Thursday, 1 May 2014

Gardeners' Tips - May 2014

Regularly turn your compost heaps and sprinkle them with chook manure or similar organic fertiliser to accelerate even composting.

It's a good time to plant beetroot, burdock (as recommended by Steve McGrane), broad beans, kale, silverbeet, peas and winter vegies such as cauliflower and cabbage, as well as those herbs and vegies that tend to bolt in the summer, eg lettuce, coriander etc (ensuring protection from frost). You may have seen on Gardening Australia that Jerry Colby-Williams planted cherry tomatoes as there are less pests and diseases during the cooler months, so one would assume they should be good to plant here in Coffs too!

Propagate native plants using semi-hardwood cuttings. Use a fresh propagating mix made to Australian Standards.

Control algae on paths and fences by spraying with one part vinegar to five parts water.

Plant canna lily, alstroemeria, ranunculus and jonquil for fantastic spring displays.

Paw Paws - time to apply wettable sulphur every 2-4 weeks from late autumn to spring covering both sides of the leaves as well as the fruit to prevent fungal diseases in winter.

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