It's the start of Autumn. However, it still has the balminess of Summer. The warm nights and the warm mornings. The rain has stopped in Victoria. There was a sprinkle here and there but nothing like we had in "summer". The lemon leaves are curling but not because of disease or pest infestation, but because … Continue reading A drought coming?
When Spring 2017 gave us above 40 degree days, it was a bit of a shock and our poor plants suffered. There wasn't the forewarning that this would happen plus, being in the mindset of Spring weather, one doesn't automatically think, must prepare garden for 40+ degree days! So when the last 40+ day … Continue reading Happy New Year!
Spring has definitely sprung. Warmer day and cool nights. Lots of rain. Lots to do. Weeding and Mulching. Let’s get our gardens ready for Summer! Weeding As there has been rain, weeding is not too hard. Hand weeding is a must. It takes longer but it is much more beneficial to the soil and environment. … Continue reading Weeding and Mulching
The indoor plant tends to get forgotten about in the hustle bustle of everyday life. However as the grey skies loom and we're stuck indoors, its understandable if we want a bit of green in our lives. It's not as hard as it sounds. If you don't have any "nice" pots to display indoors, why not turn … Continue reading The Indoor Plant
Great time to do weeding after rain. The weeds are easily removed! In some areas, the rain is not enough. It hasn't penetrated down too far. Only a small amount of surface water. Doesn't get down to the roots of the plants and trees that actually need the water. Weeds on the other hand; they … Continue reading Rain + Sun = Weeds
Spring is just around the corner...the beginning of new life. The buds are amongst us.
Frosts in Melbourne can make the grass icy; the windscreens on car's scratchy and burn soft fleshed plants. Preparation is the key, if aware of the future frosts. For example, place frost intolerant plants under cover to protect them. Some plants that need this preparation are the following: Impatiens sodenii. This plant is a fleshy … Continue reading Frosts in Melbourne
Its that time of year again...the dreaded...Winter... Rose pruning. Equipment needed: Sharp secateurs Saw loppers methylated spirits Gloves 2. Before Starting: The methylated spirits are for spraying your implements before every job. Cross contamination of rose blight and other nasties is discouraged. Ensure all equipment is clean and sharp. Wear appropriate gloves. … Continue reading Pruning Roses
PART 1 - THE BASICS If you're living in a townhouse or in the city or inner city, you may not have too much of a back yard. It may have no lawn, only concrete or tiles. This should not be an excuse not to jazz up your space. Please note, a future post will … Continue reading Small Spaces
Happy Autumn, It's the time of year when the morning's are cool and it gets warmer throughout the day. The mornings are cloudy, overcast and then flourish into a sunny day. The last of the tomatoes are emerging, as well as capsicums and chilies. Obviously, it depends of the variety of these species. Roses need to … Continue reading Autumn