Tips: September in the Garden

The warm sunny spring days are now making work in the garden much more inviting. If you are looking for inspiration, September is a great time to start visiting open gardens in your area.  Grab a copy of the Australia’s Open Gardens 25th anniversary guide book for suggested gardens to visit and events.

Feeding your garden is a must this month to promote healthy growth.  Weed, lay down some fresh mulch and fertilize enough to keep plants nourished, but not overfed. Your lawns will be coming back to life after a cold winter, so now is the ideal time to feed it with a good quality organic fertilizer and repair any areas that are looking a bit tired.  As the spring rain comes to an end, now is also a good time to check your irrigation system is in working order.

Anything that blooms in spring should be pruned immediately after flowering.  This includes spring-flowering climbers such as jasmine and wisteria.

In the vegie patch, start sowing your lettuce seeds before the hot weather sets in.  To ensure there is constant supply in your kitchen, sow a mix every couple of weeks.  There are plenty of other vegetables for you to plant including Beetroot, Corn, Cucumber, carrots, pumpkins and tomatoes.

The warm weather and new shoots brings back the pests in the garden.  Make sure you keep an eye on your citrus for aphids and citrus leaf miner.  Spray with Eco-oil fortnightly on vegetables, citrus and any ornamental plants.

Need more inspiration for your home? Grand Designs Live hosted by Kevin McCloud and Peter Maddison is launching on September 21-23rd at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. For more information and to purchase tickets visit Grand Designs Live.

Happy gardening!