Autumn April Planting Guide
Published: 17 Apr 2018
The weather is starting to turn but there is still a whole heap of things you can pop in the patch at this time of the year.
Tasty herbs such as coriander, mint and lemon balm grow really well at this time of year. Be careful to contain these types of plants otherwise they can take over.
There are plenty of vegetables that are great to plant now and enjoy over the coming months. These include Chinese cabbage, most Asian greens, spinach, rocket, broccoli, spring onions, asparagus, celery, endive, squash, onions, silver beet, leeks and lettuce. You can also plant your carrots at this time of year.
Add some colour to your garden with dianthus, cornflower, pansy, viola, Echinacea, stock, verbena and lupins. Having these around your veggies will give some interest and act as beneficial insect attractors!
Spring bulbs are best to plant around your garden now. They require the cool of winter to trigger their growth phases. Tulips, daffodils, jonquils, freesias and hyacinths are popular choices for Canberra.
Top up mulch on your gardens, veggie patches, herb gardens and ornamental beds, as this is important for weed suppression at this time of year. A hot tip is to mulch after watering, this will help retain soil moisture. It is important to keep mulch clear of plant stems however, especially young seedlings as they can start to rot.
Plants feel the need for a feed this time of year. A seaweed tea, or any low environmental impact liquid fertiliser is perfect for the seedlings you've just planted. Apply to the soil early in the morning, following packet instructions.
Weeding is an awesome job to do in Autumn. This will reduce competition for nutrients and water as well as tidying up the garden. It may sound tedious, but it's incredibly rewarding!
Water smarter at this time of the year. Water first thing in the morning, and instead of a quick irrigation, a nice, deep drink a couple of times a week is far more beneficial! Always check soil moisture before watering - don't waste your precious water if mother nature has already done all the hard work for you!
Good luck with your April gardening adventures, we'll be back with more helpful gardening tips next month.