The way to manage the shape and size of an established citrus tree is to prune annually. The best window is in late winter to early spring, when flowers are starting to form for the next season’s crop (hold off until late sping in frosty areas). But do not go for the all-over haircut! Here’s … Continue reading It’s time to prune citrus
As winter comes to a close and spring is on the horizon, there’s plenty to get done around the garden. Here are 10 jobs to get you started. Prune repeat-flowering roses in cool-climate areas (and other areas if you haven’t done so already), then wait three weeks and apply a rose fertiliser. Apply a wetting … Continue reading 10 jobs to do in August
If you grow your vegies or fruit trees in pots, it’s important to use a top-notch potting mix. Rather than relying on expensive bagged products, you might like to have a go at making your own. Here are three foolproof recipes, including one for starting from scratch. Vegie potting mix Combine one part compost, one … Continue reading DIY potting mix for edibles
Even in the middle of winter, there are heaps of jobs to do in the garden. Here are 10 to get you started. Dig compost or old manure into empty beds to start preparing them for your spring planting. Prune ornamental grapevines, cutting back close to the main horizontal stems. Rake over ant-created soil mounds … Continue reading 10 jobs to do now
Bagged cow manure versus cow manure blend. Spade versus shovel. Hose water versus rainwater? What’s the difference between these, and does it matter? First of all, cow manure. We all know the pure stuff is more expensive than the blend. So, what’s in them, and does it matter which one you use on the garden? … Continue reading What’s the difference?
Making hardwood cuttings in winter is an easy way to propagate deciduous favourites, such as mulberries, grapes, roses and hydrangeas. Because the plant is dormant and has no leaves, water loss is minimal and successful propagation is greatly enhanced. Once the leaves have finished falling, cut a firm-barked piece of stem. Remove any soft tips … Continue reading Take hardwood cuttings
There’s plenty to keep you busy in the winter garden. Here are some top jobs to take care of now. Water in the morning so foliage has time to dry throughout the day. Plant seedlings of candytuft, primula, calendula, delphinium, dianthus, lupin, larkspur, foxglove and Iceland poppy for colourful blooms in late winter and spring. … Continue reading 10 jobs to do now