Autumn is a busy time in the garden. Secret Gardens Autumn gardening tips is the first of a series of handy tips for your gardening. Many plants have grown over summer and need to be shaped and thinned. It’s also the end of the long summer days and a great time to get the jobs done that have been put off because of the heat (or rain this year!).
Winter flowering annuals such as Pansies, Primula, Cinerarias, or try the hardy native Rhodanthe ‘Paper Daisy’, all provide much needed winter colour but need to be planted now to maximise flowering time. And don’t forget Sweet Peas; traditionally planted on St Patricks day but can be planted anytime in autumn. Choose a sunny spot, cultivate soil well and add plenty of compost or cow manure. Water the soil the night before planting and don’t water again until you see the shoots appear.
Autumn is time to plant broccolli, silverbeet, strawberries , broadbeans and carrots.