Charlie Albone’s Winter Gardening Tips!
Spring is just around the corner and by putting in a bit of hard work now you’ll super charge the garden and reap the benefits when the warmer weather kicks in.
Here are some of my tips:
- Do a clean up
Start by removing all the weeds, for larger taller weeds pull them out by hand and spray the smaller and emerging weeds with Richgro Beat-A-Weed. I love this weed spray as it’s made from natural ingredients so it’s safe to use around the family and pets. It is also very fast acting so you can see it working within hours.
Along with the weeds remove any old or dead shrubs that are taking up too much room and then prune back anything else that’s got unruly. Plants respond to pruning by growing, so don’t be scared to be brutal – as a rule of thumb most plants can be cut back by a third without any adverse effects. You need to prune to create a nice shaped plant and consider how it’s going to grow from the fresh cuts so the shape continues to grow on throughout the season. A good dose of Richgro Black Marvel 2-3 weeks after pruning and then every 4-8 weeks until the start of Winter will make your plants look better than ever!
3. Feed your soil
Once the beds are tidy it’s time to enrich your soil with Richgro compost and cow manure. Spread this over the soil and use as a mulch in heavily planted areas, the garden worms will do the hard work and turn this in for you. In open spots where you can dig it through make sure you do so. Turn the compost through the soil to the depth of your shovel and break up any big clots as this aids in de-compacting and aerating the ground ready for planting out in a few weeks. You don’t want to pulverize the soil to a dust just remove any large clots to a medium till.
Mulching will help keep the weeds down and Richgro pine bark mulch is a good option but make sure you pull this back before planting so it doesn’t get dug into the ground as it may suck some nitrogen out of the soil, having adverse effects on the plants.
5. Don’t forget your lawn
Prepare your lawn by raking off all the dead thatch. This is the dead brown grass sitting just below the green leaves and the best way to get rid of this is a vigorous rake with a plastic grass rake. Removing this allows air around the roots of the grass, diminishing any fungal problems. It’s also a good idea to use a garden fork and plunge it deep into compacted areas of lawn as this will aid in de-compaction and water flow into the root zone of the lawn.
Handy Maintenance Tip
Treat your lawns, garden beds and pots with Richgro Ezi- Wet which will prepare the ground for accepting irrigation and rain when the plants really need it. It also has some added fertilisers that the plants will use when the temperature heats up
What to plant now
Some seedlings are still a bit sensitive to being planted directly out into the garden as the soil is still cold however the following plants are perfect to get in the ground now if you’re in a temperate or warm climate: (You can also raise these plants indoors ready for a plant out in a few weeks if you’re in a cold climate zone):- Radish, silverbeet, lettuce, beetroot, parsnip, peas, celery, leek, onions, seed potatoes, rocket, and spinach.
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