If you are looking to get your feet wet in the world of gardening, you may find it helpful to know when to start. There are several months that are suitable for planting new plants, and for watering and pruning existing ones. During the winter months, you will find it easiest to grow vegetables and fruits, while in the summer, you can plant flowers and perennials. You can also take cuttings from your favorite shrubs and prune them back.
March is a good time to start thinking about what you want in your garden
If you have been planning to get your hands dirty in the great outdoors, then March is a great month to begin your new year’s gardening resolutions. It is the perfect time to take stock of your landscaping needs and plan out your garden for the upcoming season. Whether it is a full fledged garden or a smaller stow away, this is the perfect opportunity to rethink your landscape plans. The benefits of having a garden can’t be overstated, and the good news is, you can start putting your gardening skills to work now. You’ll have a plethora of fresh vegetables and herbs in no time. Besides, who doesn’t like a bit of fresh air?
Taking on the task of maintaining a new yard can be stressful, but a little preplanning goes a long way. For starters, have a few ideas of what to plant first, and what to put last, and you’ll have a thriving grotto in no time at all. Keeping the grass green is also a no brainer, and while you’re at it, don’t forget to nip that weed in the bud.
September is a good month to plant annuals
If you’re a beginner at the garden scene, the month of September may be the best time to start planting annuals. This is because the weather is just about to warm up in Australia. In addition, this is the second cool-crop gardening season.
Depending on your location, you can plant a wide variety of vegetables. Some good choices include carrots, leeks and strawberries. These fruits and veggies need plenty of water to grow. They also need a good amount of sunshine.
A good way to get them started is to buy a seedling tray from the store. Fill it with a mixture of potting soil and vegetable soil. You can then place it in a shaded spot. The idea is to keep the moisture in. Watering it early in the morning will lessen the risk of fungal diseases.
While you’re at it, you might want to add a few tropicals. You can find these plants in your local nursery. Just make sure they’re not overgrown.
Another way to make the most of the weather is to fertilize your trees. A citrus tree, for instance, can be fertilized with a citrus tree fertilizer.
October is a good month to plant vegetables
October is a great month to plant vegetables. The weather is warm, the days are long and the ground is warming up. Planting in this month will give you the best chance of survival.
When it comes to choosing a vegetable to sow in October, you’ll need to choose the variety that’s bred for winter hardiness. A number of different varieties are available, such as kale, asparagus and spinach. These varieties are known to be extremely resilient.
Other cool-season vegetables include broccoli, radishes, cauliflower and cabbage. As a rule of thumb, if you live in a region where it is coldest in the fall, plant autumn and winter vegetables in September and October.
Another vegetable to consider planting in October is pumpkins. Pumpkins are a popular vegetable, but they require a lot of space and room to grow. They aren’t a fast-growing crop, so you’ll have to cut down on leaves around the plants before they ripen.
If you’re unsure about how to plant in October, consult your local extension office. It’s also a good idea to keep your garden well-watered and avoid waterlogging.
There’s a wide variety of vegetables that you can sow in October, including spinach, beans and radishes. You can sow your seeds directly into the soil, or buy a seed tray.
January is a good month to take cuttings from your favourite shrubs
Propagating plants is a great way to improve your garden. It takes a lot of time, but it can pay off in the end. Plant cuttings are a simple and effective method of propagating shrubs.
Cuttings should be about 5 centimetres long. Make sure that you remove air pockets and moisten the soil before planting.
For best results, use a sharp knife to cut the stem below a leaf node. Then dip the cutting into a hormone rooting powder.
You can also propagate plants by layering them. If you do this, keep the cuttings moist and water them frequently.
Another good method is to take semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or early autumn. These will have the best chance of rooting. They will have developed roots in time to make new leaves in the spring.
Hardwood cuttings are another option. These can be taken from woody shrubs in the fall. In addition to creating new hedging and wind breaks, these cuttings can produce fruit.
You should plant them in an unheated greenhouse or cold frame. You may want to add a layer of coarse horticultural grit to the compost to help with drainage.
February is a good month to water
If you’re interested in gardening but not sure where to start, February may be a good month to jump into the fray. This is also the time of year to get ready for the summer season. In warmer climes, you may want to start a little early to make sure you have a full crop when the warm weather hits.
To help you make the most of the weather, consider installing a shade tent. These are great for reducing glare and can be placed wherever you like, but be careful not to block sunlight from your favorite plant.
Another way to keep your plants happy is by topping up with some organic compost. An interesting way to do this is by placing a mulch over the roots, but you should avoid covering the trunk of a tree as this can cause it to dry out.
When it comes to a budget friendly gardening solution, you’ll find that a heat mat will keep your soil nice and warm. Using a heat mat can improve germination and reduce watering needs.
Getting the best results from your seed starts is a matter of proper soil preparation and frequent watering. Watering deeply, rather than in short bursts, will encourage the roots to grow deeper. You can also use a diluted liquid fertilizer to feed your plants.
April is a good month to prune perennial plants
April is a good month to prune perennial plants in Australia, especially those that have already bloomed. This is a time to snip back dead stems, so that new growth can take the place of the old. It is also a great time to encourage a second flush of blooms.
Pruning perennials is a simple process, but it can help them look better. Some plants benefit from spring pruning, while others are more responsive to late summer or fall trimming.
A few common examples include yarrow, coreopsis, and alpine phlox. Each of these plants produces a long bloom season that lasts from early to late summer. They also are excellent plants for adding an edible element to your garden.
Salvias are a popular cottage garden plant. These are herbaceous perennials with two-lipped flowers. There are many types of salvia, including shrubs and biennials. Many of them are hardy, so they can survive in areas with harsh winters.
Some salvias have pineapple-scented foliage. If yours has this scent, it’s best to cut the stems back to the base. Otherwise, the foliage will grow into a woody plant. You may wish to add mulch to protect the plant from dry weather.
May is a good month to plant new plants
May is a great time to start planting new plants. This is because the risk of frost is over. The humidity will start to fall and your garden will get a good start on its growing season. It’s also a great month to start hardening off vegetables you’ve sown in April.
The weather is warm during the middle of the month and you can start planting your lettuces, salads, and potatoes. You may want to get a soil thermometer and check the temperature in your garden in the early morning. If you’re having trouble with weeds, you can start pulling them and mulching them. Also, you should make sure that you have a pesticide handy. Many plants, especially perennials, need a little help to get started, so be prepared.
Some vegetable varieties, such as Swiss chard and perpetual spinach, are great yielders and can be planted from March. It’s also a good time to plant flowering perennials. Bergenias, alpine phlox, and campanulas are just a few examples of plants that you can plant this month.