The Garden Diaries: Western Australia in November

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The Garden Diaries: Western Australia in November

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Hero plant this month: Turf

November is a great time to plant turf. A patch of turf is cooling, and good for the kids to play on. Select the right one, and it’s likely to be fairly low maintenance too.

A good all-rounder is Matilda Buffalo. It’s tough, soft and good looking. Even better, it’s an Aussie bred turf that suits shade as well as sunny conditions. It’s drought tolerant and will also tolerate coastal conditions.

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What else to plant

Plant some larger growing trees and shrubs as features that will make an impact in the garden.

Cottonwood hibiscus, an Australian native with showy, yellow flowers and evergreen heart-shaped leaves, will add a tropical look. This hardy plant tolerates high wind, salty soil and poor drainage.

Magnolia ‘Little Gem’ is another plant that is an excellent feature tree. Compact growing and evergreen, this small tree can be hedged. ‘Little Gem’ also grows well in a pot.

Another great choice for hedging is Viburnum tinus (Laurustinus). With its glossy, green leaves and pretty fragrant, white flowers, it’s a tough plant with a dense growth habit.

Get some edibles in too. If you’ve got some space, plant rock melon and watermelon seed.   Spring onions, tomatoes, capsicums and cucumbers will grow well planted this month. Growing seedlings will give quicker results.

Kids love planting radishes because they are quick growing and tasty in summer salads. Plant lettuces every few weeks for successive crops

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Maintenance

This month keep up with the maintenance.

Top up garden mulch before the summer heat hits. Lucerne or pea straw are great options. Before applying the mulch, add some wetting agent to the soil to help with water retention.

Regularly inspect citrus trees for pests and diseases.

Be firesafe, even in cities this is important. Clean up around the yard. Remove dead branches and leaf litter. Be aware of fire safety in your area. Check out your fire authority website for fire safety hints and regulations.

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The best part of having a vegie patch is picking produce for the table. The first stone fruit of the season is ripening and tastes delicious. Pick zucchini, potatoes, carrots and beans for the table.

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