Stanthorpe dahlia grower Betty Balch with one of her dahlias.
Stanthorpe dahlia grower Betty Balch with one of her dahlias.

Gardeners prepare for next season

AFTER one of the best autumn shows in years it’s time for interested gardeners to start thinking about preparation for the next season.

Warwick Horticultural Society committee members Shirley Olive and Mal Hooke said it was time to start preparing gardens to plant bulbs for spring.

Mrs Olive said to be careful you don’t plant too early because it still may be too hot in early autumn and May was the prime time to plant the bulbs.

“All the bulbs are due to go in soon. This year might be different though, it’s hard to tell with this weather,” she said.

“It is time to mulch the ground now with manure in preparation.”

The best bulbs to plant are ranunculus, jonquils, daffodils and tulips, which are all common around this area and fairly easy to grow.

“Check with the nurseries too because they know what grows and can advise you further,” Mrs Olive said.

Mr Hooke is a keen rose grower and suggested to let roses die right down and get the garden beds ready for spring.

In the vegetable garden it is time to start planting peas, cabbage, cauliflower, silverbeat, turnips and carrots.

Mrs Olive and Mr Hooke both agreed a common mistake was over-watering.



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