Tips: Winter Gardening

Don’t let the cold air stop you from getting out into your garden as there are plenty of things to do.  Here are some tips to help you with your winter gardening…

 

There will be lots of falling autumn leaves in your garden, which create a nice carpet at ground level, but are more useful as mulch or to make compost out of. Make sure that if they fall into a planting of shrubs and strap leaf plants that they work their way to the bottom of the foliage.

Make a diary note: end of August is the time to cut back the foliage of all your liriopes to encourage fresh green leaf growth for spring and summer. You can remove all the foliage to ground level.

Have a look at what value you are getting from plantings that are carrying seed heads. Avoid cutting off great flower heads that have lost their primary colours and left the plant form seed heads. Discover the more subdued colours of brown, taupe’s, greys and blacks of seed pods and tiny fruits.

It is a great time to transplant and move plants around the garden while they are dormant reducing any root damage. Sharpen your pruning shears and cut back any fruit trees and roses. Although, stay away from the wisteria. Winter is not the time to prune this one as you will be cutting out your entire spring flower. Wait until the wisteria has finished flowering.

Get into your vegetable patch and plant your broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, snow peas and broad beans. You can also plant herbs such as chamomile and lemon grass. Mint is also good at this time of year but keep it contained as it will take over.

Lemon trees should be full of fruit, so collect them up and pull out one of your old favourite lemon dessert recipes.  Or try this yummy lemon pudding recipe passed on from a friend of E-GA’s.

Winter is the time to visit your local nursery. Head to the native section where you will see there are many native plants in winter flower and often scented.

Think smart with your watering, check the soil moisture and reduce the watering of potted plants. Most likely you won’t need your irrigation on for the entire winter period, so don’t waste your drinking water if Mother Nature has already done all the work for you.

Happy gardening!