It can be hard to feel enthusiasm for gardening when the weather is cold and grey. But in Australia, winter can still be an exciting time to be outside (provided there is no rain!) – there is lots to do in the garden and a spot of gardening will do wonders in lifting the spirit!
Roses and Flowering Plants
Prune roses. Spray with Lime Sulphur immediately after pruning when there is no foliage on the roses. Lime Sulphur is a good ‘clean up’ spray for insects and fungal problems.
Apply Sulphate of Potash at pruning to thicken the cell walls of the plants and build up their resistance to diseases.
Time to divide and plant perennials. If you are new to gardening, perennials are those plants that are ongoing and last for more than 2 years. It’s a great way to start a garden on a budget.
Vegetables and Fruit
Herbs are a rewarding crop to grow because they can be harvested only a few weeks after planting. Easy herbs to grow include Parsley, Coriander, Thyme, Oregano, Chives and Marjoram.
Plant vegies such as Asparagus, Rhubarb, Artichokes. And remember to keep an eye out for snails and slugs – they thrive at this time of the year in the moist weather.
Lightly prune citrus if needed, after fruiting, before flowering.
Potted plants can add colour to any dark Winter day. Plant up a couple of pots with annuals such as pansies or polyanthus. They are already in flower for an instant show. Water well after planting and keep a regular feeding schedule with a good liquid fertiliser.
Lawn and Turf Maintenance
Now is a good time to control bindii in your winter lawn. Failing that, your lawn could really suffer from their spiky seeds later in Winter and Spring.
Aerate the lawn using a garden fork. It lets the moisture into the soil before you can begin to rejuvenate the lawn in spring. Top dress with Richgro Lawn Marvel.
General Garden Maintenance Tips
- Always keep a separate sprayer for knock down weed killers (these kill every plant they come in contact with) and selective weed killers (those that will only kill broad leaf weeds in lawns). Even with thorough washing, residue can still be left in the sprayer and once it has been applied the damage is done.
- A good job for winter is to go out to the shed, and sharpen, clean and maintain garden tools. Tedious but will save you time and money in the long run.