If my memory and my rainfall records serve me correctly, this spring is probably the best conditions, as far as gardening is concerned, in quite a while. This is reflected in the growth and radiance of all things flora, in particular the cultivated, flowering native plants. They are the best that I can remember. While the weather remains comparatively mild we should be busy planting fruit trees, shrubs and trees, fruiting and flowering vines and annual and perennial flowers and vegies.
Most plants get a much better start if they are planted with the addition of a good quality potting mix in the hole with them. You should also water them in with tepid seaweed tonic to offset the shock of transplanting. Then be sure to mulch around them to sustain them long term. With seedlings, be certain to protect them with snail bait as well.
What to plant now:
Flower seedlings (not seed, its a bit late): nemesia, livingstone daisy, phlox, petunia, marigold, amaranthus, cockscomb, coleus and roses from pots.
Vegies: Beans, beetroot, carrots, cucumber, herbs, lettuce, marrow, melon, spring onion, pumpkin, radish, rhubarb, silverbeet, squash, sweet corn, tomato and zucchini.
The Lismore Garden Clubs next social outing is on Thursday, October 26, to the water-wise garden of Tom and Gloria Dunbar at Koonorigan. Their garden features lots of outstanding bromeliads and clivias. We will enjoy afternoon tea and a walk, and you dont have to be club member to go. We will travel by car pool. If youd come along, phone me on 6624 7422 or 0421 021 451.
Finally: The Lord God took man and put him in the garden of Eden to till and keep it. Genesis 2:15
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