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Tasks for this month: OCTOBER

Tasks for this month: The soil is warming so more faster growth. Keep your garden well watered. Reduce stress on plants by watering. Keep an eye out on weeding, feeding and spraying. Everything grows faster now its getting warmer.


Vegetable Garden
Now most frost danger is over and soil is reasonably dry and crumbly, seeds of tender annuals can be safely sown directly into the soil. Vegetables to sow include: beans, peas, carrots, radish, sweetcorn, beetroot, silverbeet, spinach, and parsnip.
Sow directly into the soil or in trays; eggplant, lettuce, cauliflower, cucumber, courgettes, peppers, pumpkin and tomatoes.
Transplant vegetable seedlings into the garden. Soil should be prepared prior to planting by adding generous amounts of compost and a dressing of General Garden Fertiliser and lime.
Control slugs and snails with Slug & Snail Pellets.
Regularly liquid feed on all plants is also a good idea.
Spray potatoes, fruit trees, grape vines and vegetable plants with Copper to prevent fungus diseases.
Dust cabbages and cauliflowers with Derris Dust to prevent white butterfly caterpillar.
Plant new herb plants, including parsley so that new plants are established before existing plants go to seed. Plant herbs and vegetables in pots.

Fruit Trees

Plant passionfruit, rhubarb and tamarillos.
Feed all citrus trees with General Citrus Fertiliser.
Spray citrus at the pre-blossom stage with Copper to control verrucosis and brown rot.


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October are Cool

Flower Garden

Spray roses with Super Shield to prevent fungus diseases and pest damage.
Feed all roses with Rose Fertiliser.
Plant new roses. Use Magamp & compost at planting time.
Prune spring flowering shrubs after flowering. Deadhead rhododendrons.
Feed acid loving plants (eg. Rhodo's, camellias, azaleas etc) after flowering with Acid Fertiliser.
Sow seeds of flowering annuals, directly into the ground; alyssum, Californian poppy, statice, marigolds, cosmos, nasturtium and sunflowers. Sow in trays for transplanting later; carnations, dahlia, livingstone daisy, petunia, salvia and gerberas.
Plant out seedlings of flowering annuals.
Plant perennial and summer flowering bulbs such as dahlia, begonia, gladioli and calla lily.
Plant hanging baskets and terracotta pots with flowers for summer colour.
Start watering before the soil dries out, especially roses.
Mulch all plants to conserve moisture and check that your watering systems are working.
Liquid feed all flowering annuals and perennials. Feed flowering shrubs with a side dressing of General Garden Fertiliser.

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