Prepare now for season
PETER Bevan is well known in Lowood for his incredible work with the Lowood Beautification Project and for the small nursery he runs.
Mr Bevan said the most important part of growing anything successfully was preparation, especially coming into spring and summer.
“Preparation is important no matter whether it’s vegetables, annuals or native plants. Whatever it is you’ve got to be prepared and have your ground ready,” Mr Bevan said.
He said with spring well and truly upon us and summer fast approaching, getting ready for planting was key.
“Getting rid of any weeds, mulching and pruning probably the three main things you’d be looking at doing,” he said.
Mr Bevan said growers should also get plants in the ground soon to give them time to establish ahead of the warmer months.
“It’s still a good time to plant now but probably in another month or two your time will be running out – that’s when the real hot weather comes in and it’s very hard to put plants out in the heat,” he said.
While recent rain certainly hasn’t been drought breaking, Mr Bevan said growers should use the rain to jump start their plants.
“Especially if you want to conserve water you should try and work around rain events,” he said.
“If there’s rain forecast that’s the time you should be planting and with a bit of luck plants can get fairly well established without having to use a lot of your own water on them.”