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What to do in the garden

May

This is the last month to plant garlic. Easy to grow and guaranteed to be just what you expect, garlic from the shops can be sprayed with chemicals, especially when imported from overseas. Grow your own and keep your food free from chemicals.

As the weather cools, you can lower the mowing height on your lawn. Autumn is a great time to rejuvenate lawns. Rake to remove thatch, fix and depressions or mounds, and oversow to thicken areas where lawn is thinning. Lawns are critical to cooling our garden in summer, so improve your lawn now to ensure  good coverage and root development by summer.

Plant perennials now to improve your bedding display. Look for variations in texture and height, but try to maintain the same colour hues, ie. pastels with pastels.  It's also time to prune all summer flowering perennials that have finally finished flowering.

If you find yourself clicking on the heating system, take note of the position of indoor plants. Move them to areas away from the outlets as they will burn or wither if positioned in the direct line of fire.

Prepare the soil for planting bare root fruit trees and plants next month. Improving the soil now helps to create a more hospitable root environment for growth.

Seeds to Sow Now

Seeds to sow this month if you live in areas like MelbournePerthSydneyAdelaide and inland NSW or places that have between 21 and 38 weeks a year above 15°C.

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Asparagus, broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celtuce, coriander, garlic, kale, lettuce, onion, peas, radish, sage, spring onion, swede, thyme, turnip.

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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 our 2018 Gardeners Diary with space for seed packets, garden plans and notes here

How to sow seeds

How to improve your vegie garden soil

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