October sees the garden in full spring array. Trees have come into leaf, flowers are opening everywhere, summer vegies can be planted and there’s a special spring fragrance in the air.
Garden growth is fresh and unspoilt – it’s still a bit early for pests or heat to have done much damage.
OCTOBER ACTION PLAN
If you have not already added mulch to your garden beds its time to get to it now. Adding mulch will help keep soiil soist and reduce weeds. Your soil structure will also improve as mulch rots. Try using Pea Straw, Sugar Cane Mulch or Lucerne.
Soils are starting to warm up so it's a great time to plant seedlings, vegies, annuals and perennials for the garden beds.
Haven't got a vegie patch? Well get cracking, there's nothing more rewarding than being able to pick fresh vegetables, herbs, strawberries. YUM!! Prepare a patch of of soil, or if tight for space, a raised Instant Garden Bed is a fantastic compromise. Start by adding manure's (Chicken or Cow) and compost. Mushroom compost is excellent to use with already existing soils or potting mix. Again, add an organic mulch to help keep moisture in and suppress weed growth.
Once Cymbidium Orchids have finished flowering, feed and re-pot, if necessary. Move to a shady spot to protect from the summer heat.
You might need to tie up and support your Broad Bean plants as they become top heavy. Pea's may also need supporting with stakes or trellis wire as the grow.
When choosing Tomatoes for the vegie patch it is wise to select short and sturdy ones. Give each one half a handful of Sulphate of Potash. This will help enhance flower bud development colour and crop production in your tomatoes. In addition to this it will increase stem strength and a resistance to pests, disease, frost and drought.
Azalea Lace Bug and Aphids are a common pest this time of year for Azalea's. Rhododendron's and Roses. Use a Imidacloprid insecticide such as Yates Confidor. Be vigilant as new growth attracts these pests.
With a garden fork, gently loosen soil around tree's and shrubs growing in lawns. Water deeply, fertilise and water again. A complete fertiliser is efficient or use Native Ferilisers if treating native trees and shrubs.
Check your garden irragation systems in preparation for summer. It's a good time to repair breakages, clear out blockages and replace anu missing parts, before plants become dependant through the warmer months.
Lawns can also be aerated now and ferilised with Lawn Fertiliser - Yates' Lawn Master, Scotts Lawn Builder to name a few. Any bare patches can also be re-sown.
Bergonia,Linaria, lobelia, petunia, Marigold, Impatients, snapdragons, Dianthus, Cosmos, Vinca's, Erigeron, Salvia, Verbena, Portulaca, Alyssum
Capsicum, Cucumver, Leek, Pumpkin, Radish, Sweet Corn, Tomato, Beans, Silverbeat, Beetroot, Eggplant, Zuccini, Squash, ONions, Spring Onions, Carrots, Strawberries, Spinach, Lettuce, Cabbage
Thyme, Sweet Basil, Majoram, Curry Plant, Bay Leaf Tree, Rosemary, Oregano, Mint and Chocoalte Mint, Parsley,Garlic, Sage, Dill, Chives