Warm Zone

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 February

Deadheading flowers

Trim off old flower heads on summer flowering perennials to encourage the growth of new flower buds. Not only will your plants look tidier, but they will reward you with a longer display of colour. 

Save seeds of beans

Start thinking about saving seeds of beans that are growing now in the vegie patch. Stop picking the beans off one or two plants (depending on how much seed you want) and allow the pods to mature and dry on the bush. Once dry, pop out the seeds and store in a dark, dry place to plant again next season. 

Order spring bulbs

Plan ahead and order spring bulbs now for planting in March. There is always a good range to choose from at this time of year. Try Jonquils and Bluebells for an easy set-and-forget buld display.

Things to do in March

Plant spring flowering bulbs

Spring flowering bulbs should be planted this month. Prepare the ground to a crumbly texture and plant the bulbs tip up (except for Ranunculus which are planted 'claws' down!) As a rule, bulbs are planted to a depth that is twice their length. Water in well.

Plant garlic bulbs

It's also time to plant garlic bulbs. Split the head of garlic into individual cloves and plant tip up into a well prepared, and well drained, soil. Garlic likes to be planted about 3-5cm deep and 7cm apart. Planting garlic now will allow it to develop root and foliage over the autumn and winter, then nice plump bulbs in late spring/summer.

Tidy up the vegie patch

Remove summer crops that you are no longer harvesting from and rejuvenate the soil with compost and well rotted manure for autumn plantings. Pick up any fruit that has fallen onto the ground under fruit trees to prevent a build up of pests and diseases. 

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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