Gardening tips for a Canberra winter with Tracey Bool

Gardening tips for a Canberra winter with Tracey Bool

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Canberra gardening skilled and main horticulturalist, Tracey Bool.

Rising greens in your garden throughout winter is not any stroll within the park. Frosty mornings and the dearth of heat solar is sufficient to deter wholesome crops from thriving. To assist maintain your thumbs inexperienced within the chilly (as a substitute of blue with chilly), native gardening skilled and main horticulturalist, Tracey Bool, shares her prime tips for winter gardening.

What are your prime tips for rising your garden through the Canberra winter?

“Firstly, presently of 12 months it’s troublesome to develop greens. Ideally, with winter greens, you’ll begin rising seeds in February or March.

“Hearty greens like broccoli and cauliflower are nice to develop, and you’ll transplant artichoke and asparagus, sow seeds of broad beans and peas, and you’ll transplant seedlings of silverbeet and spinach.

“It’s vital to do not forget that if you buy seedings from a nursery, you will want to climatise them earlier than planting. To do this, you simply should get them used to the native circumstances for a couple of week or so earlier than you plant them out.

Broad beans

Italian purple artichokes


“For present produce that’s been established, you may put a liquid natural fertiliser on them each fortnight to maintain them ticking over throughout winter.

“For frost-sensitive crops, or ones planted a bit later within the season, you may put momentary ‘cloches’ on them – like a frost fabric. Simply lower the underside off a mushy drink container and put it on prime of them.

“With citrus crops, you probably have them in pots you may transfer them someplace a bit extra protected, like a courtyard. There’s not quite a bit you are able to do through the center of winter besides put up safety for some crops, use fertiliser each couple of weeks, and prime costume present garden beds with natural matter. That last layer helps to feed the soil and the crops.”

What about indoor crops?

Anthurium is a pretty plant to develop indoors throughout winter in Canberra.

“Good crops to develop are philodendrons, anthuriums, and sphathiphyllums. Indoor crops want much less water than they might normally in summer season, and so they don’t want an excessive amount of consideration. Dusting the leaves is nice to do and you need to use liquid fertiliser designed for indoor crops, which isn’t too robust.

“You possibly can have hassle with fungus gnats presently of 12 months – it’s fairly frequent. To maintain them underneath management, strive to not overwater your crops and positively don’t sit them in water. You possibly can take away the highest little bit of potting combine and exchange it, as that’s the place their seeds are and so they breed within the floor. Or put a small pebble layer on prime of your pot.

“Hardy crops are your greatest likelihood throughout winter, whether or not they’re veggies or decorative, however don’t plant something aside from hardy crops. However usually, I’d say keep away from planting till it begins to heat up within the spring.

“Winter is an effective alternative for cleansing and upkeep, and sharpening instruments. I’d suggest you go and speak to your native nursery for recommendation earlier than you go planting.”

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