Gardening Calendar

Browse our monthly calendar for advice on what to plant, prune, and feed each month. 

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Gardening calendar November 2020

With Christmas only a few weeks away, get busy planting up some colour so the house looks good for the festive season. Outdoors plant out petunias by the tray-full because they make such a brilliant show. Early summer is a great time to plant tropical and subtropical plants that thrive in the heat. Bougainvillea and frangipani are good examples.

Planting

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Flowers & Ornaments

  • Flowering seedlings to plant now include vinca, petunia, amaranthus, celosia, cosmos, gerbera, marigold, rudbeckia, snapdragon, sunflower, portulaca and zinnia.
  • Prepare and enrich existing soil for cool season plantings with Baileys Soil Improver Plus.
  • Early summer is a great time to plant tropical and subtropical plants that thrive in the heat. Bougainvillea and frangipani are good examples.

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Vegetables & Herbs

  • Seedlings or seeds to plant now include varieties that soak up the sun such as tomato, zucchini, squash, sweet corn, runner beans, capsicum, chilli, pumpkin, okra and cucumber. For something different try growing spaghetti melon.
  • Growing salad lettuce makes sense as these are the mainstay of our summer eating. Become adventurous in your choices as there are many types you can grow. Remember lettuce need lots of watering in summer to thrive. This makes them great value for hydroponic and aquaponic systems. Try growing a salad bowl near to the kitchen with half a dozen different varieties including the cut-and-come-again types.

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Fruits

  • Time to plant passionfruit. Try the two tropical varieties now available - Panama Gold and Panama Red. Also, all tropical fruits are best planted now so they can get up to 6 months of warm to hot weather to establish.
  • Prepare and enrich existing soil for cool season plantings with Baileys Soil Improver Plus.

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Trees & Shrubs

  • If planting a new garden or just a bed, look to grey leaf plants to save water in the future. The grey or silver colour enables plants to reflect the sun's heat away and it is a common trick employed by desert plants.

Feeding

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Flowers & Ornaments


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Fruits


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Pot Plants

  • Indoor plants may have been suffering from a degree of neglect in your house as a result of the cool season where little growth takes place. Re-potting will give them a new lease of life. Use a top of the line mix such as Baileys Indoor Premium Potting Mix. 

Pruning and Maintenance

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Flowers & Ornaments

  • Prune 'once a year' flowering roses, including weeping standards, later this month when their moment of incomparable glory is over.
  • Once spring flowering proteas and pincushion flowers have finished their show of blooms for the year, cut back the growth by about a third. This keeps the bush compact and encourages more flowers next year.
  • Trim early spring flowering plants such as rosemary, Chinese lantern, Geraldton wax flower, Wisteria and Geranium.