Writer gardener JACKIE WARBURTON check out garden art, weeds, pumpkins and roses this week.
A good garden design has a balance between hardscape and softscape and, more importantly, has art or sculpture somewhere in the garden.
Art in the garden doesn’t have to be expensive. A handmade work of art provides a depth of pleasure, whether it’s an individual piece you made or someone else’s creation.
When adding art to the garden, find a focal point and consider multiple views of that space, think about scale, style, and color.
I have large mosaic pots in my garden that I made myself and I move them to different spaces for a change. Art can also be a bird feeder or something small, as long as it creates visual interest.
THE garden has grown prolifically with constant rains and weeds need to be pulled out before they produce seeds.
The old adage “one year of seeds equals seven years of weeds” is so true. Weeds can be put in the green bin or placed in a burlap bag submerged in a bucket of water to steep for a few weeks.
Dilute the following liquid with 10 parts water and it can be used in the compost or garden. Keep a lid on the “tea” while it is brewing as it can be a bit smelly. Keep mosquitoes and flies out of the liquid.
The ROSES are going to do the show this year, but the leaves will be terrible with black spots and yellow leaves.
The rain is the cause of this, so we have to pluck the leaves and put them in the bin and not compost them. Keep the roses dead to encourage more blooms as well.
Just about any vegetable can be planted now, the last chance to get a summer harvest before fall.
Water with Seasol or any seaweed extract every two weeks or so and remember that this is a soil amendment, not a fertilizer. Mulching vegetables with sugar cane or pea straw will help retain moisture in the soil and reduce weeds.
The CULTIVATION of pumpkins is very satisfactory, and the yield can be abundant and can be stored for a long time in winter. They have male and female flowers on the same plant (monoecious). Male flowers come first, then female flowers. The difference between the flowers is a bulge at the base of the females.
Pumpkins need a sunny place to grow and lots and lots of space, and lots and lots of compost. They take between 70-120 days to mature in Canberra, usually after the first frost around the end of April, then they will be ready for harvest. Golden Nugget is a shrub variety with tasty berry fruit and there is the medium-growing Butternut if space is an issue.
THE NSW Christmas Bush (Ceratopetalum gummiferum) is in bloom. It is a spectacular little tree that can only be grown in a sheltered spot in the garden or pot. Large branches mixed with red and green kangaroo paws on the Christmas table make a wonderful display.
As the weather warms, water in the cool of the day and preferably in the morning or use drip irrigation. Make sure the sprinklers are working efficiently by watering the garden, not the soil.
NOW is the time to make semi-leafy cuttings from plants such as camellias and spring-flowering shrubs.
Use new growth that is just starting to harden i.e. dark green / brown stems. Take cuttings about 10 cm long, just below a node, remove all the leaves from the lower half of the stem, dip them in honey, plant them in the propagation mixture and hold them. wet.
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Ian Meikle, editor