Mr Fothergill's Jap Pumpkin Vegetable Seeds
Palms are a great choice to plant this month. The good news is, there's a huge range available in store.
Palms work well as a bold accent plant and are great around pools. They also do well in a patio. For indoors the kentia palm (Howea forsteriana) is a favourite. These thrive in low light conditions. Only water when the top of the soil starts to dry out.
When planting in pots, use a good quality potting mix, or plant outside in the garden in well-drained soil. As a general rule, fertilise in spring, summer and autumn. Water deeply and regularly when it's warm and dry.
Don't neglect the vegie patch. It's a great time to get in beans, beetroot, capsicum and carrot seeds. For better carrot seed germination, place a timber plank over the row when planted. Remove it when the seedlings emerge. Soak beetroot seed in water overnight to improve the germination rate.
Plant cucumbers now, as well as pumpkins. But keep in mind, these vines need plenty of room.
October is the perfect weather for gardening.
First up get into the vegie patch and prepare the soil. Add organic matter such as manures and compost. For really sandy soil, it's recommended to use a product called sand to soil. It contains bentonite clay to enrich the soil and aid with water and nutrient retention. Adding a soil wetter will also help with moisture retention before the heat sets in.
It's a good time to give your lawn some love too. Aerate it with a fork so that water and moisture can penetrate to the roots. Raising the mower height will also help. Longer grass shades itself and allows the roots to remain cooler.
Do some routine maintenance on your irrigation system. Check sprinklers are working and there are no leaky hoses. It's also a good idea to keep an eye on water regulations. Check with your local water authority.
There's nothing better than harvesting your own vegies for the table. Pick the last of the winter vegetables. Cauliflowers, peas, broccoli and onions are ready for harvest. Dig onions when the tops start to die down.
So there you go, make the most of spring and get out into the garden this weekend. You'll reap the rewards in summer.
Remember the Perfect Plant Promise. All our plants (except seedlings) are guaranteed for 12 months. If you're not 100 percent happy, return your plant (with the receipt or tax invoice) and we'll refund it.
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