Hero plant this month: Palms
Gardeners all love planting. This month we are spoilt for choice. But in Queensland, palms are number one as they are ideal for the climate.
Plant them around pools, for their cool and calming effect or as a bold accent plant. There are varieties that also grow well indoors in pots.
As a general rule, fertilise in spring, summer and autumn. Pop into store for advice about what to use on your palm.
Water deeply and regularly when it’s warm and dry.
What else to plant
Geraniums are another great choice. Known for their prolific and colourful blooms, they are, easy-care, hardy and tolerate full sun.
Osteospermums are also sun lovers. They grow well in pots, or mass plant in the garden for good effect. They thrive in well-drained soil and for a longer blooming season, remove spent flowers.
For a blaze of colour you can’t go past everyone’s summer favourite, petunias. Plant them in a sunny spot in the garden, in pots or hanging baskets. Azaleas and plumeria are also in store to plant too.
Don’t neglect the vegie patch. It’s a good time to plant tomatoes, eggplants and capsicums as they really like the sun.
Watermelons and rock melons will do well too and if you’ve got room put in a few pumpkins too. But remember the vines spread so you’ll need some room. Plant cucumbers, lettuce, beetroot, silverbeet, beans and quick growing radishes.
In October there’s a flush of growth, so it’s the perfect time to get the pruners out.
Remove spent flowers and tip prune grevilleas and callistemons as well as other natives. Pruning now promotes good shape and growth. Prune poinsettias and snow flake after flowering.
Give the garden a dose of fertiliser. But don’t fertilise when the forecast is for hot weather.
Remember to feed natives with a low phosphorous option. If you’ve got any questions about what to feed your garden, pop into store and ask the experts.
Keep water up to shrubs such as gardenias, hydrangeas, and ixoras. They need water to put on their flower show.
Before the heat of summer, is a great time to apply mulch. It helps soil retain moisture and protects plant roots. Lucerne and sugar cane are great options. As they break down, they provide valuable nutrients to the soil. Spread about 5-7cm thick.
When you grow vegies, there’s nothing better than harvest time and a chance to enjoy the fruits of your labour. Pick cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and beans for the table.
There you go, lots to do in the garden in October.
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