Winter can be a hard time for plants, especially in cold areas. And even in the warmer parts, plants can find the winter months hard going. Growth slows right down and problems become more evident when a plant’s in its cold- weakened state. Gardening in different climates. All around Australia, there are lots of things to keep you wonderfully busy during winter.

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In cool climates it's time to:

  • Apply a layer of Yates Gnat Barrier granules over the potting mix of indoor plants. These abrasive granules act a physical barrier to deter the adult female fungus gnat from laying her eggs in the potting mix. This helps break the fungus gnat life cycle and stop those annoying tiny black insects from flying around your house.
  • Feed spring flowering bulbs each week with Yates Thrive Flower & Fruit Soluble Fertiliser. It's a complete fertiliser to encourage healthy bulb growth. It's also rich in potassium, the nutrient that promotes flowering, and builds up the bulb's energy for next year's fabulous flower show.
  • Sow a green manure crop in a bare vegie bed. Spread Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser over the bed, top with handfuls of mixed wild bird seed and then rake it all into the soil surface. Keep the soil moist while the seedlings germinate and establish. When there's lots of lush green growth, dig all the plants back into the soil and cover with a layer of sugar cane or lucerne mulch. Over a few weeks, the green manure crop will break down and enrich the soil with lots of lovely organic matter, so it's ready for planting in spring.
  • At the end of winter, spread some Yates Thrive Natural Roses & Flowers Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food around the root zone of spring flowering shrubs.

In temperate climates it's time to:

  • Control weeds that have sprung up in the garden, before they have a chance to set seed and spread, with Yates Nature's Way Organic Weed Killer. Based on clove oil, it provides fast acting control of weeds and grasses and is approved for use in organic gardening.
  • Feed orchids with Yates Thrive Plant Food Spikes - Orchids during their busy flowering season. It's as easy as pushing a spike into the potting mix, midway between the pot edge and the stem, every 2 months.
  • Towards the end of winter, get a spring vegie head start by sowing seeds of tomatoes into punnets or trays and placing them on a sunny windowsill. Seedlings will be ready for planting once the chance of frost has passed.
  • Continue vigilance for rats and mice, which seek shelter and food indoors during cool weather. Ratsak Clean Kill Mouse Traps are a no-see, no touch solution for catching and killing mice and Ratsak Pre-Baited Rat Traps make rat control simple.

In sub-tropical climates it's time to:


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