6 12, 2016

Your friendly neighbourhood tomato growing guide: Step 3. Staking and Pruning

By | December 6th, 2016|Nursery, Nursery Advice|0 Comments

By now you are probably thinking about how to support your rapidly growing tomato plants. The determinate or ‘bush’ types will stay a bit smaller but still might need a short take to lean on. If you have chosen indeterminate varieties these will keep growing and growing until you think they can grow [...]

20 10, 2016

Your friendly neighbourhood tomato growing guide: Step 2. Seed sowing and transplanting seedlings

By | October 20th, 2016|Nursery, Nursery Advice|0 Comments

We’ve had a bit of a cool start to spring so it’s not too late to start your tomatoes from seed if you haven’t already, and this is definitely the way to get more bang for your buck! When choosing which seeds to buy try to stick to ‘heirloom’ or ‘open-pollinated’ varieties rather than [...]

11 10, 2016

Your friendly neighbourhood tomato growing guide: Step 1. Choosing the right tomato for you

By | October 11th, 2016|Nursery Advice, Uncategorized|0 Comments

It's not unusual this time of year to see a CERES Nursery horticulturalist gesticulating wildly in the tomato section, trying to convey a sense of JUST HOW BIG a particular variety will grow, while a queue of customers look on wide-eyed and captivated! We thought we'd make it easy for you and post some [...]

16 08, 2016

Seeds for Spring

By | August 16th, 2016|Nursery, Nursery Advice|1 Comment

We've changed over our seed boards in anticipation of spring planting! Now, don't be too hasty, some of these seeds will still need to be germinated inside or in a mini-hothouse (or a maxi-hothouse if you've got one) before they can be planted into the garden when the soil has warmed up. New varieties include [...]

25 07, 2016

Homegrown asparagus anyone?

By | July 25th, 2016|Nursery, Nursery Advice|0 Comments

   If you’ve got the space for an asparagus patch you should definitely consider planting this amazing perennial vegetable. In the first few years it’s recommended to resist harvesting all but a few spears, but from then on the plants just keep on giving, cropping every spring for more than 20 years! Asparagus is best purchased [...]

12 07, 2016

Seed Potato Time!

By | July 12th, 2016|Nursery, Nursery Advice|0 Comments

Our seed potatoes have arrived and are flying out the door! This year we have Desiree, Dutch Cream, King Edward, Kipfler, Nicola, Royal Blue, Russet Burbank, Sebago and Spunta. See below for growing information and descriptions of each variety. Growing Potatoes Potatoes are one of the easiest and most productive backyard crops. Plant in late Winter [...]

23 05, 2016

Bare-root Strawberry Runners

By | May 23rd, 2016|Nursery, Nursery Advice|0 Comments

Our bare-root strawberry runners have arrived in the nursery! Winter is the best time to get strawberry runners in to have them established and ready to fruit in the summertime, and planting runners is the most economical way to get a strawberry patch started, in containers or in the garden. Propagating strawberries from their runners [...]

9 03, 2016

Planting a bee friendly garden

By | March 9th, 2016|Nursery|0 Comments

Our resident bee expert, Benedict Hughes from The Practical Beekeeper has a lot of great tips for keeping backyard bees and also simple planting guidelines for attracting these wonderful striped pollinators to your garden. Even if you're not inclined at this stage to keep your own hives, there are a few things you might like to keep in [...]

6 11, 2015

Precious cargo

By | November 6th, 2015|Nursery|2 Comments

Last week a nursery customer found this little friend on our avocado trees, sheltering under a leaf. We get stock sent from northern Australia and this tiny tree frog had unwittingly hitchhiked. Apparently 6000-8000 frogs are transported to Melbourne annually in boxes of  bananas and other fresh cargo from Queensland and NSW, resulting in the [...]

16 10, 2015

What’s up, ladybug?

By | October 16th, 2015|Nursery|2 Comments

A few weeks ago I noticed these two lovely ladybirds on my celery leaves. They were there for a reason; I had a thriving population of aphids underneath the glossy leaves and ladybirds and their larvae feed on them. These ladybirds knew that if they laid their eggs here then their larvae would have a [...]