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It's June in Victoria and you can certainly feel the winter is here. It's colder and there is less daylight but that shouldn't stop you from getting out into the garden. So, throw on a warm jacket and get out and prepare your garden for spring. Here are some great ideas for what to do to keep your garden in tip top shape in Victoria.

 

Hero plant this month: Bagged roses

While it might be getting cooler, this month, is the perfect time to plant bare rooted roses, which come bagged. Roses are hardy and will reward your garden with their beautiful flowers. 

Select a sunny spot, dig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots and plant your rose. Keep moist until establish and fertilise when your rose starts to grow and shoot. In a few months you'll be rewarded with showy blooms.

Three bagged rose plants with identification tags on them

What else to plant

Add some colour by popping in some flowering annuals. Good choices include showy primulas, which their mass of cheery flowers. Plant in the garden or a pot in a sunny spot and keep them well watered.

Calendulas are another good option. Mass plant for their apricot, yellow and orange blooms. Pansies and violas can also be planted in June too. To prolong flowering remove spent blooms and they'll reward right through until the summer.

Don't neglect the vegie patch either. Plant edibles such as cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower.

If you and your kids love strawberries, then put some of these in too. If space is at a premium, grow them in pots or hanging baskets. Select a sunny spot and plant in well-drained soil. Mulch with lucerne, pea or sugar cane straw to protect the plants as they grow and also ensure the fruit is kept clean. 

Close up of giant duo flowers

Maintenance

Even in the depths of winter, plants are still feeding and hungry for nutrients. Add some seaweed solution to the soil. This will help build plant resilience and promote strong root growth.

Keep an eye on weeds. Pull them when they're young will save time later.

Add a layer of mulch too. It will help protect the soil, your plant's roots and suppress weeds. If you're using pea straw, it will also add nutrients to the soil as it breaks down.

Finally keep an eye on watering needs in your garden. Pots tend to dry out, so give them a regular sprinkle.

Closeup of person spraying Seasol seaweed solution through a hose attachment

Harvest

With the cooling weather in June, harvest loose leaf lettuce. But this month it's all about citrus. Pick lemons, limes, and juicy cumquats, which are perfect for homemade marmalade.

So, rug up and get out into the garden this winter. Enjoy the invigorating but chilly air….You'll be glad you made the effort and your garden will too!

harvest of lettuce, oranges and lemons

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.

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.

 

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