Winter Wisdom for the Garden

from The Mitchelton & Districts Garden Club

Frost coating a plant

We are in the month of June; the first month of winter. A weather forecaster said, ‘We are in for a wet winter’. Day temperatures have been pleasant, but when the winter chill sets in you’ll need to consider how to lessen the effects of this in your garden. Here are a few valuable tips.

Never water your garden before 9am or 4pm. The early morning watering keeps the plants chilled for longer than necessary and the evening watering can cause fungi and disease to attack the plants. After 4pm there is no warmth to dry up the moisture which clings to everything until the sunshine comes the next day.

Should you live in an area that is subject to frost first thing each morning, check frost isn’t on your plants. It looks like crushed ice blanketing everything. Actually, it is frozen dew, and when the sun strikes it the plants get burnt, especially new growth. To prevent this give a quick spray with the hose and the frost will melt before the sun causes any damage.

A clear plastic 2 litre soft drink bottle cut off where the top starts to taper makes a good miniature hot house. Fill a pot with an opening about the same size as the bottle, with moist striking mix. Dip the slip in a hormone cutting power or honey. Then insert the slip in the potting mix and cover with the plastic dome. Leave in a well lit, protected place – not direct sunlight – for weeks. Check every now and then. Condensation keeps the moisture in a pot.

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Strong winds are a menace. Endeavor to shield your plants from these. Use a heavy pot to cover the plant or with three or four ‘posts’ around the plant, pull a plastic bag over these to make a shutter. The bag will need to be well anchored. Anything you can think of to break the wind is better than nothing.

Seasol is a product every gardener should have. The label says: ‘Completes garden health treatment. Stimulates root development. Promotes healthy growth in plants. Enhances flowering and fruiting. Increases resistance to heat, drought, frosts, pests and diseases.’

As the uncertainty about COVID-19 social distancing rules are being changed, the next date for the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club is unknown.

At normal times, the garden club meets at the Enoggera Memorial Hall in Trundle Street on the first Thursday of the calendar month. New members are always welcome. Please phone 3356 1256 for more information.

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