Pre­pare now for sea­son

Gatton Star - - INTO RURAL -

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.”

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