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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What to do in June

Plant strawberry runners

Bare root strawberries can be planted now. Build up the soil to form a small ridge; this ensures that the plants will not get wet feet. Keep a look out for pesky snails and set traps if they become a problem.

Cut back green manure crops

Early sown crops of green manures can be cut back before they begin to flower. Slash down the foliage with a brush-cutter and dig it into the soil to break down.

Prune back raspberry canes

Plan to prune raspberry canes soon. Autumn fruiting varieties are simply cut back to the ground, whilst summer fruiting varieties need to be tip pruned to develop fruiting canes next season. 

What to do in the garden for July

Visit a garden

We don't often think about visiting gardens in winter, but a winter visit can be most worthwhile. Take time to see how evergreen plants can be used as structural backbones and how hard landscaping is designed to bring together areas of the garden. 

Transplant shrubs

The winter months are the best time to move smaller deciduous plants around the garden. Dig up a good portion of the root ball, then place the plant on a tarp to move to its new location. Plant it to the same depth it was growing before and water in well. 

Grow some sprouts

Get your nutritional fix with healthy, home grown sprouts. Alfalfa, mung beans, radish and broccoli all make delicious sprouts in just 5 to 7 days. 

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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