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Different varieties of Petunia seedlings in bright colours.
Spring is a great time to be in the garden in Victoria. The sun is shining and there is no better place to be than out in the garden. It’s when we really come into our own as the Garden State.

Hero plant this month: Turf

This month is a great time to plant turf. Turf is cooling and great for kids to play on.

If you're thinking turf, Sir Walter Buffalo is a good all-rounder to try. It's an Aussie-bred variety, which is suited to the conditions in Victoria. It's tough, soft and good looking. Even better, it suits shade and full sun. It doesn't need a lot of water and will grow near the coast.

Spacious lawn with plants around the outside.

What else to plant

It's also a great time to get in some colour ready for the Festive Season. Petunias are a good choice. These annuals pack a punch and suit a sunny position. Plant them in a pot or a hanging basket. Use a quality potting mix. For a longer flowering season, remove spent blooms regularly.

Alyssum, cosmos and begonias are also great options to get in now. Cosmos have pretty flowers, bloom throughout the summer and are surprisingly hardy.

Don't neglect the vegie patch either. It's a great time to plant some summer vegies. Eggplant, capsicum, sweet corn, cucumber, zucchini and pumpkin are all good choices for this month. Try some Diggers heirloom seedlings that are available in a range of different colours and flavours.

Three seedlings in pots.

Maintenance

It's mid-way through spring and there are plenty of maintenance jobs to do in the garden.

Give plants a boost with liquid feed. They'll thank you for it later. Look after pots and add some slow release fertiliser so they thrive.

Mulch is your best friend this month. Get it on the garden before the weather heats up. It will protect plant roots and the soil.  Use pea straw or lucerne. These are great options because as they break down, they improve the soil. Apply to a thickness of between 5-7cm.

Keep an eye on weeds.  As the weather warms, they grow quickly. Pull them out by hand when they are young, it's easier to do when the soil is moist. Be sure to do this job before they flower and set seed.

If your soil needs improving, add gypsum and compost to help improve the structure.

Woman opening bag of fertiliser next to lemon tree.

Harvest

There's nothing better than picking vegetables and herbs for the table. They are fresh and taste great. This month, pick salad greens, silverbeet, snow peas and pull carrots. Parsley and other quick growing herbs will thrive with regular picking. Pick to use in cooking or put them in a vase inside.

Harvested vegetables on a table including snowpeas, carrots and lettuce.

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.

 

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