Garden Hoses: New Hoses on the Market
Hoses don’t last forever, and when they start to show signs of wear, you may find yourself getting frustrated every time the hose kinks and stops the flow of water.
So what’s new in hoses if you need an update?
Some are made of vinyl, some are made of rubber, some have reinforcement, some are expanding, and others advertise as being kink free and even made of steel
Which one do you choose?
Let’s find out.
I'm talking with Tony Mattson, general manager of www.cutabovetools.com.au
- You want it to last a minimum of 5 to 10 years
- Check the distance from the hose to the furthest point you want to water. Longer is not better because it's heavy to move around.
- Consider how long should you have a hose. Tony says most people overestimate how much hose length that they need.
- The diameter is 1/2 inch or 12.5mm. A nursery would traditionally use a 19mm diameter hose.
- When you first get a hose, lay it out in the sun to straighten it out.
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Have some or no idea?
It may just jog your memory to remind you to get started on one or two veggies that you had forgotten about.
- In temperate areas the soil is still pretty cold.
- There’s no rush to get summer crops in the ground.
Be prepared to protect them on cold nights, and plant seedlings out in the open when the risk of frost has passed.
- The kind of veg you can grow in September is "shoulder" season stuff like spinach, peas, turnips, kale, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, Asian greens, mustard, silverbeet, carrots, beetroot and radishes.
- Depending on where you are, you could also grow beans, rosella, eggplant, sweetcorn, sweet potato and zucchini.
- It’s also a good time to plant herbs such as coriander, dill, mint, rosemary, thyme and parsley, and perennials such as rhubarb and globe artichokes.
- And of course spring onions.They're the easiest onions to grow and are
absolutely made for planting in September!
- Hold off on capsicums, eggplants, and cucurbits like watermelons, cucumbers and pumpkins until next month.
- The herbs you could sow are pretty much all types of herbs.
- Watch out for fruit fly and control spray lawn weeds.
- You could also get in a fresh sowing of sweetcorn, basil and okra, along with perennials such as sweet potato, yam, taro, cape gooseberry, lemongrass and passionfruit.
- These all need warm soil to germinate, and tend to grow well in the spring dry season with extra watering if needed.
- It’s also a great time to plant citrus trees, guavas and other subtropical fruiting evergreens.
- The herbs you could sow or plant are basil, chives, coriander, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, sage and thyme.
- In the tropics, it’s a good time to get in a fresh sowing of sweetcorn, basil and okra, along with perennials such as sweet potato, yam, taro, cape gooseberry, lemongrass and passionfruit.
- Sow broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, beetroot, cucumber, leek, endive, lettuce, silver beet, snow pea, spinach, strawberry, sweet corn, zucchini and tomato.
- Traditionally, you don't plant your tomatoes in Tasmania until late October, but you can make an early start and hopefully get fruit by Christmas - if you give your plants a bit of protection."
- "Don't use high-nitrogen fertilisers with tomatoes or you'll get lots of leaves and less fruit. Use compost and lower-nitrogen manures like sheep or cow.
- HERBS – sow basil, chives, coriander, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, sage and thyme.
If you are limited by space and are planting in pots, make sure you choose the sunniest part of your balcony or courtyard.
- By also adding two handfuls of dolomite every square metre, you’ll prevent blossom end rot happening in tomatoes and will also add essential calcium to the soil.
- Dig compost into the garden beds four weeks before planting any seedlings.
- But that’s OK, because you can start your veggies off in punnets or trays first and they should be ready to plant out by then.
There’s a few available so just pick one that suits your area.
THAT WAS YOUR VEGETABLE HERO FOR TODAY