Children’s parties provide magical memories for the whole family and the garden is the perfect place to create a fun and festive party setting. Ben and Sarah have two young children and want to make their garden a secure and inspiring place to play. Charlie and Juliet create a breakfast area especially designed so Ben and Sarah can watch the kids play, along with a vegie patch to inspire the kids to get involved in the garden too. In the episode, the kids help plant their own seeds and spell out their initials in radishes in the vegie patch. To launch their new garden, the family hosts a carnival themed kids’ dress-up party complete with a treasure hunt around their new garden.
Tips on getting the most out of your vegie patch
• Plant your vegie patch in an area that receives a lot of sunlight – at least 6 hours a day.
• Prepare the garden bed by mixing improved soil with the old, then mix in some Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food to add organic goodness.
• Blend in some Yates Blood & Bone Professional with Potash into the top of the soil to improve soil health and slowly release nutrients.
• Plant seeds or seedlings into damp soil and keep moist whilst they’re germinating.
• Water the seeds or seedlings immediately with Yates Nature’s Way Seaweed Booster.
• Don’t let them dry out but, on the other hand, don’t water them too much!
• To protect against pests, use Blitzem Snail & Slug pellets.
• Control leaf-eating grubs with Yates Nature’s Way Caterpillar Killer Dipel as it has no withholding period (which means you can wash and eat your herbs and vegies straight away!).
• Feed every couple of weeks with Yates Thrive All Purpose Soluble plant food for rapid growth and remember to remove crowded seedlings so that the plants have room to grow.
• Make sure you fence off the area to protect vegies from animals .
• Don’t be scared to experiment with a wide range or vegies. Kids love carrots, sweet corn, crunchy fresh beans, snow peas and many more! Select your favourite vegies and learn how best to care for them as they grow.
Clearing and weeding
• Clearing and weeding is the first thing to do when making over your garden. Get your friends and family round to help out with a large space, and get stuck in!
• For easy weeding of large spaces use Yates Zero Glyphosate Weedspray Big Gun. This weedkiller is in bulk packaging with a high quality trigger to make weeding easy.
• Continuous weeding will ensure your garden will be kept weed free and well maintained all year round. For fast weeding use Yates Zero Rapid Weedkiller. It works twice as quickly as the original Zero formulation, killing the weeds twice as fast, right down to the roots.
• Zero Glyphosate doesn’t leave and residues in the soil so you can plnat once weeds have died. Keep the kids (and pets) away until the spray has dried. After that, they can go back out into the garden.
Tips and tricks to get the most out of your plant bed:
Spring is the perfect time to bed in new plants for the warmer season. Here are some tips on how to make the most of a new plant bed:
• Aerate the soil to help de-compact it.
• When placing plants into the ground, dig a hole twice as wide as the pot and just as deep which will help the roots to grow into the surrounding soil and give the plant stability.
• Place the plant in the hole and firm the soil around it.
• Drench the area with water and seaweed booster to help the roots grow into the surrounding soil.
• When the planting is done, layer with mulch to help keep weeds at bay and use Yates Nature’s Way Fish Emulsion to aid fruit and flower growth.
• Some plants are prone to certain pests and diseases so, if you planted ;
o palms, watch out for scale and use Confidor as a preventative measure.
o citrus, watch out for citrus leaf miner and scale and treat with PestOil.
o ornamentals, watch out for aphids, and other sucking pests. Use Yates Nature’s Way Natrasoap RTU gun. The great thing about Natrasoap is, if you use it on your vegies, you can wash and eat straight away!
Tips on moving plants around
Plants don’t have to be kept in the same spot year after year. Don’t be afraid to dig them up and plant them elsewhere in the garden so they can be enjoyed from a different angle. Follow these tips and tricks to make sure you replant your shrubs in the safest and kindest way possible.
• Choose and prepare your new planting spot before you start. Dig and soften the soil and mix in som Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food pellets.
• Spray the plant with Yates DroughtShield. This helps prevent water loss from the leaves.
• Gently dig out the entire root ball and remove the plant from the ground.
• In your new space for the plant, make sure you dig and soften the sides of the planting hole.
• Try to replant or transplant during the cooler months and do it quickly to ensure the roots don’t dry out.
• Uprooting plants can be stressful so make sure they are replanted with plenty of organic fertiliser, such as Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food and watered in with Yates Nature’s Way Seaweed Booster to help the plant roots grow out into the surrounding soil.
Maintaining your lawn
Lawns can see a lot of action, especially if you’re hosting a children’s party. To keep your lawn looking luscious, once the party is over, fork the area in order to help aerate the soil and use Yates Dynamic Lifter Advanced for lawns to give the lawn a helping hand after it’s seen some high impact.
Caring for Canna Lilies
Canna Lilies are one of the most popular plants around at the moment and will inject a wave of colour into your backyard. They’re great in sunny spots. Always plant into moist and organically-rich soil, the top with mulch to keep the weeds at bay. If your canna leaves start to show signs of rust, infected leaves need to be removed immediately . Rust is a disease that may spread onto healthy plants so don’t place any infected leaves in your compost heap. Make sure you cut them at the base of the stem and discard the leaves away from other plants in the bin. To help prevent rust from spoiling your cannas, Yates Rose Gun Advanced regularly.
Planting Your Kids’ Names in Radish Seeds
A great way to introduce kids to the garden is to plant radish seeds in a pot in the shape of their name. As radish seeds don’t take long to germinate, your kids will get to experience the results of gardening quickly.
• Take two large trough-shaped pots such as Yates Tuscan Edge pots.
• Always use a quality potting mix such as Yates Premium Potting Mix which has added soil wetters, water-storing crystals and organic fertiliser. Remember to look for the Red
StandardsMarks on your potting mix bag - it’s your guarantee of quality.
• Draw shallow lines in the top of the soil and drop the seeds in. In the show, the children planted the radish seeds in the shape of their names.
• Lightly cover the seeds with soil and gently pat down.
• Water in well with Yates Nature’s Way Seaweed Booster to promote healthy seedling growth.
Hosting an outdoor kids’ party
Whether it’s a dragon’s lair or a fairy castle, every kid’s’ party needs a theme. Turn your outside space into an instant party setting and birthday wonderland by hanging decorations, candles and balloons throughout your backyard. Below are a few more hints and tips on hosting a great kids’ party:
• Pick a theme that your kids will enjoy – whether it’s dragon’s lair, fairy castle or Harry Potter.
• Decorations – hang decorations of your chosen theme along with balloons to dress the area and turn it into an instant party setting.
• Food – why not get the children to help make their favourite pizza using herbs and vegies grown in the garden? Get extra creative by asking them to make faces and drawings on the pizza base.
• Games – games are the most important part of a children’s party. Time-honoured favourites such as pin the tail on the donkey and a good old-fashioned treasure hunt are best!