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What to do in your garden during winter!

Winter is a slower time of the year in the garden, but is a still great time for the planting vegetables that like the colder conditions. Broad beans, peas, cabbage, spinach and turnips are all frost resistant.

Pruning is a great way to not only tidy up the garden but also stimulate growth, and winter is the ideal time to do it. So, get out your secateurs, snips, loppers and saw and get cutting, especially if you are growing fruit/ornamental deciduous trees, roses, hydrangeas, fuchsias and hibiscus.

Although many plants are resting, spring bulbs, winter-flowering natives and flowering hedges are growing actively. Keep these watered and fertilised for peak performance.

WINTER GARDENING JOBS
  • Feed citrus in late July, using an all-purpose citrus fertiliser.
  • Keep sowing carrots, spring onions, leeks, broad beans, radishes, English spinach and peas.
  • If you haven’t planted asparagus and rhubarb crowns yet, don’t delay. Strawberries can also go in now.
  • Start seeds of tomatoes, eggplant and capsicum on a warm windowsill, ready for planting when the soil warms.
VEGETABLES TO GROW IN WINTER
  • Carrots: Grown all year round, carrots can withstand a large variety of temperatures. However, these veggies go great in those winter broths and soups. To ensure you get the best out of your carrots make sure that your soil doesn’t dry out, water regularly and keep the soil moist for the first two weeks of germination.
  • Broccoli: Broccoli loves to grow in a nice sunny spot, so make sure you position your growing produce where they will receive some rays of sunshine. Remember to give your veggies a good drink of water and keep the soil most.
  • Garlic: A great tip for growing garlic is to not water your soil until your cloves have germinated, which will occur approximately two weeks after planting. Following this, ensure you water the soil often enough so that it remains moist but not wet.
  • Spinach: Don’t forget to water your growing spinach regularly and feed once seedlings begin to emerge with a plant food and soil improver that feeds your crops above and below the ground by creating a balanced and sustainable growing environment for bigger, healthier crops. Depending on the type of spinach variety you’re growing, it should be ready to enjoy in six to eight weeks.
HERBS TO GROW
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Winter Savory

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