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Seasonal changes


Think ahead to spring and start improving heavy, clay-based soil by digging it roughly so different levels are exposed to winter frosts, winds, rain and sun.

Final winter crops


Cabbage, cauliflower and silverbeet can still be planted to stand the winter. Ground from which potatoes have been lifted recently is ideal for these crops.

Maintaining soil health


Cabbage, cauliflower and silverbeet stalks should be cleared from the ground once the plants have been harvested.

Change of seasons


By now, cooler areas may have had a touch of frost, but in all regions carrots, being cold-tolerant, can be left in the ground until August.

Benefits of early work


Potato crops can be harvested before the tops have died right away from the plants.

Garden maintenance a must

VegetablesGarden maintenance is important at this time of the year.

Hoe regularly between rows to control weeds and maintain a good texture (tilth) of the soil.

Small weeds can be left on the ground but any with flower heads should be put in the compost bin as many will make a last-ditch attempt and produce seeds on severed stems.

Onion seed will withstand winter

Vegetables Onion seed sown this month will withstand the winter, then mature into good-sized bulbs for harvesting next summer.

Prepare soil with wood ash (if you can get it), lime and some garden compost, or a general garden fertiliser.

Space cleared of early potatoes or peas is ideal for growing onions.

Mix vegetables with flowers for results

Vegetables There is a good case for mixing vegetables with flowers to get the best production from gardens, especially those that lose the sun early.

By now, planting of winter greens broccoli, cauliflower, silverbeet and celery should be complete.

Celery needs regular and plentiful watering at this stage to stop it running to seed.

Use nasturtium to add a bite to salads

VegetablesIn all but the coolest areas, radishes sown now will not thrive, tending to bolt to seed, even when the soil is kept moist, and those that do mature being unacceptably sharp in flavour.

Keeping soil hoed lowers moisture loss

Keeping soil hoed lowers moisture loss

VegetablesKeeping the soil hoed at this time of year not only keeps down weed seedlings but also gives vegetables an effective mulch of broken soil that prevents loss of moisture lower down in the ground.

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