Autumn in the Garden

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April is a wonderful time in the garden. Mid Autumn. We’re getting more rain to ease that summer suffering but still plenty of sun and warmth. It’s the perfect time to really plan what you want out of spring. Do you want colourful bulbs to make your garden pop? Or garlic for next summer? Or fresh salad leaves (like that beautiful lettuce below!)? Or do your summer flowers need their spent heads trimmed before winter sets in?

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Perhaps, like me sometimes, you just don’t know where to start. I often walk out into my garden with the best of intentions, only to get overwhelmed, sigh, and curl up inside under a rug reading a book. The key to avoiding this, I have found, is to appreciate that every garden is always a work in progress. And appreciate that even five minutes of weeding is better than no weeding at all.

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Photo courtesy of the lovely Diggers Club

 

But, if you’ve got more than five minutes, here are some ideas:

  • Plant some garlic!
  • Do some mid-autumn leaf collection for home-made mulch
  • Plant veggies: peas, greens (rocket, silverbeet, kale, kohlrabi, spinach, lettuce, asian greens), rhubarb, celery, spring onions, turnips, carrots, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbages, radishes
  • Plant bulbs: tulips, ixias, hyacinth, freesias, daffodils, bluebells, ranunculus, tritonia, jonquils, lillies (in may)
  • Plant annuals: english daisies, verbena, carnations, cornflowers, marigolds, pansies, alyssum, canterbury bells, polyanthus, wallflowers, calendula
  • Plant herbs: corriander, oregano, mint, chives, thyme
  • Put down mulch to protect your more sensitive plants’ roots for the winter ahead
  • If you like roses, research in April for a May planting
  • And give everything some love. In the form of blood and bone. Or fertiliser. Or compost. It all helps.

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