GAR­DEN PLAN­NER

Our green-thumbed ex­pert Mered­ith Kir­ton shares her tips and to-do list.

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What to do in the flower beds and vegie patches this month.

WEEK 1

Grass ben­e­fits enor­mously from aer­a­tion. If you have a lawn, con­sider hir­ing a roller with steel tines that will lift out plugs of earth and help your turf re­cover from com­paction.

WEEK 2

At­tach some sea­weed so­lu­tion to your gar­den hose and give ev­ery­thing – from fruit trees to ferns and even lawns – a spray with this plant tonic. Your gar­den will love it.

WEEK 3

As the weather be­comes milder, think about plant­ing some flow­ers for win­ter. Pan­sies and vi­o­las add a touch of colour and, if you have a sunny fence, sweet peas will bloom all through win­ter and into spring.

WEEK 4

Start com­post­ing your fruit and vegie waste and grass clip­pings, and get your worm farm go­ing in prepa­ra­tion for au­tumn’s leaf drop. If you’re in a block of flats, con­sider lob­by­ing strata for an Aer­obin or Hun­gry Bin – both are self­con­tained and re­ally easy ways to turn kitchen scraps into com­post and save green waste from the tip.

IN THE VEGIE PATCH WEEK 1

It’s time to plant peas. Make a beau­ti­ful tri­pod out of bam­boo and grow some­thing re­ally special, or sim­ply roll out a piece of trel­lis against a fence and let the pea ten­drils cover it in no time. The more peas you pick, the more you get plus the new shoots and sprouts are ed­i­ble, so nib­ble away!

WEEK 2

Prune back herbs and re­move any flower buds to en­cour­age fresh, tasty growth. And don’t waste the leafy trim­mings (see tip).

WEEK 3

Be­fore plant­ing cauliflower, brus­sels sprouts, kale or cab­bage, add lime or dolomite to your vegie patch and dig through well. These help to cor­rect soil acid­ity and make it eas­ier for plants to ab­sorb nu­tri­ents and grow.

WEEK 4

Plant a quick crop of let­tuce and other greens any­where you’ve had beans or peas grow­ing.

They en­rich the soil with ni­tro­gen, mak­ing it per­fectly nu­tri­tious for leafy greens.

Qual­ity time Make gar­den­ing a fam­ily ac­tiv­ity, and a way to teach kids about healthy habits.

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