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It's September in South Australia and spring is almost upon us. Get out into the garden and start thinking about plants that will provide summer colour and don't forget the vegies.

 

Hero plant this month: Tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum)

If it's warm enough, start thinking about planting tomatoes. There's a huge variety available in sizes and colours ranging from red to black, yellow and striped. When they're home grown, they taste delicious. Tomatoes grow well in pots, hanging baskets or in the ground.

What else to plant

As well as tomatoes, and silverbeet. Carrots do well planted as seed.

It's also a good time to put in shrubs like nandina and murraya, with its sweet orange-scented flowers in summer. Murrayas are a great hedging plant. Plant in full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil. They don't like frosts.

Maintenance

September is a great time to feed the garden so that it's primed and ready for summer. Give fruit trees and vegies a dose of slow release fertiliser. It will give the plants a gentle boost. The fertiliser will activate when the temperature is correct.

Give your lawn a good feed. Don't do it on a super hot day and water in well afterwards. For advice about fertilisers visit the store to seek expert advice.

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Harvest

There should be plenty to pick from your winter garden. Pull leeks, pick lettuce, beetroot and Asian greens. Keep picking rhubarb. It's best to pick stems from the outside of the plant.

Spring is a great time to be out in the garden. The sun is out and the weather is warming up. So make sure you get out into the garden this weekend.

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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.

 

More D.I.Y. Advice

Health & Safety

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.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.