There’s lots to do around the garden at this time of year. Here’s a list of jobs to do now.
- Take cuttings from your favourite lavender varieties and pot them up into a sandy, well-drained mix
- Prepare citrus for winter cropping by feeding, watering and, if needed, topping up mulch
- Buy and plant the less common flowering bulbs, such as baboon flower (Babiana stricta), tritonia, blood lily (Scadoxus spp.) and chincherinchee (Ornithogalum thyrsoides)
- Pick browning stephanotis pods and put them in a paper bag until they split and release their seeds, ready for sowing
- Adjust irrigation systems to reduce watering frequency as the weather cools
- Lift dahlia tubers after the plants have died down, and store them in a dry, airy place until next year
- Prepare sites for the winter planting of deciduous trees by checking drainage and digging in some aged compost and manure
- Continue applying liquid fertiliser to autumn-flowering bulbs until their leaves have browned and completely died back
- Deadhead roses to prolong their autumn blooming
- Move cold-sensitive container plants into a protected spot for the coming winter, especially if you experience early frosts
You’ll find more than 50 gardening projects and tips this month, including how to prepare an asparagus bed, blanch celery and prune plants damaged by summer heat, in the April issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine, out now.