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Top Gardening Tips For August


Top gardening tips for August

  • Delight in the beautiful blooms of cyclamens and cymbidium orchids. Their long-lasting flowers are sure to lift your spirits on dull, wintry days. Bring pots of them indoors to add appeal to your living area.
  • Let your lawn grow as tall as practicable. This helps the grass to resist wear during the warmer months and smother weeds.
  • Throw out tired pot-plants and brighten up your garden or balcony with new containers and fresh plantings. Use a premium grade potting mix and wear strong gardening gloves and a mask. Always wash your hands thoroughly after working in the garden.
  • Revamp your entertaining area. Youll be using it more when the warmer weather arrives. A few containers can establish the setting or style and the choice is endless. But dont overdo the number of pots or the variety of plants.
  • Germinate some bean sprouts indoors on a sunny windowsill. Cress, alfalfa, mung beans and snow peas should be up within a week or so.
  • Grow your own fruit. Dwarf varieties of fruit trees (with normal size fruit) are ideal if space is limited. Meyer lemon, Ballerina apple or Trixzie nectarine are perfect for small gardens, courtyards or balconies.
  • Prune hibiscus by up to one-third of the foliage. Feed every six to eight weeks with an organic fertiliser to encourage vigorous growth during the warmer months.
  • Protect vegetables and fruit trees from hungry birds and possums by fixing netting firmly into the ground. Use 4cm-square woven netting to exclude eager predators without trapping or injuring them.
  • Remove the flowers from spring bulbs when they have finished and feed bulbs with an organic fertiliser. Dont remove their leaves until they have completely died down naturally (which might take several weeks). The nutrient from the leaves passes into the bulb to promote growth and flowering for next year.
  • Enjoy the magical sight of deciduous magnolias (Magnolia sp.) in full bloom, the beautiful pinky red blossoms of flowering cherries (Prunus sp.) and the mauve pink plumes of the misty plume bush (Tetradenia sp.).

July, 2006




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