Spring is here, and Gardening Australia is filled with useful tips and tools to ensure that your garden is thriving and blooming this spring!
Visiting your local nursery should be an enjoyable experience, and just a little bit of know-how can go a long way when it comes to shopping for your garden! Make sure you do some homework before you go so that you get the right style and size of pot for your specific plant. When buying plants, look for signs of sickness, pest infestation or being root bound as healthy plants are the ones that will thrive in your garden. Remember, tallest is not always the best, look for a well balanced shape and check branches for any type of damage. Follow planting instructions, and water well and mulch around the plant to retain moisture, stake and watch it grow.
Being a gardener is very satisfying, to be able to grow plants from cuttings and share your blooms with friends. You’ll find instructions on Page 44 if you’d like to grow your own plants from cuttings.
Keep your garden healthy! Some plants become congested over time and they need to be dug up and thinned out. Dwarf Agapanthus is one variety that can be thinned out, using a very sharp knife. Remove dead leaves and damaged roots and replant, sprinkling with a slow release fertiliser, you will be rewarded with blooms in no time. Remember to keep your garden tools clean. After use, clean blades with methylated spirits to sterilise.
With the gap between decent rain falls becoming longer, installing rainwater tanks is becoming a higher priority. Pages 49-52 have a great guide to installing a rain water tank in your garden. Look for spots that are out of the way, or where a tank would fit snugly beside the house. Don’t forget to check with your local council, as you may need a building permit to install a tank.
The colourful Hibiscus is a spring favourite! They can vary in size, and can be grown in pots on the patio or grown into larger shrubs for screening. With their large flowers the bees will thank you. Pruning encourages more flowers and propagating is easy during the warmer months. See Pages 28-31 for more information regarding varieties that will suite your climate, care, pruning and troubleshooting.
This months magazine is full of things to do in your garden! Borrow it now from your local Western Downs Libraries Branch, or read it online for FREE at RB Digital.