in the gar­den

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Outdoor Inspiratio­n -

Brighten up your patch as the weather cools with pots of the three Ps – pan­sies, prim­u­las and polyan­thus. Pep up your gar­den’s

pas­tel tones with camel­lias. Worth check­ing out in nurs­eries are some of the sasan­qua and japon­ica camel­lias avail­able in soft pinks, creams and whites.

Cut back herba­ceous peren­ni­als such as achil­leas, aqui­le­gias, asters, cam­pan­u­las, cen­tran­thus, del­phini­ums, li­a­tris and salvias. They will look ti­dier and the prun­ing read­ies them to burst back into life next spring.

Col­lect a few vegie seeds for sow­ing next sea­son. Right for col­lec­tion are seeds of beans, toma­toes, pump­kins, zuc­chini, cucumbers and corn. Al­low seeds to dry be­fore stor­ing in an en­ve­lope. Tomato and cu­cum­ber seeds are best placed in a jar of wa­ter for a few days be­fore dry­ing.

Feed hun­gry le­mon trees with a com­plete cit­rus fer­tiliser. For an ex­tra boost, ap­ply a seaweed tonic to keep the soil in good health. If scale is ev­i­dent, treat with a prod­uct such as Yates Na­ture’s Way Cit­rus and Or­na­men­tal Spray. Smarten up lawns fol­low­ing the sum­mer heat with an au­tumn feed.

Treat beds to an au­tumn feed of com­plete fer­tiliser, to strengthen plants for the chilly days ahead.

Su­per­charge un­used vegie beds with hu­mus and ni­tro­gen by plant­ing a green ma­nure crop. Once it’s grow­ing well, cut it down with a line-trimmer and dig it into the soil.

In cool re­gions, you can start plant­ing springflow­er­ing bulbs such as daf­fodils, jon­quils, mus­cari and hy­acinths.

Plant a late crop of basil to add cool flavour to au­tumn sal­ads. De­vote half an hour

a week to weed­ing the vegie patch. A lit­tle ef­fort now will save you loads of work later.

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