Winter planting, harvesting, garden maintenance

Winter planting, harvesting, garden maintenance

Winter is here… and due to Australia’s varying  climatic zones, planting can continue in some regions throughout this chilly period. That said, low  temperatures can still be problematic and gardeners  in cold areas may be better off planning and preparing for the spring and summer seasons to come.

Winter planting

 There  are  some plants that will stand up to these colder months quite well. In most regions, except for sub-tropical and dry inland areas, it is the perfect time to focus on your herb garden. Dill, marjoram, oregano, mint, sage, thyme and garlic bulbs can all be either potted or direct planted. Spinach can be planted in all areas, while silver beet should be avoided in tropical areas, sub-tropical and temperate climates. In southern  regions of Australia, from Melbourne across to Perth, artichokes, asparagus, broad beans, carrots, lettuce, peas and radishes can all be planted throughout the colder months. In cooler areas, you can plant out deciduous fruit trees like apples, pears, apricots, peaches, nectarines, cherries and plums. In warmer areas up north, fig trees, mangoes, avocados, macadamias, pistachios and vines can be planted out.

Winter garden maintenance

Although it may be cold outdoors in some areas,  it’s not the time  to fall idle! There are still many smaller jobs you can take care of to prepare for the upcoming seasons. Weeding is a continuous task that should be carried out at least once a week. Clearing any debris or fallen leaves can protect against disease. Taking stock of garden products and aids now will save you time and frustration later on. Ordering stakes, netting, trellises, ground covers and wire now will mean they are ready and waiting when the time comes to use them. You can also start ordering seeds for the coming months. Checking over, repairing and sharpening tools can be done now, as well as servicing mowers and whipper snipers. Blades may also need sharpening or replacing.  When you’ve finished all that, start planning the layout of your garden for the next few seasons! Rotational planting is great for your soil and protects against disease. 

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