27 May 2011
Now that the weather is cooler, we need to start taking care of our Bacchus Marsh gardens a little differently.
During winter we normally don’t need to give our gardens as much attention, but by no means should we neglect them altogether.
In winter your plants will still need watering, but they shouldn’t need as much water as they do in the warmer months of the year.
So make sure you don’t over-water your garden and when you do it’s best to water in the mornings, so that your plants have a chance to dry before nightfall.
Wet plant foliage is an ideal breeding ground for fungal diseases, so when you are watering your plants, try and just water the soil itself, so that the foliage doesn’t get too wet.
Another thing to pay attention to in the garden over winter is whether or not you’re using the right type of fertiliser. In winter it is best to choose a garden fertiliser that is high in potash (potassium), whereas in spring or autumn a fertiliser high in nitrogen would be a better choice.
By doing a couple of things differently in your garden over winter, it will help keep your plants healthy and you’ll be sure to have a beautiful, flourishing garden by the time spring comes back around!