Tailem Topics – In The Garden This Month

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by Barb Power

During these cooler days of Autumn and with Winter approaching, it’s time to plant broad beans, English spinach, green beans and peas, as well as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, silver beet and lettuce.

Herbs to go in, include coriander, garlic bulbs, marjoram, oregano, parsley, thyme and winter tarragon. Chives and mustard can also be included.

Keep your eyes open for signs of snail and slug damage and scatter around some Slug and Snail Pellets – you can purchase water proof types these days, which are very useful, particularly in this lovely wet weather we’ve had recently.

Any day is a good day to add compost and mulch to your garden beds – vegetables and flowers alike, will show their appreciation in months to come – before you know it, Spring will be here. Once you have the weeding under control, keep it under control, pulling any weeds you see whilst taking your regular strolls around the garden – you’ll be glad you did, come Spring!

These cooler days are also an ideal time to consider what, if any, improvements could be done to your outdoor entertaining areas. Structures such as pergolas, arbors and shade houses are worthy additions to any back yard – not only to enjoy during Summer when entertaining outdoors is more prolific, but these areas can also be the best place to be on a chilly day or night, especially if you have a chiminea or fire pit to toast yourself by. A shade cloth covered pergola is ideal to sit under, even in Winter with droplets of rain dripping through onto the shade-loving plants below – there’s something quite mesmerizing about sitting in a garden in the cool and wet months – so, go on, rug up and get out into your garden with a hot mug of soup and see it in a different light!

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