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The change of seasons from summer to autumn is welcomed by
gardeners as the sun begins to lose its intensity, tropical storms
abate and hot, drying winds subside. The days become mild and
mellow - perfect for restoring the garden back to its best and
planning for the cooler months ahead.
"Today in April, soft-sky April
The figs wry-leafed are gone to sap,
Pawpaws hard-green cling
Slow swelling for winter pulling...
Gold cassia and golden rod,
From Earth by Brian Vrepont
Plant out winter and early spring flowering annuals and
vegetables while the soil is still warm, so they will establish
well before the onset of colder weather.
An application of plant food now will not only give plants a
boost after summer's harsh conditions, but will help them build up
strength to survive winter's chill.
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Short days, cold nights, biting winds straight off the ocean and
lashing rain all indicate winter is once again upon us. For those
living in northern areas, winter is typified by sunny, mild days
while in the south, days suitable for gardening may be few and far
"… O cold the
Hardly to be believed that summer
Will turn up again some day in a wave of rambler roses,
Thrust its hot face in here to tell another yarn
From South of my Days by Judith Wright
Even though the soil is cold, winter is the season to plant
bare-rooted trees and shrubs including fruit trees. Garden centres
will be full of stock from late June right through to early
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While most of the garden 'goes to sleep' over winter,
vegetables, bulbs and annuals that flower or crop during this
season and into spring will benefit from an occasional application
of plant food.
Winter is pruning time for most trees and shrubs, apart from
those producing spring blossoms - cut them back after they've
flowered. If pruned too soon (in winter), most of their early
spring flowers will be removed.
Watch for signs of waterlogging over winter, especially after
heavy rainfall. If required, aerate again to allow excess water to
soak into the soil. Lawns which beome saturated on a regular basis
may benefit from the installation of a permanent undergound
The blush of colour on the buds of magnolias, daffodils and
blossom trees heralds the dawning of spring, the start of a fresh
year in the garden. As plants burst into new growth, we too take on
new energy as we head out to tackle the tasks put off over
"Grey Winter hath
gone, like a wearisome guest,
And, behold, for repayment,
September comes in with the wind of the West
And the Spring in her raiment!"
Feeding the garden in early spring will ensure strong, healthy
growth throughout the growing season
Lawns need attention as we come out of winter. Cold weather
slows growth and allows weeds to get a toe-hold
Like no other season, the Australian summer fills the hearts of
gardeners with trepidation - will it be unbearably hot and dry or
will torrential rains create havoc? For most of us, it's all about
outdoor entertaining, the festive season and holidays.
O 'tis easeful here to lie
Hidden from noon's scorching eye,
In this grassy cool recess
Musing thus of quietness "
From A Midsummer Noon in the Australian Forest by
Early summer is still a good time to plant out flowers and
vegetables. Avoid planting in the heat of the day, complete
plantings before the end of December and water seedlings in with Miracle-Gro® Seafeed 3in1 to
get them off to a good start
To keep plants growing strongly, they need regular feeding.
Using a fertiliser that includes a wetting agent will assist
moisture and nutrient penetration
Trimming evergreen trees and shrubs in early summer will help
keep them neat and tidy as well as encourage bushiness, rather than
long, straggly growth
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