I think every month in the garden is busy but as Summer starts to slip away it’s essential that we prepare our gardens for Winter and get the most out of our plants and veggie patches. Autumn is natures planting time as the soils are warm and moist. Plants have the winter to settle roots ready to flourish in spring.
So here are some top gardening tips for you to think about over the Easter break.
Tip 1: Citrus Trees
If you are thinking about planting citrus trees in your garden now is the time to do it. Citrus prefers shelter and warmth so make sure you plant them out of the prevailing wind and definitely out of the frost zone. Try to plant these trees near existing plants on your property and remember to give them a regular feed.
Tip 2: Mulch
If you are thinking about planting bare-rooted trees or shrubs then remember to make a well around the base of the plant to hold water and cover with a layer of mulch. If you are preparing flower beds then dig over the ground, work in some compost and spread a protective layer of leaves or mulch over the top. This creates a warm blanket through the winter and will suppress the weeds.
Tip 3: Moss
Now is the time to spray or treat the moss on your patios and paths with moss-killer. This will control its growth, as it develops quickly in warm wet weather.
Tip 4: Veggie Garden
As you harvest the last summer crops April/May is the perfect time to plant your patch with winter staples including beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, bok choi, celery and silverbeet. Remember to dig in your compost and sheep pellets before planting to replenish nutrients used by previous crops. Compost is also an excellent water saver.
Tip 5: Flowers
It’s a great time to plant new seasons Daphne, Camellias and Rhododendrons to add welcome colour to your garden in the winter and early spring. It’s also your last chance to plant bulbs for a dazzling spring display.
But one of the most important tips is to get out into your garden and enjoy it!