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Heavy or Clay soil tips

Do you have a problem with the soil in your garden?

is it heavy or clay and frustrating you no end?… there is no easy fix, sadly it will take some hard work, but the end result will be worth it, here is some advice and information


Heavy, or clay soils are those that have finer or small particles that during the warmer/drier months, become hard and cement like and during the wetter/cooler months tend to be very sticky and compacted.
These soils can be high in nutrient, but are often slow draining, difficult to work with and take too much time to warm up in spring. These types of soil structure need to be corrected before any plantings are to occur, to improve water drainage, air through soil, for better root development and the encouragement of beneficial soil organisms such as earthworms, nematodes and microbes.

Compost, compost, compost…. The more the better, to change the heavy soil, you need to change structure and the best way to do so is by adding composts and digging up clumps of the hardened or soggy areas to allow air and water penetration. Fork through or turn over Large amounts of either manure, gypsum ( clay breaker), compost, peat moss, course sand, fine crushed rock, garden lime or leaves from deciduous plants, or a combination of any of the above will help.

Make your own rich crumbly compost to improve your garden beds and soil by either using a large bin or section in your garden where you can layer garden debris/leaves, grass clippings, vegie scraps, garden lime, blood n bone, peat, animal manures and sugar cane mulch…. Liquid feed it once every month or so and turn the heap on a weekly basis to help it decay and break down before putting it in your soil or on your garden. Your plants will love the nutrient.





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Christmas & New Year Trading Hours & some notes


Paddys Plants  will be open  daily from 9am until 5pm from today 15th December until Monday 24th December ( Christmas Eve).

We will then be CLOSED until Wednesday January 2nd 2019 for a short break and to do some overdue repairs around the Nursery.

Monday 17th December, we may be closed briefly for 30 mins in the afternoon, due to picking my children up from school, once that is done, I will re-open until 5pm.

Over the Summer months, …. on  days forecast to be 35 degrees or over, we may close early, or not set up at all, I prefer to leave our display trolleys in under the shade, rather than put them out along the roadside to dry out….. if the gates or shed door are open on those days, you are welcome to come in ( during business hours of course !!!), if in doubt before you come up, always best to call us…. 97520706.

Leading up to Christmas and during January we still have thousands of plants available to colour up your Home and Garden, so if the weather suits and you feel like a play in your garden, or even if you just want some pots for around the house, or a gift for somebody special, we have plenty of plants to choose

Personally I will be glad to see the back of 2018… It has not been a year to remember and……. basically… a prick of a year… and thrown our family, friends and customers a lot of ups and downs and we wish for everybody……. a fresh start, healthier and better 2019.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas, however you celebrate the season, we also wish you a safe, healthy, Happy New Year and hope that 2019 is a better year than you have ever had.

Thankyou for supporting our family owned and operated business in 2018, we look forward to seeing you all again over the next week leading up to Christmas and in 2019

Without You, we could Not continue to Grow

Happy Gardening



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Hydrangeas back in stock… get in quick, because we always sell out fast !!

Hydrangeas Available Now

Hydrangeas are deciduous shrubs with an intense range of flower colours and styles, that can flower for long periods. They are great flowering shrubs for brightening up semi shaded gardens and even better as cut or dried flowers in your home.

But, …. how come my pink hydrangeas go blue and my blue hydrangeas go pink ???

Hydrangeas are dependent on a soils PH balance, so the plants ability to absorb iron or the level of aluminium in acidic soils ( lower PH) will give you blue to purple range of Hydrangea, the enhancement of these colours can also depend on the variety chosen, some varieties are predominantly bluer than others….. we offer aluminium sulphate for sale to used as a liquid feed in the late autumn, early winter period to enhance and set the next season/summer of flowers of your Hydrangeas to the bluer scale…


if your soil has a large proportion of nitrogen or the PH is higher, you should get a range of pinks to deep pink ( often called red)…. we offer dolomite lime for sale to add to your Hydrangeas in late autumn, early winter to create a pink range of flowers in the summer months.

White Hydrangeas, should always remain white, but if your PH is highly acidic, or the other way… alkaline… then we have found it not uncommon for white Hydrangeas to have a slight tinge to their colour

Currently we have a limited number ( about 250) of 14cm potted Hydrangeas available for sale  for just $5.99 each or 4 for $22, they are all fresh and new stock, forming buds, the pictures above are from last seasons batch and give you an idea of what is to come.

Currently the varieties we have are Lace Cap, Macrophylla White, and Common Macrophylla available…. Sadly,  we are out of the other 8 varieties we normally stock until next spring due to trees falling on our stock plants, ( the joys of living in the hills !!!), the amazing thing about Hydrangeas is that they will bounce back from just about anything and our normal stock range will be back up and running soon enough.

come and grab some of our vibrant fresh Hydrangeas today, get in quick before they all sell out

Happy Gardening


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Poinsettias in store now

Paddys Plants is fully stocked with hundreds of Poinsettias to brighten up your home this Christmas Season.

My Parents Dianne & Dennis Brooks introduced Poinsettias to Victorian Gardeners and the Victorian Horticulture Industry in the early 1980’s via their first nursery “Brooks Nursery”.

Now at Silvan Park Nursery, they have been Growing and Supplying Quality Poinsettias to Florists, Retailers and Garden Centres for almost 40 years.

Every December for the past 11 years, Paddy’s Plants have supplied Quality poinsettias grown by Dianne & Dennis, whose level of Quality and love for these vibrant Christmas Flowers is unmatched.

We have 16cm potted Poinsettias available for just $12.99 each or 4 for $45.

If cared for correctly and you don’t over water them, they can last for many years in your home or garden, some of our customers have kept them alive for up to 6 years,  but most people, if you are like me, forget about them and they last until winter comes in June… still good value… 6 months of enjoyment for just $12.99, when your  xmas tree costs, up to $80 for 1 month use and 2 cups of coffee cost $11 for 5 mins !!!!!

Our Poinsettias are the best value for size, locally and home grown, by the original and most experienced growers in the Victorian Poinsettia industry.

Poinsettias are our family’s heritage…. and one we are proud of

come and pick up some Poinsettias to brighten up your home, we have plenty to choose from

We hope that you get plenty of joy out of their festive, vibrant red beauty this Christmas Season

Happy Gardening


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another spring morning, yet another frost


What a slow start we have had to our Spring season in 2018

a few days of beautiful sunshine to excite us and give us hope, followed by frost after frost and last weekend, light snow falling nearby…. cmon Mother Nature, give us Gardeners a break, we want to play !!

I post this every year, but every year without fail, the big chain stores, hardware stores and god bless them… charity shops,  stock and display Tomatoes, Herbs & vegies earlier and earlier, taking vital sales away from nurseries, that produce them ready for the RIGHT time of year.

If you live in the Dandenong Ranges,


if you have given in to the excitement of a few days of sunshine and bought your edibles from these stores, I’m sure the frosts and endless cold weather we have had locally have done you no favours, please be patient, we want your edible gardens to be successful for you, after all that is the whole point of going to all that effort

for the Millennial generation, or new Gardeners, wanting to grow your own food and just staring out in the gardening way of life…. welcome to our lifestyle, it is always fun, sometimes frustrating, mostly rewarding and something you will never know everything about, believe me, I have lived this lifestyle my whole life and have never stopped  learning…. one major tip I will share with you, that never changes, do NOT plant out, or think about Tomatoes until after AFL Grand Final weekend, it is generally too cold to do so…. we recommend Tomatoes be planted around Melbourne Cup ( November) weekend for best growth and results… again, this advice is for our Dandenong Ranges and has been successful for my business for 23 years,  each year when posting about this, we always get one billy goat, that gets on here and disputes my advice, and plants them too early,  I hope they enjoyed the handful of tomatoes they picked ( if any !!), as opposed to the buckets my regulars grow from their correctly planted crops. Also I hope your supermarket/hardware or charity store had a staff member there experienced enough to give you advice on how to plant, fertilise, care for and problem solve your edible crop…. this is why you always buy from nurseries, especially your local nursery as this is what we do and offer and your local nursery is experienced in your local climate.

a similar caution should go to summer herbs, such as Basil & Coriander, fruits & vegetables, like Capsicum, Chillies, Corn, pumpkins, and many more, please be patient and wait until the ground temperature warms up a little bit, as I say, in my experience, this is normally the last week of September ( AFL grand final week).

just for reference, I find August the coldest month of the year in Monbulk,  early September is often  cold & wet ( not this year!!!) and if snow is going to fall in the Dandenongs, it mostly happens between August & mid September

…. the amount of times over the years people have bought from the stores, mentioned above and then come in to my nursery to ask for free advice or tips on how to grow, ………. well, that is not happening any more, we will happily assist our customers, who purchased from us with advice, but if you have bought from one of the stores mentioned above, make sure you ask that store for advice, they were happy to take your money, they should be happy to offer service and advice.

I get frustrated with the supermarket/hardware/charity stores taking your money, taking sales from us professionals and selling plants at the wrong times of year, because this leads to disappointment when the plants do not perform as they should, with no comeback for advice or correction, this can then lead to people finding gardening too hard and just not bothering at all, the big stores wont care, they already have your money and will just move on to the next profitable thing, ruining our industry, as they do with others ( ie… milk !!!!)…. we want you to have success in your garden and welcome repeat offenders !!!… our prices on edibles are most often cheaper than those stores anyway, people just assume they are cheaper because of their misleading ads, and by the time your products die and you re-buy, it has cost you more.

so save time, money and frustration and always buy plants from a Nursery, with proper staff to serve you

the beginning of our edible range will be ready for sale from October 3, I will post a list the week before, when we know what is ready to go

happy gardening & hopes for warmer days & sunshine