We spoke to Melissa King, horticulturist and Northcote Pottery Brand Ambassador to hear her autumn gardening tips and tricks.
The colder weather, says King, is the perfect to get stuck in the garden.
“The soil remains warm, providing optimal conditions to get plants in the ground, rejuvenate the garden and enjoy the outdoors with the whole family,” she says. “Be sure to keep the water up to your young, growing seedlings. Check your local water restrictions for ways to keep gardens hydrated.”
What to plant
“The cool season veggie patch is in full swing and there’s plenty on the planting menu,” says King. Autumn planting is time for cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, peas, onions and kale, she says.
Keep house plants happy
If your house plants are looking a little dusty, give them a little fresh air and shower. A spray hose does the best job, says King.
“Use it on a gentle shower spray setting to unclog those plant pores and get the foliage looking shiny and healthy again,” she says. “Allow the plants to drain properly , then bring them back inside so they are warm again.”
With more moisture come more weeds, so why not give your garden a good weeding.
“These pesky plants are easier to pull out after an autumn rain, and its best to do this whilst they are still young, particularly before they flower and set seed,” says King.