Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Front Page - WITH MANDI

WELL, it is of­fi­cially au­tumn on the cal­en­dar, but the weather doesn’t seem to be on the same page.

Un­for­tu­nately, this means we have to keep wa­ter­ing our pots and gar­dens.

It is easy to be­come com­pla­cent as the evenings and morn­ings are cool but it is still very dry and plants will be suf­fer­ing af­ter a long dry sum­mer.

The good new is it’s the sea­son to start think­ing about plant­ing your bulbs for late win­ter and spring colour.

You still have plenty of time but it’s a good idea to pre­pare the ar­eas you are go­ing to be plant­ing bulbs in so they are ready when the weather cools off a bit.

Dig­ging in com­post or well rot­ted ma­nure will im­prove the struc­ture of your soil and give the bulbs a good start.

It’s good to get some of the bulbs in while there is still some warmth in the ground.

Tulips on the other hand are more than happy to wait un­til it is quite cold to be planted.

You can put them in the crisper of your fridge to chill them for a few weeks prior to plant­ing.

I gen­er­ally find that our win­ters are cold enough for them to flower well if you plant them around July af­ter we’ve had a few good frosts to chill the ground.

There is a good range of bulbs avail­able at the nurs­ery this month.

It is lovely to see the sub­tle chang­ing of the sea­son in the gar­den.

There is a hint of au­tumn colour show­ing which gives us the hope that we will get a re­prieve from the long dry sum­mer soon.

DIG IN: Now is a good time to pre­pare your gar­den and plant bulbs, for plenty of colour later in the year.

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