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Rapid growth again this month. Keep your garden
well watered. .
Tasks for this month: FEBRUARY
Sow seeds directly into the soil: Beans, beetroot, carrots,
parsnip, swedes, turnips, radish, spinach, lettuce, silverbeet
and sweetcorn. Make successive sowings every two weeks.
Plant seedlings of lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower,
spinach, tomato, sweetcorn, beetroot, pumpkin, courgette,
capsicum, eggplant, melon, cucumber and gherkin.
Protect plants from caterpillars with Derris Dust.
If whitefly is a problem, spray with Target.
Courgettes and cucumbers can be protected from powdery mildew
by spraying with Champion Copper or Fungus Fighter.
Feed tomatoes at least once a week with a fast acting liquid
feed such as Phostrogen Tomato Food. Pinch out laterals (side
growths) on tall tomato varieties as they grow and ensure
they are firmly staked.
Apply a mulch of compost around vegetable plants to conserve
Feed fruit trees for bumper crops later and water well to
prevent fruit drop.
Spray pip and stone fruit with Copper or Fungal Sprays to
prevent fungus diseases.
Spray citrus with Copper to prevent verrucosis and leaf curl.
Summer prune peach and nectarine trees as soon as fruiting
is complete. This will help prevent the spread of silver leaf
blight and leaf curl.
| Mar | Apr
| June | July
| Sep | Oct |
Nov | Dec
Sow seeds of ageratum, alyssum, aster, celosia, cosmos, cyclamen,
gerbera, nasturtium, petunia, phlox, portulaca, rudbeckia,
salpiglossis, sunflowers, verbena, viscaria and zinnia.
Plant seedlings of alyssum, aster, chrysanthemum, cosmos,
dahlia, dianthus, gypsophila, nasturtium, impatiens, marigolds,
petunia, phlox, portulaca, salvia, verbena, viscaria and zinnia.
Roses and perennials can still be planted. Keep new plantings
Prune roses lightly and water well in preparation for autumn
flowering. Feed with Rose Fertiliser and spray with Shield
to prevent pests and diseases.
Lift spring flowering bulbs once the leaves have died down
completely and store in a cool dry place.
Mulch garden shrubs with compost to conserve moisture and
so protect roots from hot sun, especially rhododendrons, azaleas
Water each evening or early morning, especially plants in
containers which will dry out quickly in hot or windy weather.
Houseplants and Outdoor Containers
Fill pots with flowering annuals such as petunias, marigolds,
phlox or impatiens.
Keep up watering in warm weather. Installing a watering system
saves time and makes watering easy.
Raise the lawn mower up a level for summer season. The longer
lawn will aid in moisture conservation and helps to keep the
Water in dry weather and apply fast acting lawn food.
Do you have any tips to share. Please let us know.