It's now winter and the temptation is to stay indoors next to the heater. But there's still jobs to do around the garden that will ensure great results when the weather starts to get warmer later in the year.
Here's some tips from the Bunnings team about what to do in the garden in June.
If you live in a tropical area now is the time to plant leeks, rocket, beetroot, celery, lettuce broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, onions, spinach, silverbeet and sweet potato. For something sweet, plant strawberries rockmelon, kiwi fruit and figs. If you’re after herbs, go for basil, garlic, ginger, sage, oregano, rosemary, marjoram, chives and coriander. Marigolds, lupins, pansies and violas will brighten up your garden.
In sub-tropical areas you can start planting beans, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, peas, lettuce, rocket and snow peas. When it comes to herbs you can plant chicory and garlic. For a splash of colour go with marigolds, lupins, pansies and violas.
In temperate climates, it’s time for Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, peas, beans, radish, turnips, swedes and strawberries. For herbs, there’s garlic, chamomile, lemon grass, mint and lemon balm. And to attract pollinators like bees, plant cornflower, calendula, pansies, matthiola, viola and snapdragons.
In colder regions, you can start planting, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, peas, beans, turnips and rhubarb crowns. Planting sage among these will help repel caterpillars and moths. Dianthus, cornflower, pansy, verbena, and lupins will add some colour to your garden.
June is all about citrus fruit, so mandarins, oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit are ready to pick. There’s also pink lady apples, while in warmer parts of the country tomatoes, bananas and melons are ripe and ready. When it comes to vegies, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, potatoes, pumpkin and spinach are all in season.
Winter is the time to feed your growing bulbs with a seaweed fertiliser or a low-environmental impact liquid fertiliser, it will give them a real kickstart. Don’t forget to give your fruit trees a feed as well.
When your azalea buds start showing some colour, spray them with fungicide, this will protect them against petal blight.
Heavy rain may have washed away some mulch, so now is the time to top it up in your vegie patches, herb gardens and ornamental beds. Mulching is a good way to stop weeds as well as keeping in moisture. When applying mulch, make sure you keep it away from plant stems, especially young seedlings. It’s also best to mulch after you’ve watered.
If you still need to water your garden, do it first thing in the morning. But check the moisture level of your soil before turning on your tap or reticulation.
Remember that the Bunnings team now provides specific garden diary advice for your state. There's guides for Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Northern Territory.
Feel free to let us know what you're up to in the garden at the moment by replying below or hitting the Start a discussion button.
I was just wondering whether there's anything I can plant under full shade (basically on sides of my patio) in this time. I have some spare timber, but I dont have a proper spot other than inside.
Just thought of asking since I read this post
We would be happy to help. Where are you based @nuwa? It might also assist community members to see the area in order to give you plant recommendations. Please let me know if you need a hand uploading a photo.
Im in South Australia - Newton (12 km away from Adelaide City). I have googled and went through websites on gardening, But all requires few hours of direct sunlight. Area is not dark, but no direct sunlight
You could try shade-loving hosta, hellebore, liriope, heuchera, ajuga, begonia (including tuberous begonia), lamium, even some succulents. There are many named varieties of most of these plants, and they should all do well in your climate. While they are shade-lovers, they do need good ambient light, which you seem to have in the chosen spot.
Rather than groups of individual pots, why not look at a planter box or two and group plants together for maximum effect. Use good quality potting mix, don't allow plants to dry out especially in summer. You could even try some of those mentioned in larger hanging baskets suspended from the roof beams.