Spring gardens boosted

Sunflowers are one of the beautiful blooms that flower during spring.
Sunflowers are one of the beautiful blooms that flower during spring.

SOME purists will say spring does not start until September 22, but I always look forward to the first weeks of September as it always provides a month of nice weather.

As to what this spring will be, it is like picking winning Lotto numbers; but rain in July and lack of westerly winds in August have provided a boost to all gardens in the region.

Springtime in Central Queensland is the time when a gardener's fancy turns to thoughts of the annual garden competitions.

For many, this means adding a finishing touch to gardens that have been worked in, all year round.

However, for many others who are not quite so dedicated, now is the time to begin sprucing up your potentially prize-winning garden.

This means spring heralds the busiest times for gardeners, and deciding what to put on the "To Do" list becomes important.


Vegetable gardens

The weather is perfect for the preparation of vegie garden.

Remember if you are not using fresh garden soil you may need to open and aerate the soil, as soil tends to harden up and compact after the winter rain.

All of the following can be planted in the next weeks:

  • Beans (dwarf and climbing)
  • Beetroot
  • Capsicum
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Choko
  • Cress
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Herbs (any)
  • Lettuce
  • Marrow
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish
  • Rockmelon
  • Rosella
  • Spring onion
  • Squash
  • Sweet corn
  • Silver beet
  • Sweet potato
  • Tomato
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini


Flower gardens

It is easy to be inspired by the colour and perfume of annuals that are in flower during spring.

With this year being the first in more than a decade that we start spring with the ground moist, a flower garden could inspire.

Perfect Spring Blooms:

  • Alyssum
  • Amaranthus
  • Aster
  • Balsam
  • Begonia
  • Celosia
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Celosia
  • Cockscombs
  • Cosmos
  • Gazania
  • Geranium
  • Gomphrena
  • Marigold
  • Nasturtium
  • Petunia
  • Phlox
  • Portulaca
  • Rudbeckias
  • Salvia
  • Sunflower
  • Torenia
  • Verbena
  • Zinnias


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