Do you like eating Olives? - Mar 29, 2018


We are open all Easter weekend!!!!!

Dear gardening friends

We are open all Easter Weekend so please come and support us if you need help in your garden. The weather has been so beautiful lately there has never been a better time to get out in the garden.

Some great news here at Tim’s. Hayden and his wife Casey have a brand new baby this week. You will know Hayden, he often works in the shop and he always has a smiling face. He and his wife produce beautiful children. Their new baby is called Indy. She has a sister called Ava.
We have missed Hayden this week because he is off work doing father duties.

Pansy seedlings have arrived in the nursery.
We have potted colour Pansies in full bloom now too. Use these to add colour in your pots or gardens over Easter. They look amazing in our coloured pots above.
Pansies are much tougher than the name suggests. They will flower non stop from now until November. Come see our selection.

Tibouchinas are bursting into bloom around Macarthur. The variety above is called Tibouchina Alstonville. This grows into a small tree. It can be pruned every spring and kept smaller. There is a smaller growing variety called Tibouchina Jazzie. This is my favourite at the moment because it flowers throughout the year. It also only grows about 1.5 metres high so it’s more suited for smaller gardens. We have both varieties in the nursery now and they are all coming into flower. I love the colour purple and I think you will too.

I picked the Olives off my trees yesterday. Did you know you can grow your own Olives in your back yard?
Most people ask for Kalamata Olives but the best variety for Macarthur is Manzanillo.
This Spanish variety flowers later so the flowers are less likely to be damaged by frost. I have both varieties in my garden and Manzanillo produces at least twice as many Olives.

Once you pick them, they have to be cut and placed immediately in cold water. Keep them submerged for several weeks until the bitterness goes. Change water daily.
Then you marinate them in brine until they are ready to eat. There are many methods online. I use the Greek method.

Olive trees are the perfect sized tree for today’s courtyard sized gardens. They only grow about 5 metres high. They can be pruned and kept smaller. They can even be grown in big pots. We have grafted varieties that will fruit sooner.

If you like green olives simply pick them sooner. All Olives turn black when they are ripe. They are unaffected by fruit fly.
If you don’t like eating Olives give them away to friends or simply just let the birds eat them. We have trees in stock now.

It’s time to plant up your vegetable garden. Seedlings you can grow now include Beetroot, Broadbeans, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Onions, Peas, Kale, Leeks, Silverbeet, Spinach to name a few.
We have seeds and seedlings available now.

It’s time to plant winter flowers too.
We have Pansies, Primulas, Poppies, Violas, Calendulas, Sweet peas, Allysum, Lobelia etc to name but a few. Remember to dig IGC Planting Compost and Tim’s Fast Food into your soil before planting seedlings.
Mulch with Sugar Cane then plant your seedlings thru the mulch. Water twice daily for the first week to get them started.
Don’t forget the Multiguard Snail and Slug pellets. These are safe to use around pets.

Don’t forget Campbelltown Bonsai Society is coming to our nursery on Saturday the 14th of April. Jim Campbell and club members will show you how to miniaturise these amazing plants. It’s free. Talk at 2pm.

Macarthur Bee Keepers are coming too.
Learn how to farm your own honey. Queen Bee Caroline is talking at 11am.

Our nursery is looking sensational in Autumn. Come and smell our flowers.
We are great therapy and entry is free!
Happy gardening
Tim