Get plant­ing in be­fore win­ter

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Gardening -

AU­TUMN is a won­der­ful time to be in the gar­den – the days are get­ting shorter and the nights are much cooler.

Naomi Glas­son of Gar­den­ing Gals says it is the ideal time to plant al­most any­thing so flora can be es­tab­lished be­fore the re­ally cold weather sets in.

She shares her top tips for au­tumn gar­den­ing.

Veg­eta­bles to plant in au­tumn Beet­root, broc­coli, cab­bage, car­rot, leek, let­tuce, radish, spinach, spring onion, turnip, peas and onions

Flow­ers to plant in au­tumn Alyssum, lo­belia, stock, pansy, snap­dragon, corn­flower, sweet pea and vi­ola

Gar­den tasks to at­tend to in au­tumn

■ Prune gera­nium and pelargo­nium by twothirds to en­cour­age new bushy growth be­fore win­ter

■ Re­move weeds be­fore they go to seed. The best time is af­ter rain

■ Prune petu­nias to keep them flow­er­ing well into au­tumn

■ Di­vide aga­pan­thus plants from au­tumn through to early spring

■ Prune off cit­rus branches hang­ing lower than one me­tre above the ground to re­duce the spread of brown rot

■ Scorched leaves can be a sign that soil is wa­ter­re­pel­lent. If dry ap­ply a wet­ting agent and wa­ter well

■ Di­vide clump­ing grasslike plants such as dianella, lo­man­dra and kan­ga­roo grass. Keep sev­eral shoots per clump and re­move dead ma­te­rial

■ Har­vest radish reg­u­larly to stop them be­com­ing too hot and spicy, woody or pithy

■ Re­move and dis­card any dis­eased or rot­ten fruit that may be hang­ing in trees

■ Rake up and re­move leaves reg­u­larly as a build up of leaves shades the lawn and even­tu­ally kills it if left there

■ Start plant­ing bulbs

Snap­drag­ons can be a good ad­di­tion.

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