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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 November

Feed your plants

The garden will be full of spring colour now and summer perennials will be preparing to flower soon. To get the best display for months on end, feed your plants regularly with a good quality compost or organic fertiliser. 

Apply mulch to garden beds

With summer just around the corner, now is the time to mulch garden beds to conserve soil moisture over the drier months to come. A layer of about 8-10cm is generally ideal for most beds. 

Keep an eye out for bugs

Pests love to feed on the lush spring growth so at this time of year be ready to act. Aphids are attracted to new growth and can spread diseases from one plant to another. Threat them with a chilli and garlic remedy, soapy water or a leave them to the Lady Bugs!

Things to do in December

Tidy up berry canes

Cane fruits need to be well managed. If not, they will make an unruly mess in the garden and the fruit will be harder to pick. They will be growing rapidly now, so weave or tie wayward canes back into their trellis system

Protect young fruit

Fruits like nectarines, almonds, peaches and cherries will be forming now. Netting trees now will save fruits from birds, who have a knack of feeding on fruit crops before we do!

Look after your pot plants

The sun is beginning to have more of a kick to it now and plants growing in containers can be more susceptible to heat damage than those in the ground. Move any plants that dislike full sun into a semi shaded position to keep them going over summer.

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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