The Garden Diaries: Tasmania in December

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The Garden Diaries: Tasmania in December

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Gardening in Tasmania in December is fantastic. Fruit and vegetables are ripening, it’s warm and the days are getting longer. Here are some tips to keep your garden in shape in Tassie.

Hero plant this month: Poinsettias

In December, it’s all about edibles and colour for the table.

Poinsettias are in store and looking great. They make excellent Christmas gifts, or can be used as centrepieces for the table. Keep them indoors in a spot that gets indirect light and only water when the plant is dry. Make sure you prune them back after flowering, and plant in a larger pot or in the garden.

Poinsiettas

What else to plant

Plant summer colour such as alyssum, as well as marigolds and lobelia. Keep the water up to them and they’ll reward with stunning flowers through the summer.

Every yard needs some citrus, and it’s a perfect time to plant a lemon or lime tree. Both grow well in pots, with a good quality potting mix, as well as the garden. Keep the water up to fruit trees planted now as they get established.

Put in some herbs for continuous summer picking. Most herbs like full sun, however mint prefers a shady spot and to be kept contained in a pot.

Plant beans, capsicums, leeks and lettuce to ensure a supply of summer salads.

A lemon tree

Maintenance

There are plenty of jobs to do this month.

Keep up with the pruning around the garden, remove dead wood and spent flowers. This keeps plants tidy and promotes new growth.

Use a complete fertiliser on the vegie patch. Water in the fertiliser and avoid applying on a really hot day.

Watering is important as the days heat up so check irrigation systems are in good order. Get into good watering habits. It’s best to water in the morning and for longer periods as this will encourage deep plant roots. Before turning on sprinklers, remember to check with your local authority about water regulations and possible restrictions in your area.

A good tip to maintaining a healthy lawn is to raise the mower height. Longer grass means cooler soil at root level.

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Harvest

There’s nothing like picking your own produce from the patch. In December expect to be picking cucumber, chillies should be starting to ripen, pick potatoes, beans, blueberries, broccoli and kale.

It’s summer. The days are long and beautiful, so get out into the garden this weekend in Tasmania.

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