Autumn is one of the busiest times in the garden. The
days are cooler but the soil is still warm, making it an ideal time to plant or
move plants, or create that great new veggie garden before winter sets in. Here's a list of things to do if you're in Victoria.
- If your garden beds have become dried out over summer, give the beds a good water and then apply a wetting agent to improve water and nutrient penetration.
- Now is the time to establish new garden beds or a new veggie garden. Remove grass and weeds from the area. If the soil is heavy clay add gypsum at a rate of 3 cups per m2 and compost or cow manure. Mulch with a layer of Sugar Cane or Pea Straw and let the area rest for a few weeks before planting perennials, annuals or veggies.
- In established gardens cut down herbaceous perennials as they finish. Choose a cool day and divide if necessary to rejuvenate the clumps.
- Deadhead roses for a final flush of flowers. If you intend to plant root stock in winter, look around now while they're still in flower
before making your final choice.
- Trim pelargoniums and geraniums.
- Repot plants that have outgrown their pots. Choose a good potting
mix and water with a seaweed solution to settle them in. If you don’t
want to move to a larger container, replace some of the soil around the
root ball with new mix.
- Collect fallen leaves and add them to the compost bin.
- Trim the old flowers from bottlebrushes as they finish their autumn colour.
- Lift and divide lilium bulbs if crowded and replant the firm well-developed bulbs as soon as possible.
- As the weather cools cut back raspberry canes.
- Clean up strawberry plants, removing dead leaves and runners, rejuvenate the bed with new plants if necessary.
- Take hardwood cuttings from deciduous trees and shrubs. Strike them
directly into the ground, where they can stay for the following seasons
before moving them to be planted out.
- Reduce the water for indoor plants and try to keep them away from fires and heaters.
- Plant spring flowering bulbs; daffodils, jonquils, snow drops, freesias, ranunculas, etc.
- Plant spring annuals now; sweet peas, forget me knots, cineraria, lupins, alyssum, poppies, pansies, polyanthus, viola, snapdragons and primula.
- Winter veggies to plant now; broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, silver beet, spinach, onions and leeks.
- Mulch the veggie garden with a fresh layer of Sugar Cane mulch. I find it sweetens the soil and attracts worms!
Have fun maintaining your garden this autumn & you'll enjoy the rewards in spring! Contact us if you're unsure or too busy and would prefer us to do it for you.