Spring is turning into summer, and there’s lots to do to tidy up, maintain flowering or get new plants in. Here are 10 jobs you can get stuck into this month.
- Pick roses with long stems and bring them indoors to enjoy their fragrance and colour, and to encourage further blooming
- Check the mulch levels on your garden beds and pots, and top up any areas that have thinned out
- Sprinkle a light dusting of sulfate of iron around NSW Christmas bush to help deepen the colour of its bracts
- Prune proteas by cutting back the spent flower stems by about one third
- Keep compost heaps just damp by watering them regularly and covering them with old carpet
- Plant low-growing fan flowers (Scaevola spp.) in large containers where they’ll drape beautifully over the sides of the pot
- Complete as much planting as you can before the summer heat arrives
- Cut back honeysuckle and jasmine after their main flowering has finished
- Watch out for aphids, particularly on roses, citrus and brassicas
- Trim any remaining brown leaves from your spring bulbs once they have completely died down
You’ll find 50 gardening jobs or projects to do this month, including step-by-step guides to making a sweet potato tower and taking succulent cuttings, in the November 2021 issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine, out now.