The garden diaries: Western Australia in July

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The garden diaries: Western Australia in July

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July is a great time of year to be gardening in Western Australia. It’s a lot more fun to be in the garden now when it’s cooler as everything is growing and looking vibrant.

Plant of the month: fruit trees

It’s a great time of year to plant deciduous fruit trees such as nectarines, almonds and plums. In fact, there are a range of stone fruit that are great to get in this month.

Fruit trees are a great asset in the garden because they provide beautiful, luscious bounty that you can just pick off the tree. They have the added bonus of pretty, showy blossom in spring, and coloured leaves in autumn.

Some fruit trees are self-fertile, which means they produce fruit even if growing on their own. Peach and nectarines are good examples. Generally, others such as apples, pears and Japanese plums need more than one tree for cross-pollination to ensure they yield. When you’re buying your fruit trees, get some in-store advice about this.

Plant fruit trees in a sunny spot and ensure they have good drainage. Allow plenty of room for them to grow. Add compost at planting time. Dig a hole that’s deeper and wider than the root system. Stake to keep the tree secure.

Once planted, mulch around the root zones and keep clear of weeds.

There’s a great range of fruit trees in store and experts can help you choose the right one for your garden. For smaller backyards, dwarf trees are ideal. Plant these in the ground or a large pot.

Mulberries are a great fruit to plant too. Give them plenty of space to grow and a good tip is to keep them away from paths as the falling fruit stain.

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What else to plant

Magnolias are another choice to grow locally around Perth and the south-west. There’s a magnolia to fit a garden of any shape and size. They grow in a pot or if you’ve got a narrow space down the side of the house a magnolia might work well.

There are many popular varieties of magnolia including ‘Teddy Bear’, which reaches 4m, has a naturally dense habit and is ideal as an informal hedge and ‘Little Gem’. Both have creamy, white perfumed flowers in spring and summer.

Magnolias generally like deep, fertile, well-drained soil. They thrive in sun or part-shade but need some protection from strong or salty winds. Flower buds are often frost sensitive.

Further south in Bunbury, the beautiful south-west, try a liquidambar. They are gorgeous trees. Or if you’re around Perth, jacarandas are popular too.

It’s also a good time to plant vegies and herbs such as rosemary and coriander.

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Harvest

Winter vegie harvest is in full swing. Cauliflower, silverbeet and beetroot are all ready for the table. Pull carrots and leeks too.

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Maintenance

While it might be a bit colder, this doesn’t mean it isn’t a great time to get out amongst it in the garden.

It’s the perfect time to prune roses and remove any suckers.

Don’t be frightened to prune any vines in your yard to keep them in check.

Later in the month, feed citrus with blood and bone. This will get them ready for the spring growth.

It’s also a great time to weed and feed the lawn. There are a few options with recommended products to use for this, so ask in-store for what will work best for your lawn needs.

Mulch beds with lucerne. This will help stop the weeds. It’s also a great feed for the soil as it breaks down.

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