The Garden Diaries: Western Australia in April

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Hero plant this month: Citrus

This month the focus is on citrus. There’s no doubt that gardens need at least one citrus tree.

Select from a few common varieties including limes, lemons and oranges. With glossy foliage and beautiful blossom, they’re an asset to the landscape. With the added bonus that in the right conditions, they will produce great quantities of fruit.

If you’re short on space think about planting a dwarf tree. They’ll grow well in pots just be sure to choose a pot that’s large enough for your tree, water regularly and use a quality potting mix.

Choose a sunny spot and keep in mind, citrus are hungry feeders so will need fertilising at least seasonally.

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Why not think about growing some roses? There are plenty in-store now. Select from a range of varieties as well as flower colours and perfumed specimens. These hardy plants thrive in full sun.

Don’t neglect the vegie patch. April is a good time to plant lettuce.

Carrots and beetroot are better planted as seed straight into the ground. Put in onions and garlic too. Plant garlic cloves now, so they’ll be ready to harvest by December. Garlic is ready to pick when the tops die down.

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Maintenance

April is a great time to continue sprucing up your garden. The summer flowering plants should be ready for a good clear out. Remove any that are finished. For perennials, prune off any dead growth or spent flowers.

Feed your vegie patch with a complete fertiliser, it will contain all the nutrients your plants need. If you need advice about what to get, pop into your local Bunnings and ask our experts.

Don’t neglect roses. Remove spent flowers and give them a boost with some fertiliser.

Keep an eye on plant watering needs as Autumn rains can be sporadic. Pots and planters tend to dry out more rapidly, so be sure to keep them well watered. Add some wetting agents to help keep the soil moist.

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Harvest

In April there should be plenty to harvest, so don’t let it go to waste! Chillies and tomatoes should be coming to the end of the season making sure you are picking the last from the bushes. Harvest lettuces, beetroot and bunches of herbs such as basil or coriander.

As the weather cools, it’s a great time to be out in the garden in WA. So, make the most of it this weekend.

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