Garden Calendar
             
Arno King
   
 
   

After both record spring and summer rainfalls, the ground is moist to some depth, if not sodden, in most areas. The temperatures are starting to fall and gardens are looking lush and green. This is probably the most pleasant time of year to be out in the garden and plants establish rapidly when transplanted.

To inspire you further, visit some of the many gardens that are open to the public at this time of the year. Some of the most famous ones open to take advantage of the fabulous weather. Have a look at the layout, what plants are used and how they are maintained. Owners or garden helpers are usually on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Continue planting and dividing plants but where possible, put off major construction, earth-works and paving until the dry season. Storms and heavy rain can still do damage to exposed areas and wash loose topsoil and mulch away.

The article looks at:

  • Vegetables
  • Crop Rotation
  • Annuals
  • The Shadehouse
  • Ponds

Special information is alsoprovided for:

  • Vegetable planting schedule for February, March and April
    for subtropics and tropics
  • Annual planting schedule for February, March and April

 

From a 9 page Feature Article in Issue Twenty Two
 
 
Solanum tuberosum ‘Desiree’ is a popular potato for home gardens.
 
For inspiration, observe combinations of flowering plants at Open Gardens.
 
Viola ‘Heartsease’ for a splash of colour.
 
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