The Garden Diaries: Western Australia in February

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While it’s the last month of summer, but in February in Western Australia there’s still plenty to plant and lots to do. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Hero plant this month: Succulents and cacti

This month is a great time of the year to be planting cacti and succulents. These little guys are low maintenance and easy to plant, but don’t forget your gloves! They are great to get into if you’re new to gardening and kids love them too.

A favourite are crassulas. They come in a range of different shapes, sizes and colours. They are hardy and will grow almost anywhere. For example, grow them inside or outside in a pot or in the garden. Be sure to plant them in a sunny well-drained spot and don’t over water.

Different varieties of large succulents and cacti

What else to plant

For a hot dry spot, consider the hardy and low maintenance yucca. With their architectural foliage, they make a bold statement in a pot or the garden as a feature plant. But don’t put them near paths as the plant has sharp, thorny leaf tips. 

Put in some edibles too. While it’s still too hot to be planting seedlings into the ground, consider pots or planters so it’s possible to move them around to make the most of the sun and shady positions. For example, move them out of the hot afternoon sun and into a more sheltered spot.

Try growing herbs such as basil, coriander, or oregano. Select a good size pot and use a quality potting mix. It’s also a good time to plant beetroot, which will grow well in a container.  

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Maintenance

It’s almost the end of summer, but the weather is still really hot so make sure young plants and potted seedlings are well watered. A good tip is to water in the morning to ensure plants have enough moisture to last through the day.

Keep an eye on fruit trees and citrus, they will need watering to ensure the trees bear fruit. Pot plants will also benefit from regular watering. They dry out very quickly in the heat.

To help retain moisture in the garden, add a wetting agent and cover with mulch. The mulch will help protect plant roots and keep weeds at bay too. 

Apply a seaweed solution to the entire garden, as well as pots. This helps resilience, immunity and strong roots in plants.

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Harvest

This month expect to harvest produce such as radish, pumpkin and strawberries. A good tip when harvesting pumpkins is to pick with some stalk, or a handle, as this will extend its storage life. Regular picking will encourage better crops.

A mix of fruit and vegetables

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