Tips for planting your garden in a Sunshine Coast winter.
With thanks to the Sunshine Coast Daily.
Herbs, roses, cauliflower and kale, grevillias, spinach, violets and tomatoes. From veggies to natives, flowers to trees, there are a variety of plants that we should be planting now on the Sunshine Coast.
"Winter is a great time to plant roses and there are many bare rooted plants available at this time of year. I prefer growing the old-fashioned roses especially China roses as they are much more disease resistant than others and give beautiful displays of flowers all year round. July/August is the time to prune them back by about a third and remove any dead wood. Be sure to clean up any diseased leaves from the ground and mulch well.
"There are some wonderful salvias that flower in the winter and many of these are available at the garden expo this year at Grandma’s Garden. Winter is a good time to plant perennials so prepare your beds well with plenty of organic matter prior to planting. In this climate some perennials put on a good display through the winter where in colder climates they go dormant. Heliotrope, feverfew, violets, incarvillea, ruellia macrantha and tree dahlia’s are all looking good.
"Aloe plants provide a great display of flowers through the winter and many will be available at the expo. Mixed in with perennials they add some structure to the garden. Annuals add lots of colour through the cooler months – nasturtiums not only add colour but the flowers and leaves can be used in salads. The flowers are very high in vitamin C which is much needed at this time of year.
"Herbs are at their best during the winter. Dill and coriander are best grown now as in the summer they rush to seed very quickly. There is a perennial form of coriander called Eryngium foetidum (known as Thai or Mexican coriander) that is drought and frost tolerant. Basil needs to be replaced each spring as generally it doesn’t survive the winter.
"August is like a second spring so now is a great time to be collecting plants to be planted in August. Plants to put in in August include things like lettuces, plants that grow better at this time of year than in summer. Here are the plants I recommend planting in August."
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"Now is a fantastic time to be putting in plants because it's not hot.
"Plants that we should be planting now are things like kale and cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce and Asian greens, tomatoes, silver beet and rainbow chard, herbs and ginger, galangal, tumeric and strawberries.
"Just be sure to feed the plants with a little compost and worm castings in the hole before putting the plants in the ground. This makes all the difference between a thriving plant and an unhealthy plant. Healthy plants are also less likely to get eaten by pests."
"Almost all of the plants that we have here now in the nursery are suitable to plant in winter. But winter is really the best time for Grevillias.
"Winter is a good time to plant because the plants have time to settle in before the summer. The only thing I tell people to be cautious about if they are planting now is if they are likely to get a frost.
"You're also going to see the best results in a plant in winter. Plants planted in the winter months will grow more dense rather than growing fairly open and fairly stretched like they do in summer."