Short days, cold nights, biting winds off the ocean and lashing rain all indicate Winter is with us again.
For those living in northern areas, Winter is typically sunny with mild to warm days while in the south, days suitable for gardening may be few and far between.
There's plenty to do outdoors to keep warm!
Even though the soil is cold, Winter is the season to plant bare-rooted trees and shrubs, including fruit trees, while they are dormant. Garden centres will be full of stock from late June right through to early Spring. Some flower and vegetable seedlings can also go in now. Here's a few suggestions:
While most of the garden 'goes to sleep' over Winter, vegetables, bulbs and annuals flowering or cropping now 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 water-logging over Winter, especially after heavy rain. If required, aerate again to allow excess water to soak into the soil.
Protect winter vegetable crops like cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and broccoli from aphids with Defender Pyrethrum Insect Spray
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