GAR­DEN­ING WITH DEBBI

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - REGIONAL EXTRA - WITH DEBBI GIB­SON,

NOT sure when it’s the right time to move a plant or when to fer­tilise.

Or when is the best time to prune that pear tree?

And what is caus­ing the holes in the leaves of your Hostas?

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to find the an­swers to all th­ese ques­tions and more, with­out hav­ing to wade through the in­ter­net?

A new book by Ian Spence, ti­tled “Gar­den­ing through the year in Aus­tralia - Your mon­thby-month guide to what to do when in the gar­den”, an­swers them all.

It has de­tailed in­for­ma­tion, hints and prac­ti­cal projects for each month of the hor­ti­cul­tural year.

The book dis­cusses over 1300 sea­sonal tasks for every part of the gar­den, in­clud­ing the vegetable gar­den, or­na­men­tal gar­dens, flow­ers, lawns and out­door liv­ing ar­eas.

It gives ad­vice on gar­den­ing tech­niques in­clud­ing prop­a­ga­tion, from tak­ing cut­tings, lay­er­ing and divi­sion.

There is also in­for­ma­tion on grow­ing plants from seed and how to col­lect and store seeds.

The book also ex­am­ines the chang­ing cli­mate, the weather and sea­sonal vari­a­tions for each state, with in depth ad­vice on sus­tain­able wa­ter­ing and ir­ri­ga­tion prac­tices for through­out the year.

There are also handy DIY projects, like an easy to make com­post bin, how to lay turf, how to make a cold frame, how to make a high sided pot­ting tray, (which is ba­si­cally a pot­ting bench with­out legs) how to make a light box for grow­ing seedlings and cut­tings, and how to make an obelisk for grow­ing climb­ing plants like roses, clema­tis and sweet peas.

Each month fea­tures a handy check­list of the monthly jobs to be done and beau­ti­ful coloured photographs of plants in flower for that month.

There are in­spi­ra­tional de­signs and plant­ing guides for each sea­son, in­clud­ing plans and plant lists for cre­at­ing an herba­ceous peren­nial sum­mer bor­der and plant­ing a peren­nial au­tumn bor­der.

There is also an A-Z plant di­rec­tory with sit­ing and grow­ing ad­vice, and suit­able plant­ing part­ners.

Thanks to the Wan­garatta Li­brary for the loan of this book to re­view.

Happy gar­den­ing.

HORTICULTURALIST

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