pretty good too!

  • Plant some rhubarb crowns. Set aside some space in the patch, and check out out the Rhubarb fact sheet for all the tips and tricks.

  • Add some colour and movement to the patch, and pop in some of these little pretties- dianthus, cornflower, pansy, viola, verbena and lupins. Having these around your veggies will give some interest to the patch, and act as beneficial insect attractors!

  • Top up mulch on your veggie patches, herb gardens and ornamental beds, especially important for weed suppression at this time of year. A hot tip is to mulch after watering the patch, to a depth of about 7cm. Keep mulch clear of plant stems, especially young seedlings. Choose low environmental impact mulch, one that will enrich your soil as it breaks down. Also look for one that has done the lest amount of travel to get to you.

  • Green manure crops, including oats, wheat, faba beans and field peas are good to go now. Improve that nutrient deficient veggie patch, and get ready for next seasons heavy feeding plants!

  • A seaweed tea, or any low environmental impact liquid fertiliser are perfect for the seedlings you’ve just popped in. Apply to the soil early in the morning, and in the concentrations mentioned on the packet.

  • Weeding is still needed at this time of year. Most plant growth has slowed down, so it will not have to happen as often. But it also means that it is also a time of year to try and remove as many competitors as possible before the weather starts warming up again.

  • Water smarter at this time of year. Water first thing in the morning, and instead of quickie irrigation, a nice, deep drink a couple of times a week is far more beneficial! Always check soil moisture before watering, don’t waste your precious drinking water if Mother Nature has already done all the hard work for you!

  • Cold days mean a bit of shed time… why not build yourself a nice blackboard for the shed, to keep track of what has been planted in your patch where and when? This makes crop rotation a load easier, and allows you to keep track of feeding times and dates, what worked, what didn’t and what’s happening in the veggie garden.