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

EARLY spring is a busy time in the gar­den! There are lots of jobs we should get done now be­fore sum­mer sneaks up on us. Feed­ing is re­ally im­por­tant at this time of the year. As the days get warmer, plants will re­spond well to fer­tiliser as most are in the ac­tive growth pe­riod now. It is also a great time to trim any hedges that may have got­ten un­tidy over au­tumn and win­ter. Trim­ming now means they have time to re­cover be­fore the sum­mer heat. Also tidy up any trees and shrubs as they fin­ish­ing flow­er­ing. Once you have trimmed and fed ev­ery­thing make sure to top up mulch as well. This helps to sup­press weeds and keep the ground moist. Wa­ter your gar­den af­ter fer­til­is­ing and mulching. If we are not get­ting sig­nif­i­cant rain you will need to keep wa­ter­ing. As the gar­den is hav­ing a mas­sive growth spurt it is re­ally im­por­tant to en­sure it has ad­e­quate mois­ture to sus­tain this growth and head into the warmer months. Pre­pare your veg­etable gar­den now for spring plant­ing. Well rot­ted com­post and ma­nure are a good source of or­ganic mat­ter to get the worms busy. Un­less you are pre­pared to cover for frost hold off plant­ing toma­toes and other frost ten­der vegeta­bles un­til early to mid Oc­to­ber. Also make sure you have fruit fly pro­tec­tion in place. Lawns will need some at­ten­tion now. Feed the en­tire lawn and over sow bare patches so it can es­tab­lish be­fore it gets hot. Mow­ing reg­u­larly helps keep the lawn healthy as well. En­joy the beau­ti­ful show that your spring gar­den will be putting on now. Tulips, mag­no­lias, and as­para­gus spears are cer­tainly giv­ing me a sense of spring in my own back­yard. Happy gar­den­ing.

◆ WHITE BLOOM: Mag­no­lia blooms are mak­ing their pres­ence felt in lo­cal gar­dens right now.

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