For some, the welcome rains have lifted spirits and brought some confidence to gardening in the Central West of NSW. This is a great time to plant as the soil is still warm and the moisture will remain unless we have another heatwave.
Flower gardens can now be planted for autumn. Flowers such as pansies, nasturtium, dianthus and petunias will provide colour and texture to garden beds. Sweet peas can be sown on or near St Patrick’s Day the traditional time for sowing if the weather is not too hot.
Checking out local gardens for what has survived this testy summer will give you some ideas for planting in spring so get out your notebook.
Planning for winter gardens e.g. feature, fruit and other ornamental trees can ensure you choose the best options. Talk to us at Millthorpe Garden Nursery and place your orders which will arrive in July ready to be planted as bare root stock.
Roses, too can be ordered now with bulbs arriving soon.
Evergreen shrubs and small trees could be transplanted or moved now while conditions are good. Take care in preparing the plant by watering well and covering in shade cloth before moving. Prepare the new site by digging the hole about twice the original size of root ball and add some well-rotted compost before planting. Mulch- ing and feeding trees will ensure they are prepared for winter.
Citrus can be grown in pots and planted now too. They will have time to establish before the cool weather approaches.
Pruning where it is needed can be done now especially lavender that has finished blooming. Tie up bundles to throw into your fire over winter to release its wonderful scent.
Don’t forget to prepare beds for winter vegetables now too!