August is the beginning of a very busy time in the garden.
Jobs to do now: Lift and divide gerberas. Be sure to cut off all the old foliage before replanting into a well drained, sunny garden bed which has had cow manure dug in. Prune hybrid tea roses, spray bushes with lime sulfur and fertilise with rotted animal manure or complete rose fertiliser, then mulch and deep water. If you remove spent flowers from annuals as well as picking some for the house, they will keep flowering longer. In frost free areas start planting seedlings and sowing seeds of flowers and vegies.
What to plant now
Flowers: Dianthus, marigolds, petunias, zinnias and asters.
Vegies: Beans, beetroot, lettuce, silver beet, shallots, radish and herbs. And make sure you protect your young seedlings from snails.
Its all happening with the Lismore Garden Club. The annual Lismore and District Garden Competition is judged on September 3 and 4 with gardens open to the public from September 9-12. Theres also a morning tea and garden walk at Ray and Fay Hanlons Goonellabah garden on Thursday, September 21, at 9.30am. And dont forget the fabulous coach trip to see the gardens at Mount Tamborine on Sunday, October 1. Anyone is welcome to these events. For info phone me on 6624 7422 or 0421 021 451.
Finally: The success of your garden depends on four things location (aspect), preparation of the soil, moisture and nutrition.
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