AWE­SOME AU­TUMN

THERE ARE PLENTY OF BLOOM­ING GOOD REA­SONS WHY GAR­DEN­ERS RE­ALLY DIG THIS TIME OF THE YEAR

Warwick Daily News - - Weekend - GREEN THUMB WORDS: MA­REE CUR­RAN Got a gar­den­ing ques­tion? Email ma­ree@ede­nat­by­ron.com.au

Easter is a cel­e­bra­tion of re­birth and re­newal. All through the ages, peo­ple have cel­e­brated the equinoxes and the sol­stices as sa­cred times.

Here in the South­ern Hemi­sphere, Easter falls in au­tumn, not spring. But I think I speak for many warm-cli­mate gar­den­ers when I say that au­tumn is per­haps, for us, even more im­por­tant than spring as a time for gar­den re­newal and re­ju­ve­na­tion.

Af­ter the rav­ages of sum­mer, our gar­dens are in des­per­ate need of some TLC. Most of us have en­joyed some much-needed rain, and tem­per­a­tures are be­gin­ning to move in a more com­fort­able di­rec­tion. Gar­den­ers, and the gar­dens we tend, are start­ing to feel a bit more pos­i­tive.

Au­tumn is a re­ally im­por­tant, and im­mensely re­ward­ing, time in the gar­den­ing cal­en­dar. It’s the best time to es­tab­lish new gar­dens, and an ideal time to plant trees, in­clud­ing fruit trees. Thanks to the milder tem­per­a­tures, and more re­li­able rain, ev­ery­thing we plant now will have plenty of time to set­tle in be­fore the heat ar­rives again.

It’s also time to plant cool sea­son flow­er­ing favourites such as pan­sies and vi­o­las, as well as win­ter crops in­clud­ing broc­coli, broad beans, spinach, peas, snow peas and kale.

Your whole gar­den and lawn will ben­e­fit from a com­plete plant food. You can also top up the mulch in gar­den beds to help to reg­u­late soil tem­per­a­ture.

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