GAR­DEN PLAN­NER

by Mered­ith Kir­ton

Homes+ (Australia) - - CONTENTS -

What to do, sow, grow and har­vest in the flower and vegie beds this month.

WEEK 1

Prune your roses now, un­less you live in a re­ally cold place, in which case you might wait a few weeks. Try to shorten two-thirds of the bush, re­mov­ing any in­ward, crowded stems. After­wards, ap­ply lime sul­phur to burn off fun­gal spores and con­trol scale.

WEEK 2

Cut back over-vig­or­ous bougainvil­leas, ram­pant grapevines, tired ole­an­ders and over­grown ever­green shrubs such as vibur­num and pho­tinia. If you live in very frosty pock­ets, de­lay this prun­ing job for an­other month.

WEEK 3

If you’ve ever thought of adding a wa­ter feature, now is the time to put one in or buy one cheap. If you al­ready have one, clean out your pond, di­vide and re-pot waterlilies, iris and aquatic reeds, and change the pump fil­ter.

WEEK 4

Win­ter plant­ing is fairly min­i­mal, but it is a good time to buy new sea­son de­cid­u­ous plants from nurs­eries. Their full range of bagged roses, fruit trees and flow­er­ing blos­soms should be fresh in store.

WEEK 1

Imag­ine grapevines drip­ping with fruit over your out­door ta­ble in sum­mer – now’s the time to put in fruit­ing de­cid­u­ous vines like grapes and ki­wifruit.

WEEK 2

Pick your Brus­sels sprouts, as they start bear­ing from the bot­tom up, leav­ing smaller clus­ters in place un­til they are full size. With broc­coli, take out the main head once it’s full size and be­fore any flow­ers ap­pear, and let the side shoots form smaller broc­col­ini-like heads in the fol­low­ing months.

WEEK 3

Dig up root crops of Jerusalem ar­ti­chokes and turmeric if you have them in the gar­den. Store them with the dirt still on the tu­bers to help them last, and only clean them as you eat them.

WEEK 4

If you’re grow­ing leeks, chicory or cel­ery (or pota­toes in sea­son) don’t for­get to mound them as they grow or sur­round them with straw to help blanch the stems, keep­ing them pale green and sweet.

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