The Edinburgh Realty eNewsletter
Issue #108 | April 2022Archive
Six top tips for your autumn gardening
The days are getting shorter and cooler but underfoot, the ground is still warm and ripe for planting. Getting a few things underway this month will set you up for rewarding, colourful and bountiful beds for the rest of the year, with our six top tips for autumn gardening.
- Break it down. Sweep autumn leaves into lovely free piles of goodness for your garden. Use them as mulch, or add them to your compost with a balance of veggie scraps and garden waste.
- Build it up. Autumn’s a great time to build a new garden bed. Choose a spot that matches the sunshine needs of the plants you’re keen to grow and prepare the soil well with a good fertiliser and plenty of water.
- Plant now for winter grazing. Get your leafy greens under way with kale, rocket, silverbeet, spinach or lettuce, and Otago favourites - beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprout, cabbage, cauliflower, leek, radish, garlic and onion.
- Hit the ground growing. Planting new trees and shrubs in autumn helps them to establish a stronger root system, for a healthy head-start on spring growth.
- Start bedding down. Tidy up, cut back and clear out flowering annuals that have done their dash. Keep moisture even and weeds at bay with a fresh layer of mulch all around.
- Beautify and brighten. For pops of winter colour, plant pansies, polyanthus and calendula, and pop in a selection of perennial bulbs for a warm spring welcome, year after year.