Taupō’s March Gardening Guide: Winter Is Coming
Keep your flower garden blooming with beautiful stock flowers. Photo / Provided
While many vegetables are still in production and the harvest is still underway, there is definitely a noticeable chill in the air.
When the leaves turn golden, gardeners prepare for the transition. It’s time to save excess produce and prepare the beds for the cooler months.
• Pluck vegetables as they die.
• Watch out for slugs.
• The cleaning continues: trim the hedges, mow the lawns, keep the weeds away.
• Lift and divide clumps of perennials.
Brassicas are thriving this season; broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower. If you want a little variety, try adding beets. You can also consider planting onions, carrots or leeks where you had crucifers last year.
Move the crucifers to a new bed with good quality soil. Brassicas are big feeders and need well-drained soil. Space Brassica varieties about 50 cm apart.
If you have limited garden space, growing cabbages in containers of around 30 to 35 liters might be your option. You can plant about five cabbage in a 35 liter container. Try planting spring onions in the same container as a great companion plant for cabbages.
If you have an abundance of tomatoes or zucchini, now is a good time to start storing them (eg tomato or zucchini relish).
Keep your flower garden blooming with beautiful stock flowers. They have stunning displays, a perfect choice for cut flowers and indoor flower arrangements.
This is also the perfect time to plant pansies. Awapuni Nurseries has over 20 varieties of beautiful pansies coming very soon to our website.
Consider growing strong-smelling herbs like thyme and sage. They are useful companion plants for crucifers as they help repel pests.
Fall is the time to plant a wider range of natives. The natives like the cooler breeze and they appreciate the wet weather.
If you are in the warmer parts of New Zealand and are planning to plant natives now, place them in a sheltered spot and water them regularly until more rain and the days shorten.
Ornamental grasses like black mondo grass and sedge are popular choices for newly built homes and sections due to their sleek, sleek, and minimalist look.