The Ornamental Garden
- Prepare soil, remove any weeds and plant out summer and autumn annuals early this month, and apply mulch.
- Water new plantings as necessary.
- Continue to deadhead roses. Support new water shoots on roses with stakes and ties. Watch for sucker growth from below the graft and always remove.
- Dahlias can still be planted, including cutting-grown plants.
- Dianthus can be layered or cuttings taken at any time during the growing season, usually late summer to early autumn.
- Look for autumn-flowering bulbs such as colchicum, sternbergia, lycoris and nerines for planting in the coming two months.
- Finish pruning spring-flowering shrubs and evergreens.
- Deadhead annuals and perennials to prolong flowering.
The Kitchen Garden
- Continue to make regular sowings of autumn-maturing vegetables. Thin earlier sowings and control weeds.
- Make a late planting of tomatoes and capsicums just before Christmas in the warmest spot for a good late crop.
- Begin to harvest crops as soon as they are of usable size.
- Sow more seeds of beans, beetroot, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, cucumber, leek, parsley, potato, pumpkin, radish, silver beet, sweet corn, zucchinis and parsnip (to mid-December).
- Make first sowings of winter vegetables in seed boxes. Only sow enough for your needs and so save space and water.
- Keep watering fruit trees. Netting will prevent bird damage to stone fruit. Check for insect infestations and act to protect your crop.
- This month will see the first touch of really hot weather.
- Mow lawns regularly at a high setting. If you are going away, arrange for someone to mow the lawn for you.
- When watering the lawn, apply Saturaid or a similar product to make the best use of your water. Mulch all those areas not already covered and keep soil lightly aerated under the mulch to help water penetrate.
- Water wisely, preferably when it’s cooler. Adjust timers on automatic systems.
- Plants are an unforgettable gift but a pair of good quality secateurs will give years of service. The Canberra Gardener is also a great gift for anyone wishing to create or maintain a garden in a cold climate.