GET INTO IT: Claire Cunningham from Enchanted Garden   said now's the time to prepare for spring.
GET INTO IT: Claire Cunningham from Enchanted Garden said now's the time to prepare for spring. Nicole Zurcas

Seasonal produce and gardening tips for July

CERTAIN fruits and vegetables are at their optimum during different times of the year.

As we head into the start of a new month it's important to know what is in season when heading to the stores.

Rose City Fruits owner Justin Van Twest said winter produce was at its prime in July.

"Now is the time we see a lot of your hearty vegetables, your bigger produce like pumpkin, broccoli and cauliflower," Mr Van Twest said.

Pantry staples such as carrots, brown onion, garlic and potatoes are among those in season.

"We have a lot of sweet and juicy pears and the strawberries are exceptionally good," Mr Van Twest said.

Top-shelf fruits for July are oranges, mandarins, pineapples, lemons and limes.

As for what's leaving this season, Mr Van Twest said grapes were slowing down and Far North Queensland avocados were finishing off.

For at-home veggie patches, winter is the time for preparation, according to Claire Cunningham from Enchanted Garden.

"Spring won't be long now, so July is when you need to start preparing," Mrs Cunningham said.

Turning over soil and blending manure or fertiliser were the first steps to take for planting fresh produce, the nursery owner said.

"You need to have a good tidy up now, start pruning any deciduous trees and roses," Mrs Cunningham said.

She said a bit of copper sprayed on tree branches would give them strength for springtime.

Mrs Cunningham said garden enthusiasts should start to prepare for October's horticultural contest.


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