Pre­pare to plant

Gardening Australia - - YOUR PLANNER -

Start pre­par­ing holes for plant­ing bare-rooted roses, fruit­ing and or­na­men­tal trees, shrubs and vines, rhubarb and as­para­gus crowns, and cane fruits such as rasp­ber­ries (right). Th­ese will all be avail­able soon from gar­den cen­tres and on­line sup­pli­ers, and prep­ping now will make it eas­ier to plant when you get hold of your new pur­chases. Choose your spot, and dig over the area to about a spade’s depth and 2–3 times the ex­pected root ball width, then till through a gen­er­ous amount of com­post or aged ma­nure. Wa­ter the area well, and keep it just moist while the worms and mi­crobes work their magic. Your new plants will be well pleased when they ar­rive.

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