Seasonal Gardening Tips

Winter is planting time for roses, fruit trees, ornamental trees, rhubarb, asparagus crowns and so much more.

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Each change of season will always bring new arrivals in the garden centre and winter time is no exception.  Winter is a great time to plant new seasons roses, ornamental trees and fruit trees, with many of these varieties only being available in winter.  Do you have empty vegetable beds? You could also plant a green manure crop in your empty beds to dig in once grown to help create a nutrient rich soil.

What To Plant Now

You can plant broad bean seeds - We stock Aquadulce Claudia, Early Long Pod and Coles Dwarf, bulk packets of some varieties are available.  Seed potatoes can be planted now (subject to where you live) but would highly recommend you purchase now to ensure you don't miss out on stock.  Now is the time to plant rhubarb crowns, asparagus crowns, strawberry runners, garlic bulbs and English spinach.
Some of our winter lines have not arrived yet so to check availability please phone
  6343 2333.
Please note this is a guide for planting and not a confirmation of current stock, for a more comprehensive list please chat to one of our friendly staff members.

Add A Splash Of Colour To Your Garden This Winter

Potted Colour always available and in flower adding instant colour to your garden.
We have pansies, primulas, stocks and polyanthus in flower ready to add that instant dash of colour to your garden.
 (Please check current availability as stock can change quickly)
We have a huge selection of flower seedlings for you to choose from and if we don't have it in store, please inquire as we may be able to source it for you. 


New seasons roses usually arrive in the winter months and this is the best time of year to plant them. When selecting a spot to plant your rose choose a sunny, well drained position. Roses grow and flower best if they receive up to 6 hours sun a day.

Dig a hole that is big enough to take the roots of your rose, 30cm x 30cm is usually big enough, create a small mound at the bottom of the hole and spread roots downwards over the mound, cover with soil and water in well. Always ensure that the bud union or graft is about 2cm above the ground. Roses benefit from mulch and lucerne is a fantastic mulch to use around roses. Do not plant your roses close to other trees as they don't do well in situations where they have to compete with other plants. Choose a position where they will get air flow but not strong winds as this can damage the flowers.

DO NOT USE fertiliser at planting time as this may BURN THE ROOTS of your rose. An application of Blood & Bone and well rotted cow manure can be beneficial 3 months after planting and can be used in preparing your rose beds.

We use and recommend Triforte slow release fertiliser for Roses, Azaleas and Camellias. Australian Made, 6mth slow release, mineral enriched, river and reef safe, will not burn your plants, increases resistance to disease and drought.

It is always a good idea to find a new spot for a rose bush rather than planting it where roses have been planted in the past. Sometimes when you plant in the same spot you can run the risk of soil-borne nematodes affecting your newly planted rose. If you really want to use the same spot add lots of well composted manure and remove the old soil.

An important tip to remember is that roses are VERY SENSITIVE TO HERBICIDE SPRAY!!! So never use glyphosate near or around your roses..

Happy gardening from the Team at the Log Cabin Garden Centre.


The best time to plant potatoes is in late August if you are in a frosty area, but get the potatoes now, as they may not be available then. Always purchase certified seed potatoes to prevent the spread of disease. With a sharp knife, cut the potatoes into quarters and allow to dry. Dig a small trench approximately 30cm deep in a well-manured garden bed, and cover the potatoes with soil. Keep the ground damp and water on a regular schedule for uniform growth. You can harvest young potatoes in 7 - 8 weeks after planting (when flowers first appear). Take a few without pulling the stems out, leaving some to mature to full size. When the tops wither, then it's time to harvest.
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