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What to do in the garden

May

Winter and spring flowering annuals thrive when planted now as will most winter vegetables but it’s now too late for cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.

Don’t forget your perennial food plants including artichokes, rhubarb and asparagus, remembering these crops require extensive soil treatment to meet their needs.

Add marigolds, calendulas and nasturtiums for colour in the vegie patch to aid in deterring some pests. Plant colourful violas and pansies for colour in the garden and your food. 

It’s a great time to plant citrus with new seasons trees in stock. They will settle quickly before winter arrives. Now is also a great time to introduce new native plant species into your garden, they love this time of the year.

Watch for aphids - they thrive when temperatures change. Scatter egg shells in the cabbage patch to deter cabbage butterfly or employ the biological bacterial spray Dipel - it's safe for everything except grubs and caterpillars.

Once deciduous fruit trees defoliate a clean-up spray with a fungicide is beneficial now, and later at bud swell time.

As evaporation rates drop, scale down your watering regimes, manage clover as it emerges and prune Chinese Mulberries as they defoliate. General pruning should be left to dead-heading roses and removing dead wood from citrus and native plant species. Winter pruning of deciduous fruit trees, roses and grape vines should be left until mid-June to mid-July.

 

Geoff Miers

Alice Springs, NT

Seeds to Sow Now

Seeds to sow now if you live in areas like Geraldton, Warburton, Mt Isa and Longreach or places where there are 39 weeks a year or more with temperatures over 15°C

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Asparagus, artichoke, basil, beans, broad beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, celtuce, chervil, chilli, chives, choko, coriander, corn, dill, kale, leek, lettuce, mint, onion, parsley, parsnip, peas, potato, radish, sage, silver beet, spinach, spring onion, swede, thyme, tomato, turnip, watermelon. 

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Things to do in September

Prepare your vegetable garden beds

Now that the temperatures are rising, it's time to prepare for your spring vegetable plant out. Weed your bed, dig in a good manure, preferably sheep or well rotted chicken manure, dig in and mulch.

Prepare your watering system

Be prepared before summer starts, to have an easy and reliable watering system in place to look after your crops while you are away. Dripper lines, and water timers are critical to regular watering which ensures even growth and plentiful harvest.

Watch for bugs

It's not just gardeners that look forward to spring, bug are moving about now to feast on tasty new growth and sap. Aphids will begin appearing on soft new growth and are easily combated with a soapy water spray. Snails will make a meal of any newly planted seedlings so set traps for these too. 

Things to do this month

Plant herbs in pots

Herbs like thyme, oregano and chives are perfect for pots. Now is the time to plant them to take advantage for the spring growing season. Don't forget to use a good quality mix and feed them every month or so. 

Tie up broad beans

Broad Beans will be growing fast now and unsupported plants will topple over. Tie up plants to a string line supported by garden stakes to keep them upright. 

Feed your bulbs!

As spring flowering bulbs die back, give them a last minute feed to plump up bulbs for next season. A few handfuls of pelletised manure will do the trick. 

Vegetable Growing Tips

Starting a vegetable garden

- Choose an area that gets full sun and is not too far away from your house. The mid-winter dash to the vegie patch will be easier! 

- A good, healthy soil is the foundation to success so focus on improving the soil before you do any plantings. 

- Know what to sow, when to sow and how. Every vegetable seed has its own growing requirements. We offer a beautiful heirloom Seed Sowing Guide here and a 2018 Gardeners Diary with space for seed packets, garden plans and notes here.

How to sow seeds

How to grow garlic

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