Hero plant this month: Bagged roses
Winter is the perfect time to invest in your garden. And what better plant to do that with than bare rooted roses. The are hardy and will reward in a few months with masses of beautiful flowers.
Select a sunny spot, dig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots and plant your rose in fertile, well-drained soil. Keep moist until establish. Fertilise when your rose starts to grow and shoot.
A favourite to look out for is the angel face rose with its mauve double flowers, wavy petals and beautiful fragrance.
What else to plant
If you’ve got some room beneath roses, a good tip is to plant a ground cover. Myoporum, native violet and pratia with its pretty flowers are good selections. They both have a dense growth habit that will help suppress weeds and there’s the added bonus of their flowers will attract birds, butterflies and bees.
It’s a good time to plant some edibles too. Good options are onions, spinach and beans. Plant these in fertile, well-drained soil.
Some varieties of lettuce will also do well now. But if you’re not sure what to plant, pop into your local Bunnings store and get some advice.
Soil is the cornerstone of the garden, so don’t neglect it over winter. Add plenty of organic matter, such as compost and manure.
Add mulch to garden beds too. This will protect plant roots, and help suppress weeds.
The lawn will be hibernating during June, so halt your fertilising regime. It will also need less water. A good lawn care tip is to lower the mower blades so that it reduces thatch.
Finally keep an eye on weeds. Remove them when they’re young and before they set seed.
As winter sets in, your vegie patch should still be producing fresh produce. Rotate varieties of lettuce and stagger planting so there’s leaves to pick all year.
Rhubarb should be ready for harvesting too. Select the thickest stalks and pick these from the outside in. Cabbages will be ready to harvest when they are nice and firm.
Don’t be a couch potato and get out into your garden this June. By spending time in your garden now, you’ll reap the rewards come spring.
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