Real World Gardener Winter Tasks on the Good Earth

June 12th, 2015

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Plant out your winter vegetables now.

Some people think that gardening is only seasonal, that is, only Spring and Summer and then gardeners do nothing much at all in between.

Sure, gardeners are pretty busy in those times, but in winter, there’s still plenty to do.

For starters, your garden’s pests and weeds don’t take a break.


Broadbeans for a winter crop

Looking after your garden all year round is not only great for the garden, but great for the gardener as well.

Pruning dormant plants is something that you can do on sunny winter days.

It also lets you see if there’s some problem with the plant, like die back or borer on the stems.

In the coldest month of the year when soil temperatures are starting to dip, few vegies will germinate from seed in cold soil.

But, if you’re keen to do some planting you could try sowing spinach, onions, leeks, peas, turnips, kale, broccoli, cabbage and broad beans.

Don’t overwater at this time of year because the combination of cold and wet will cause your seeds to rot.

Keep the soil just moist until germination occurs. If you have any questions about winter tasks in your garden, why not write in to or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.


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