Autumn Gardening

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Learn How to Get the Most out of Gardening in Autumn

Autumn is a truly lovely time of year to be out working in the garden. If you are wondering what to plant or which type of fertiliser is right for your garden, talk to the team at The Springs Garden World in Toowoomba. We'll be happy to lend you our expertise so you can make sure that your garden is well established before the winter descends. Come in today and find out how to get the most out of gardening in autumn!

Gardening prep in autumn

Awesome Autumn

Thanks to the cooler days but relatively high soil temperatures, autumn is the best time to be putting in new plants. Planting in early autumn gives the roots time to establish before winter and there is much less stress on the new plants. Fertilising at this time is also very important. Many people think that just giving their plants a dose of a liquid fertiliser such as Seasol is enough. Plants need nutrition much the same way humans do. A dose of Seasol is like a vitamin tablet and a slow release fertiliser is more like a healthy diet. The plant uses up Seasol's nutrients very quickly, whereas a slow release fertiliser maintains a good balance of nutrients over a long period of time.
autumn leaves

Anzac Day

Look out for Sweet Pea seeds and seedlings, best planted between St Patrick’s Day (17th March) and Anzac Day (25th April). Remember that they like a slightly alkaline soil around so add some garden lime or Dolomite before planting.

Spring flowering bulbs such as crocus, daffodils, tulips, freesia, ranunculas, iris and hyacinths will be coming in to stock at this time. Choose an acid soil bed and enrich it by adding compost or well-rotted cow manure. Bulbs have the most impact when planted in clumps, drifts and islands. Feed with Flourish soluble plant food after flowering and before the foliage dies down. Resist the urge to trim scrappy foliage as this is where the bulbs get their food from for next year.

Some of the early flowering sasanqua camellias are in bud and flower at this time, so come in to The Springs Garden World and check them out.

What to Plant

If you’re in the cool temperate areas of Toowoomba and Stanthorpe try planting vegetables such as beetroot, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, spinach, lettuce, silver beet and all herbs. Ideal flowers to plant include alyssum, cineraria, lobelia, marigold, pansy, petunia, phlox, primula, stocks and violas.

If you’re in the more temperate areas of Warwick, Oakey and Dalby you can plant broad beans, spinach, cabbage, lettuce, onion, radish, shallots, spinach and peas. Flowers to plant are the same as above.

Both areas should plant citrus and other fruit trees now to allow time for the roots to establish before winter. You'll find a great range of citrus in store now at The Springs Garden World.

Take your autumn gardening to the next level. Talk to our friendly staff today!

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