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In South Australia, winter is in full swing, so your garden might be looking a little sleepy. But it's a great time to do some preparation and planning for the upcoming seasons. So, don't kick back just yet, there's plenty to do in your garden in June in South Australia.

 

Hero plant this month: Bagged roses

This month, it's all about bare rooted roses, which come bagged and ready to plant. Select a sunny spot, dig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots and plant your rose. Keep moist until established. Fertilise when it starts to grow and shoot and in a few months you'll be rewarded with showy blooms.

Two bags of bush roses sitting on a stone step

What else to plant

Add some colour by popping in some flowering annuals. Good choices include polyanthus, which have cheery colourful flowers, and grow well in a pot. Keep them well watered. Calendulas are another good option. Mass plant for their apricot, yellow and orange blooms. Cornflower, pansies, viola and snapdragon can also be planted in June too. To prolong flowering remove spent blooms. 

Don't neglect the vegie patch either. If you sowed vegie seeds last month, they should be ready to plant out into the garden.

Think about putting in strawberries. If space is at a premium, grow them in pots or hanging baskets. Select a sunny spot and plant in well-drained soil. Mulch with lucerne, pea or sugar cane straw to protect the plants as they grow and also ensure the fruit is kept clean. 

It's a good time to plant rhubarb, which is hardy, productive and easy to grow. Before planting, prepare the soil with well-rotted manure and compost. Globe artichokes, with their striking architectural foliage are also good to get in now too. They prefer a sunny position, well-drained soil and need a little room.

three young potted strawberry plants sitting side by side on a stone step

Maintenance

This month keep the garden nourished and water on a seaweed solution. This will help boost plant resilience and also encourage root growth.

While weed growth slows down during winter, it's important to stay vigilant and pull young weeds, which are easier to whip out.

Add a layer of mulch to garden beds too. It will help protect the soil, plant roots and suppress weeds. If you're using pea straw, it will also add nutrients to the soil as it breaks down.

hand planting a small plant in a garden bed

Harvest

June is a good month to harvest ripe citrus. Pick lemons and limes, which are always handy in cooking. Harvest celery, broccoli and cabbages as they are ready.

So, don't neglect your garden this weekend. Get outside in the fresh, cool winter air…enjoy it and get those jobs done.

Harvest of various fruit and vegetable sitting on an outdoor table including broccoli, limes, lemons, celery and lettuce

Our Perfect Plant Promise

Remember the Perfect Plant Promise. All our plants (except seedlings) are guaranteed for 12 months. If you're not 100 percent happy, return your plant (with the receipt or tax invoice) and we'll refund it.

Start planting today

Check out the wide range of plants online or visit your local Bunnings Warehouse to find out how you can bring your garden to life.

 

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Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

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