The Garden Diaries: Tasmania in November

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What else to plant

This month plant some annuals too for colour. Alyssum is a good choice. Plant these hardy annuals in a pot, or in the garden and they’ll put on a great show for Christmas.

Other choice plants are polygalas and euphorbias with their colourful, showy bracts. Plant them in a sunny or part shaded position in well-drained soil.

We all love eating what we’ve grown. November is a great time to plant some edibles. For quicker results plant seedlings of celery and leeks. Asian greens are good to get in too. And if you haven’t already, then be sure to plant some tomatoes.

Plant beetroot and carrot seed straight into the garden. Carrot seedlings don’t transplant well, so growing them from seed, rather than seedlings is a better option.

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Maintenance

There are plenty of jobs to do too.

Lightly prune natives such as grevilleas as they finish flowering.

Keep up with fertilising all around the garden as this will promote growth. In addition, regular doses of seaweed solution will help plants grow strong roots.

Watering needs vary, but as the weather warms, plants start to dry out. Water deeply as needed and keep an eye on pots.

To improve the soil structure in the vegie patch as well as elsewhere in the garden, add organic matter and gypsum.

Keep up with mulching too. Mulching around strawberry bushes helps protect the fruit and keeps it off the soil. Add mulch to fruit trees too. Pea straw or Lucerne are good alternatives. As they break down, they add nutrients to the soil.

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Harvest

There’s plenty to pick in November. Harvest Asian greens, potatoes, beans, kale, silverbeet and herbs. Pick bunches to use in your cooking.

Getting out into the garden is good exercise and rewarding too. So, make the most of it and get into the garden this weekend.

 

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