The Garden Diaries: Western Australia in September

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The Garden Diaries: Western Australia in September

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With warmer weather just around the corner, it’s time to get off the couch and get out into the garden. Here’s some ideas for what you can do in your backyard in beautiful WA.

Hero plant this month: Tomatoes Lycopersicon esculentum

In September it’s all about tomatoes. There’s a huge variety available in sizes and colours ranging from red to black, yellow and striped. When they’re home grown, they taste delicious. Tomatoes grow well in pots, hanging baskets or in the ground.

Plant seed in pre-moistened soil and in about a week the seedlings should emerge. Fertilise every few weeks when the plants are growing.

Growing tomatoes is a great project for kids. Buy some seed and plant in little pots. Kids can watch them germinate and grow into fruiting plants.

Tomatoes are also available as seedlings in punnets or single pots. Buying like this means a lot of the hard work is already done.  Plant in a sunny well-drained position. It’s preferable to select a patch that hasn’t grown tomatoes the previous season. Mix in organic compost before planting. Remember to keep plants well-watered and feed regularly. Stake larger growing varieties.

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What else to plant

Plant citrus, hellebores, and evergreen trees like eucalypts and casuarinas. Look out for the quirky and aptly named ‘Cousin It’, with its cascading foliage. Perfect as a ground cover or feature in a rockery.

While they like sun in winter, hellebores thrive in shady spots.  Enjoy their evergreen foliage and the range of dainty, coloured flowers from dark, plum shades to whites and a range in between.

There’s nothing like growing your own greens so you can pick these fresh from the garden every day. Plant lettuce, bok choi, rocket and basil seeds now.

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Maintenance

In August, it’s a good time to dead head any winter flowering plants and perennials like pansy or sedum. 

Give shrubs a tidy up too. Prune to shape and remove any dead wood to promote new growth.

It’s also the perfect time to add trace elements to the lawn to give it a good boost ready for spring. If you need help with knowing what to apply, pop into your local store for some advice. Lawns will also benefit from a dose of seaweed solution to help the activation process.

Feed vegie seedlings, to give them a boost as well as citrus and natives. Be sure to use a low phosphorous fertiliser on any natives. 


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Harvest

Winter vegies are coming to the fore. Pull leeks, carrots and onions. Pick coriander regularly. Cauliflower and beetroot are also ready for picking. Don’t leave beetroots in the soil to get tough and woody.

So there you go, there’s plenty to do in your garden in August in Western Australia.

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