Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - FRONT PAGE -

WA­TER­ING your gar­den in the mid­dle of win­ter prob­a­bly seems un­nec­es­sary. Un­for­tu­nately, when we are not see­ing much rain and are hav­ing a few heavy frosts the ground is sur­pris­ingly dry. Any mois­ture we are get­ting from heavy dew and show­ers may not be enough to sus­tain your gar­den through the win­ter with­out sup­ple­men­tary wa­ter­ing. Pots may need a top up a cou­ple of times a week de­pend­ing on where they are sit­u­ated, and the gar­den may only need wa­ter­ing once a week or so. For those of you that like to grow your own pota­toes, now is the time to find them at the nurs­ery. You don’t plant them un­til Septem­ber/Oc­to­ber, but buy them now to en­sure you don’t miss out. You just need to store them in the shed un­til it is time to plant. The cold weather doesn’t al­ways mo­ti­vate us to get out­side. If you are feel­ing the win­ter blues and are sick of be­ing stuck in­side a bit of fresh air and get­ting your hands dirty will go a long way to lift your mood. Plant­ing some flow­ers in pots or a gar­den bed that you can see from a win­dow will brighten up your win­ter gar­den and you can en­joy them from in­side where it is warm. If you haven’t got­ten around to prun­ing, now is the time to get it done. Prun­ing and tidy­ing up your roses and fruit trees it so much eas­ier when you can see the ‘frame­work’ with­out the leaves. Com­plet­ing these tasks now will mean your plants will be ready to burst to life come spring and you can en­joy all your hard work. Stay warm and happy gar­den­ing.

with MANDI

with Mandi Mc­Don­ald GAR­DEN­ING SPE­CIAL­IST

TLC: Make sure your plants re­ceive enough wa­ter, even dur­ing win­ter.

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