The Garden Diaries: Queensland in April

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Hero plant this month: Citrus

This month it’s all about citrus. Oranges, lemons, grapefruits, tangelos, or limes. There’s a great range in store that will add real value to your garden with pretty blossom and produce. Plant one or why not an entire grove?

Citrus thrive in well-drained soil and love full sun. They are hungry feeders, and require fertilising at least every season. If you need advice on what to use, pop into your local Bunnings and ask the experts there.

If you have a small garden, check out the new range of dwarf citrus varieties that grow perfectly in pots. Just use a premium potting mix that will have added goodies including fertiliser and a soil wetter.

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What else to plant

With new breeding, there are many new-look native plant options in-store now.  Callistemons, bottlebrushes or grevilleas are great options - select from trees, shrubs or ground covers.  There will be varieties that are sure to grow well in your garden with its soil and micro-climate.

The good news is, growing native flora also attracts native fauna. The birds love them, so keep an eye out for new feathered friends.

It’s also a good time to consider cinerarias, with their large showy foliage. These plants look awesome in the garden, in borders or in pots. Put them in a sunny to partly shaded position.

There’s nothing like eating home grown produce. Plant seedlings of sweetcorn, peas, capsicum and broccoli. A good tip is to stagger planting to maximise harvest at different times.

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Maintenance

Planting is great but the key to a really blooming garden is maintenance and preparation. Tidy up the vegie beds and remove any plants that are finished to make way for next season’s planting.

Give your soil a boost with a green manure crop. Think about planting oats or legumes. Once grown, dig them back into the soil to add nutrients and improve structure.

Roses benefit from a feed in April. If you need advice on what to use, come into your local store and see the experts.

Mulching is the garden’s best friend, top up where needed to help the soil retain moisture and suppress weeds. Organic products such as Lucerne, or sugar cane are good choices, which will break down over time and improve the soil.

And finally, once you’ve harvested citrus think about giving the tree a trim if needed to improve its shape.

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Harvest

After all the busy work of pruning prepping and planting, comes the best bit, which is the harvest. Pick the lovely leafy green vegetables such as silverbeet, zucchinis, spring onions as well as tomatoes and capsicums.

Get these jobs done in the garden now, so you can sit back and reap the rewards later.

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