The Garden Diaries: Queensland in June

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While Queensland is considered tropical, in June the temperature can drop, so it gets a little chilly. But don’t let that stop you getting out into the garden. Here are a few ideas for what to do in your garden in Queensland at this time of year.

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Plant them in well-drained soil or specialised potting mix and put them in a spot that gets plenty of sun. Avoid over-watering especially in winter when they tend to be slower growing.

What else to plant

Add some colour by popping in some flowering annuals. Good choices include pansies and favourites, violas. For flowering colour and hardiness you can’t beat them. The bees love them too. Plant pansies and violas in a sunny spot, remove spent flowers and fertilise regularly and they’ll reward with blooms for months.

Other great options for an explosion of colour include snapdragons and chrysanthemums. Both are sun lovers and will also grow well in pots.

A garden doesn’t have to be just pretty. Get it working to provide for your dinner plate and put in some edibles. It’s a good time to plant into fertile, well-drained soil, brassicas such as brussels sprouts as well as beans and carrots. Plant carrot seed straight into the garden bed.

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Maintenance

June is the perfect time to re-pot your patio plants. Be sure to use a quality potting mix. If you’re not sure what is best for your plant, ask a team member at your local store for some advice.

As a general rule, potted plants need re-potting every 12 to18 months. Over time nutrients leech from the mix, so you’ll know when it starts to shrink from the edge of the pot that it’s time for a refresh.

Give the vegie patch some love too by adding some fresh compost or manure. Mix it through the bed to rejuvenate the soil so it’s ready for new plantings.

Add a layer of mulch to your garden beds or vegie patch. It will help lock in moisture and suppress weeds. If you’re using pea straw, it will add nutrients to the soil as it breaks down.  

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Harvest

Even though it’s winter, there’s still plenty to pick for the dinner table. Ready to pick this month are cabbages, cauliflowers, silverbeet as well as sugar snap peas and snow peas, which are delicious and crunchy.

It’s great being out in the garden in June. There’s nothing like being outside and in the sun to helps work off the winter blues. So, give it a crack this weekend.

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