Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Gardening on the Downs

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Gardening on the Downs

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GARDENING is good for the mind, good for the body and, without wanting to sound like a "greeny", it is good for the environment.

Frustration will often creep in to the gardener when the extreme weather range takes effect.

Here on the Southern Downs we can have a maximum-minimum variation of about 45 degrees.

Such weather extremes can be a major hit to your pocket if you are not planting your garden with species that will handle our climate.

It is horses for courses.

Put the right plant in the right place and grow it with the right techniques.

The outcome may just surprise you.

Now the $64 question is what is the right plant?

This is where the good for your body comes in.

Before planting anything get out in your neighbourhood and go for a walk .... Yes a walk.

While on the walk look at what is flourishing in your area.

It helps to know what the plants are so if the property owner is not in the garden take a photo of the plants that take your fancy.

With this information in hand pop into the Garden Centre where we can guide you in the final selections.

If you should happen to see a plant on television don't get too excited.

All too often the plants featured are often new release and have had very little trialling and are nearly always quite difficult to obtain.

Spring tips for your garden

Spring has arrived as quickly as winter has vanished. If you have not started your spring garden maintenance now is the time.

Here a few hints to consider:

If you have not pruned your roses it is time. Once you have completed the pruning give your plants a spray with lime sulphur. Do not use the lime sulphur on roses that have leafed up.

Most plants will now benefit from a good feed. Use a fertiliser that is suited to the plant you are working on. It is nearly impossible to get a generic fertiliser that will work well on everything. Pay particular attention to what you use on your natives.

Things like your perennial salvia, lavender and rosemary need to be cut hard now. …

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