When you think about Winter getting out in the garden is not the first thing that springs to mind. But when the winter sun shines on Central Victoria it’s pretty glorious out in the garden. You just need to grab your opportunities when they come and work with Winter…
Before it rains….
….spread compost or fertilizer so it can be gently watered in. Then…
After the rain….
….‘dispose’ of the slugs and snails that are out enjoying the damp – (feed them to your chooks – they love ‘em) instead of using chem-tox. It’s also a perfect time to pull weeds from the softened soil.
In June & July…Time For a Tidy Up!
- Rake the yard and make some mulch.
- Deadhead flowering plants and prune the roses and grape vines – leave the late winter or spring flower shrubs alone though!
- Prepare the veggie patch for winter crops – time to plant broad beans, cabbage, lettuce, marjoram, mint, onion, peas, radish, shallot, snow peas.
In July: Get Bare Rooted!
In winter deciduous plants are dormant, so they can be lifted out of the ground literally with bare roots. Not only is it a great time for transplanting things at home, it’s the perfect time to plant your fruit and nut grove. Planting now means your deciduous plants get a few cool months to establish a root system before the stress of summer heat. Better survival rates – and cheaper trees – winner!
How to Plant Bare Rooted Trees:
- Dig a hole wider than it’s deep and add some organic compost or well- rotted manure.
- Make a mound of soil at the bottom of the hole and spread the roots our evenly.
- Wiggle the tree as you back fill the hole. Don’t bury the tree too deeply and make sure the graft is above the soil line.
- Water it in well and keep the water up to it until it is established.
- If you can’t plant your tree straight away, dig a little hole in the garden and cover the roots with soil completely to stop them drying out.
* For more great gardening tips we look at Flemings Nurseries guides www.flemings.com.au
- The next round of late winter crops can go in the veggie patch – artichoke, asparagus, beetroot, leek, potato, rhubarb crowns, spinach and spring onion.
- Grab some potted color – cheer up the garden, windowsills or front steps with a pot or two of something vibrant like:
- Snap Dragons