Dig into Autumn
Harvest, prepare and plant!
Why should we plant in autumn? It seems odd to be planting in autumn as the weather is getting colder but deciduous plants and many perennials can be planted now. If plants are sensitive to the cold then wait to plant them in spring so they get established as the soil warms up. Given that the central west of NSW has had early rain, the conditions are ideal for planting.
Autumn garden tips
- Preparing soil now for planting by digging in compost and perhaps some gypsum if you need to improve drainage.
- Develop those new beds you’ve been wanting and sheet mulch with heavy layer of newspaper or cardboard and bark mulch or lucerne hay.
- In the months of March and April plant up some autumn tone coloured perennials such as, loropetalum and Cotinus (smoke bush). Their colour will contrast with the green and gold of deciduous trees.
- Harvesting apples, quinces and pumpkins is a joy in the autumn months. Make some goodies to store away for winter. Plan to plant these for next year.
- Make a list of the spring flowering bulbs you want to plant and order from Millthorpe Garden Nursery.
- Sow carrots, cauliflower, spinach, Asian greens, cabbage and onions in your veggie patch.
- Cut back Wisteria canes and lavender.