The Garden Diaries: Victoria In November

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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