Festival of colour around the corner
AUGUST is a very exciting month in the garden as the signs of spring begin to come to life before us.
This is a month of wonderful colour as the landscape comes alive with brilliant glowing wattle trees in flower.
Spring flowering bulbs are pushing their way through the cool winter soil and the trees that have been enjoying a winter rest are showing signs of exploding into new life and colour.
August is a busy time in the garden. Dig in compost and manure to prepare garden beds for the season of growth and abundance ahead.
This is a fabulous time to plant new trees and shrubs and to divide those summer flowering perennials that have almost been forgotten about.
Winter flowering annuals and perennials such as pansies, violas, dianthus and snapdragons are still looking brilliant.
Seeds and seedlings of flowering plants such as alyssum, cosmos, cleome, carnations, marigolds, nasturtium, petunia, phlox, snapdragons and zinnia can be planted now to begin the festival of spring colour.
This is one of the best times of the year to plant out the vegie patch.
Capsicum, chilli, eggplants, pumpkin, snow peas, strawberry, tomatoes and zucchini are just some of the many plants that can be planted during August to add to your food forest.
Once gardens are planted, a nice thick covering of fresh mulch will have the gardens looking fantastic and help to hold moisture and to control weeds.