Tips & Tricks in Early Winter

Author: The ilikeseeds team  

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Tips & Tricks in Early Winter ☃️

Protecting Plants from Cold 

Because of several reasons, cold effects plants, so protection must start when planting.

  • Choose hardy specimens or even native plants, which will adapt best to their climate.
  • Locate the plant where it will have some shelter from conditions.
  • Apply mulch at the base of plants to protect the root zone.
  • In areas with unpredictable weather, moderate and colder climates, frost barriers may be useful, placed over trees, shrubs and sensitive plants.

​Weather can be extremely unpredictable in some climate zones, so be sensible in plant location and choice of plant, and provide sheltered areas for your specimens. This will help ensure your plants survive over winter with minimal harm. 

Subtropical

(includes: South-east Qld & Northern NSW)

HERBS – plant chamomile, comfrey, dill, garlic bulbs, lavender, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, sage, sorrel and thyme.

FRUIT & VEGETABLES – plant spinach, silver beet, lettuce and early-maturing cabbage.

Tropical

(includes: North Queensland, NT & WA)

HERBS – plant dill, garlic, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, sage, Thai coriander and thyme.

FRUIT & VEGETABLES – sow broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, cucumber, eggplant, peas, patatos, pumpkin, spinach, sweet corn and tomato

Dry 

(includes: Arid or Outback areas)

FRUIT & VEGETABLES – plant artichoke, asparagus, broad beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, lettuce, onion, parsnip, pea, potato, pumpkin, radish, rhubarb, silver beet and spinach.

Moderate

(includes: Sydney, coastal NSW & Victoria)

HERB – plant chamomile, comfrey, coriander, dill, feverfew, garlicbulbs, lavender, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, sage and thyme.

FRUIT & VEGETABLE – plant Chinese greens (for example Pak choi).

Cool & Southern Tablelands

(includes: Melbourne, Tasmania & cool highlands)

HERBS – plant chives, curry, dill, mint, parsley, sage and thyme.

FRUIT & VEGETABLE –  plant artichoke, asparagus, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, Brussels sprout, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, endive, leek, lettuce, onion, peas, snow peas, silver beet, spinach and radish.

Winter Issues

Caterpillars can still be hanging present. If they’re causing unsightly damage, squirt some Pest Oil onto citrus trees. This will smother scale insects and the baby stink bugs that are already hiding in the tree.

Winter colour

During winter, many plants continue growing in preparation for spring to come. Especially in tropical and sub-tropical climates. Bulb leaves have emerged from the soil and seedlings are making steady progress. Sweet peas are moving steadily up their supports. Watch out for snails and slugs – they enjoy the cooler time of year. 

Winter Fragrance

Flower fragrance seems sharper and stronger in the winter air, too. Think of the clear sweetness of daphne perfume, the soft notes of pretty pink luculia and the spicy scent of wintersweet 

Early sweet peas begin blooming in winter, and the perfumed spikes of jonquils and hyacinths brighten the garden.

 

Happy Winter Gardening.............☃️

The ilikeseeds team.

 

 


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