In WA, spring is a great time to plant Ageratum, Aster, Impatiens, Cosmos, Gazania and Verbena. Start them in pots, then when they have established a little you can plant them out into garden beds for beautiful colour during the months to follow.
Summer-flowering annuals and gladioli can also be planted out now for flower spikes emerging in October and November.
In the vegetable garden, it is time to plant:
- Zucchini and marrow
If you have bindii in your lawn, you will need to get on top of it now before it ruins your barefoot summer. Treat this weed by spraying with Yates Bindii and Clover Weeder Concentrate. It is also a beneficial to fertilise your lawn at this time of year in small amounts and regularly. Choose a low or no phosphorus fertiliser. This stimulates great growth but won’t leave excess nutrients in our ground water, potentially polluting our precious river systems.
Give your indoor plants a refresh by taking them outside and washing them down. Split up or repot those that are looking extra tired. This gets strong, new season foliage growth going and washes off impurities that have collected from indoors.
Utilise the warm spring weather to get outdoors and tackle your hanging baskets. Those that have been in the same pot for more than 12 months need to be removed and the soil replaced with fresh, premium-grade potting mixture. Add water absorbency crystals and wetting agents to keep the planter from drying out too badly. If you’re using a fibrous liner, lay a sheet of newspaper between the liner and the potting soils to reduce moisture loss on the hottest days.
Roses can have a few problems at this time of year. Black spot is particularly bad now on roses that have their foliage moistened at night through rain or sprinklers. Treat with Yates Rose Shield at recommended rates. Aphids can be a serious pest of roses as well as citrus. There are a number of sprays that are effective, including garlic-chilli and pyrethrum formulations, or sometimes simply hosing them off with a strong jet of water can solve the problem.
There is so much delicious fruit coming into season in spring. Blueberries, strawberries, melons, mangos, mulberries and nectarines are just a few of the sweet treats you will see arriving at the markets.
Asparagus is the classic spring vegetable, at its peak at this time of year. Enjoy this versatile vegetable lightly steamed, gently pan fried in butter and garlic, wrapped in prosciutto, sliced in a stir fry or even shaved thinly raw through a salad.