The Garden Diaries: Queensland in March

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Hero plant this month: Herbs and seedlings

Annuals give great colour in the garden. Petunias and vincas are good options but there’s a great range in-store to choose from.

If you aren’t already, then try growing your own herbs. It’s not only a great way to save money but they taste better too, because you can pick what you need straight from the garden. Most are easy to grow with just a little care. Generally, herbs like a sunny spot and fertile well drained soil.

Plant what you and your family like to eat and use in your cooking. Good choices for the garden are parsley and basil, another winner is rosemary. You can also use it as a border plant and is great hedged. There are prostrate varieties that make ideal ground covers.  

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It’s a good time to put in mandevillas too. They come in colours ranging from pinks through to white. Grow these hardy sun lovers on a trellis or up the side of a wall – they will need some support. But a word of warning, they are poisonous, so keep them away from your pets and children.

Cannas are another unsung hero of the garden with their tropical looking foliage. They are hardy and look great mass planted. Give them a cut back after flowers have finished.

It’s a good time to rejuvenate the vegie patch in March. Think what you and your family love to eat and get planting. Eggplants, beans and carrots are some of the options to put in now. 

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There’s lots to do in the garden this month. It’s the perfect time to get stuck into some maintenance tasks now the weather has cooled.

First up, get out the pruners and tidy up any hedging plants. For example, murrayas will need a trim to shape. Pruning promotes new growth and keeps plants looking good. Remove spent summer annuals to make way for new planting.

It’s a great time to prepare beds for winter vegies by adding compost and manure. Dig these goodies in before planting the next season’s crops.

Top up mulch to help retain moisture and suppress weeds. Use an organic mulch like Lucerne or sugar cane that will break down over time and add nutrients to the soil.

Finally, add some fertiliser to herbaceous plants. They’ll appreciate the boost and put on a good autumn show.

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One of the best things about gardening, aside from beautiful flowers, is the harvest. This month you could be picking watermelon, lettuce (pick as you need it) cucumber, eggplant and sweet potato.

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