The Garden Diaries: South Australia in March

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It’s March in South Australia, which means the lovely autumn weather has arrived. The days are much cooler, the weather is milder and it’s a great time to be out in the garden. Here are some ideas to keep your garden in tip top shape this month.

Hero plant this month: Seedlings

It’s a great time of year to get new season’s vegies and flower seedlings in your garden. There’s a fantastic range to choose from in-store.  

Depending on what you choose, seedlings are ideal planted in the garden, in pots or hanging baskets. Different sized pots clustered together work well on a balcony, patio or verandah. Most thrive in a sunny spot and love fertile, well-drained soil.

Have some fun and try mixtures of flowers and vegetables together. Lobelias, a favourite with brilliant blue, pink or purple flowers, will trail over a hanging basket. Or mix well with dianthus and calendula. For variety, add some pick and come again lettuces.

When combining different plants in the same pot, be sure to select species with the same water and sun requirements.

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There’s nothing like the taste of home grown produce. It’s time to put in seedlings now for winter. Plant brassicas such as broccoli and cauliflower, in a sunny spot. Keep an eye out for caterpillars of the cabbage white butterfly, which love these seedlings. Silverbeet and spinach are also ideal choices for this time of year.

If your herb patch looks a bit tatty, give it a rejuvenation with parsley, marjoram and thyme.

For something a bit different, try the on-trend stevia sugar plant. Its leaves are very sweet and often used as a sugar substitute. Frost sensitive, plant the stevia in a sunny spot, in well-drained soil for best results. Eat the sweet leaves fresh, or dry to use as a powder.

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Maintenance

There’s plenty to do in the garden, which is sure to be ready for a tidy up after summer. First up, get out the pruners and trim evergreen shrubs then remove any deadwood to encourage new growth. 

It’s also the perfect time to cut back herbaceous perennials, which have finished flowering and remove any dead foliage and wood.

Garden beds will be hungry, so add some organic matter and compost. This will help encourage beneficial microorganisms and enrich the soil for your next crops.

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Harvest

While it’s coming to the end of the season for summer vegies, there’s still plenty to harvest. Pick tomatoes, capsicum, eggplant and chillies. Eggplant should continue into autumn.

Autumn is the best time to be in the garden. The sun’s heat is gone, the air is cool, and the soil is moist and easy to dig. So, get out there and enjoy it this weekend.

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