Gardening Calendar

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

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Gardening calendar October 2020

With so many plants in flower both in gardens and the bush this is a great month to flash the camera around. This is a good time of the year to plant new shrubs and trees and annual bedding plants for quick colour.

Planting

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Flowers & Ornaments

  • Summer flowering annuals to plant now include petunia, marigold, Livingstone daisy, salvia and portulaca.

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Vegetable & Herbs

  • Take cuttings of sweet potato from the leafy shoots that grow from the tuber. These strike easily in sand. These rooted cuttings will give you the best return on your time and rapidly get growing in the hot season.
  • Tomato time, get them growing. Also, all the summer dominant vegetables - squash pumpkins, cucumber, sweet corn, beans, eggplant, okra, runner beans, zucchini and capsicum.
  • Plant chillies either from seed or seedlings and you could be picking before Xmas. In fact, bright red chillies make showy Christmas tree decorations, but you may just have to warn the kids they're hot. 

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Trees & Shrubs

  • This is a good time of the year to plant new shrubs and trees and annual bedding plants for quick colour.
  • Start topiaries and hedges now that plants are in their growth phase, you will see rapid development.

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Fruits

  • It is the best month to plant exotic fruit trees from the tropics because they can look forward to a long season of warmth to establish before the onset of their worst season - winter. Avocado, mango and even lychee are ideally planted now.

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Pot Plants

  • Indoor and outdoor potted plants can be re-potted now. This gives plants a new lease of life. Potting mixes are pretty depleted after two years and the particle size of the mix gets smaller as the organics continue to break down naturally. Where possible, its good to re pot plants into a larger container so there is fresh soil to nourish your plants. Where impractical, for large potted fruit trees for example, excavate some of the old mix and replace with fresh material. Use Baileys Indoor Premium Potting Mix or Baileys Premium Potting Mix both contain controlled release fertilisers and Grosorb - Everything your plants need is in the bag.


Feeding

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Flowers & Ornaments

  • Time to feed azaleas and camellias now that flowering is finished with Baileys Soil Matters Garden. They can also be pruned to shape if necessary.

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Pot Plants

  • It's also a good idea to feed your indoor and patio plants as these are getting into their most rapid phase of growth for the year.