The Garden Diaries: Victoria In February

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It’s February and summer is almost finished. But there’s still plenty to do in the garden in Victoria. Here are a few ideas for what to do in your garden this month.

Hero plant this month: Succulents

Let’s start with planting and there is quite a list. For example, succulents are on-trend and all the rage right now, but what is it about these hardy little beauties that is so appealing?

There is a huge range, they can grow almost anywhere, and are low maintenance. So even if you’re new to gardening, or time poor, succulents are the perfect option – kids love them too.

You don’t even need a garden, because they will grow really well inside. They also make great gifts.

Varieties in store include sedums, aloes and haworthias. A favourite is mesembryanthemum or pigface, a hardy succulent, which grows in full-sun and produces brilliantly coloured flowers through summer.

Different varieties of large succulents and cacti

What else to plant

There are lots of vegetables to plant too. Put in some lettuce as well as chard, or silverbeet, eggplants and cucumbers. Plant in fertile, well-drained soil and remember to keep them well watered.

If the weather is hot, keep an eye on young plants, be sure they are well watered or leave them in pots in a sheltered spot until the scorching days have passed.

Cucumber plants

Maintenance

There’s plenty to do to keep your garden in top shape. Start with deadheading by removing spent blooms from plants, it not only keeps them looking good but also stops the plant using its energies to create seed. Instead it puts its resources into new flowers.

Feed plants with a seaweed tonic. It will help them grow and also cope better when there’s a dry spell.

While liquid fertiliser will help plants grow, use caution if using a granular product because plants need to be well watered for the best results with these products in the head. If you need advice about the best fertiliser to use, pop into store and get advice from our experts.

Remove any pesky weeds. Do this before they have time to flower and set seed.

In the hot weather, remember to keep water up to your plants. Ideally an early morning watering regime is best as it allows the plants to access moisture in the heat of the day when they need it most.

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Harvest

This month there’s plenty to harvest too. Pick herbs such as basil, mint, parsley, coriander and thyme. Use them in your favourite dishes, or summer salads. Harvest tomatoes, capsicum, and chillies. Keep an eye on stone fruit such as apricots, nectarines, plums and luscious peaches, which will all be ripening this month. Net trees to prevent the birds feeding on the fruit before you do.

Summer is almost over. But don’t let that stop you from getting out into the garden. There’s heaps to do.

A mix of fruit and vegetables

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