Well it’s the middle of October and middle of spring, and in Melbourne there is so much that you can do in your garden at this time of year.
It’s a great time to feed your lawns, being sure to use a fertiliser suitable for your lawn type. Also a great time to sow a new lawn (as I did this morning) or oversow an existing lawn. (rainfall in Melbourne can be a lot or a little, especially in this changing climate for which we live in, so be sure to that your new lawns are watered well).
For the home vegie growers, now is a great time to be planting a whole range of things – beans, beetroot, sprouts, cabbages, carrots, celery, cucumbers, eggplants, herbs, leeks, lettuce, spring onions, parsnips, pumpkins, potatoes (tubers), radishes, rhubarb, silverbeet, sweet corn, tomatoes, zucchinis and numerous other vegies that I don’t like
There is a huge number of flowers that can be sowed or planted at this time of year. While possibly a little too many to mention here, my general rule of thumb is that if I can get a plant at a nursery (as compared to hardware stores/supermarkets etc), then it should be ok to plant – taking into account positioning of the plant(s), watering, soils, other surrounding plants etc.
Also coming into summer, it is a good idea to ensure that your gardens are suitably mulched, a) it looks great, b) helps prevent moisture loss through evaporation, c) helps prevent weeds. Also begin watering gardens again. Don’t let your plants start to wilt before watering. A good soaking a couple of times a week is much more beneficial that light more regular sprinkling. This will encourage a much deeper root growth, and maintains soil moisture better. I light sprinkling, only encourages plants to remain shallow rooted. If you have a watering system, then test it out, you may not have had it operating during winter. Make sure all the sprinkler heads or drip lines are not blocked.
By now, you’ve probably also noticed a great deal of weeds throughout your gardens. This can be a bit overwhelming. If so, rather than hand weeding your entire garden, hand weed a perimeter around all plants, and then use a weed spray. If spraying weeds, best to not do it on windy days, and this can cause the poison to travel to other plants and most weed killers are non-selective, ie, they’ll kill anything that where the foliage is exposed to the poison.
That should do for now. Get out and enjoy the sunshine