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Winter gardening tips

We are very fortunate in that winter in the vast majority of Australia is not too harsh for gardening. It is a time when you can still be planting, pruning and growing your winter vegetables.

Perfect to prune

  • Unless you are in a frosty area then your roses will be ready for a prune. Remember that roses love a good hard prune leaving only a few main stems.

  • Hydrangea, wisteria and grapes will also be ready for a prune once bare.

  • If you have gardenias these are best left till early August for their main pruning.

  • Ornamental grasses can be cut down almost to ground level so they will come back stronger than ever.

  • To prepare your lawn spray for bindii as soon as you see their leaves appear.

  • If you have frangipani, or a friend with a tree, now is the time for cuttings. Cut your ready made tree, leave for a few weeks to dry out then plant in a sandy soil mix and support with stakes.

Watering

While many plants take winter as a period of rest others need your care. Spring bulbs, winter flowering natives and your flowering hedges are all active. This activity needs water and fertiliser to ensure its best work can take place.


Jobs to do

Feed up your citrus with an all purpose fertiliser late July

Plant - carrots, spring onions, leeks, radishes, peas, strawberries

Seeds - tomatoes, eggplant, capsicum in planters so once they are ready the garden soil will have warmed and be ready to plant.


Herbs and Vegetables

Plant herbs - Thyme, rosemary, parsley, basil and mint

Vegetables

Carrots - While they grow all year round they love winter and are perfect for a lot of your cooking. Make sure to never let the soil dry out.

Broccoli - Loves a sunny spot and a good drink of water.

Garlic - Don't water until they have germinated, then water to keep moist but not wet.

Spinach - Water regularly and feed once you see seedlings. These are fast growers so you will be harvesting in 6 to 8 weeks.


So as you can see there are plenty of tasks for you to enjoy over winter. If you need a hand with your gardens just get in touch with the team at Dolphin Property.

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