The Garden Diaries: Western Australia in December

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Hero plant this month: Poinsettias

This month, poinsettias are the focus. Their colourful, showy bracts make them a favourite for the festive season. They make a great table setting or give them away as a Christmas gift.

Keep them indoors in a spot that gets indirect sunlight, prune back after flowering, and put them into a bigger pot or plant them in the garden.

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What else to plant

Bougainvilleas are another asset for the garden. With their bold colours, they pack a punch for impact. Plant as a ground cover or let your ‘bougie’ climb a trellis. There are also compact and smaller growing dwarf varieties that suit pots. Some say they thrive on neglect, but plant in full sun for good results.

Woolly bush is another option to plant now.

If you haven’t got any citrus, this month is a good time to start planting. Lemons and limes are great options for pots. Use a quality potting mix, keep them well watered and fertilise regularly for best results.

Give the vegie patch some love too. Plant in full sun, herbs such as basil, thyme, chives, dill and rosemary. Plant directly into the garden, carrot and beetroot seed. If you like it hot, pop in some chillies. Cucumbers are good to go too, but watch out for really hot sun as it could burn the plants. If you haven’t already, plant some zucchini, they are prolific producers, so don’t overdo it.

Potted climbing plants

Maintenance

There are lots of maintenance jobs to do too.

Give pot plants some love. Re-pot any that are looking tired and be sure to use a quality potting mix. Always wear a mask and gloves when handling potting mix. Mulch is great to protect your plants from the heat.

Add a wetting agent to the soil as part of your regular maintenance program before the summer heat really hits, this will help the soil retain moisture.

Water early in the morning, before it gets too hot. This will keep the garden hydrated for longer and reduce the risk of fungal disease. Before running your sprinkler or irrigation system, always check with your authority about water restrictions in your area.

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Harvest

In December, there are lots of fruit and vegies to harvest for the table. Eggplant and capsicum should be starting to ripen as should rock melon and water melons. Pick the last of the broccoli and cabbage, tomatoes are ready as is basil.

So there you go, lots of inspiring ideas for what to do in the garden this month. Get out there and make it happen this weekend.

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