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Hello Autumn! Up your autumn gardening game with these simple steps

Hello Autumn! Up your autumn gardening game with these simple steps

As we say goodbye to summer and roll out the welcome mat for autumn, there’s lots of things you can do to get ready. Autumn is the perfect time to get your garden good and ready for the cooler months ahead. 

So, to help you get your garden flourishing this fall, here are some autumn gardening tips from the team at Plants in a Box!

Show some soil love

Every gardener knows every great garden starts with great soil! One of your top autumn gardening priorities should be giving your soil some love! First, add some organic matter to the surface of your soil. You can use compost, manure, leaf mulch or a combo of all three. This will keep your plant babies nice and snug throughout winter!

Once you’ve got a good layer of organic on top, give your garden beds some light aeration with a pitchfork. This will help oxygen, water, and other nutrients penetrate deeper into the soil. When the cooler weather hits, the decomposing matter will attract worms and they will then breakdown the organic matter into the soil for you. Good on ya wormies!

Prioritise pruning

Early Autumn is a great time to get stuck into pruning. There's still some growth left in your trees and shrubs, but they’re all coming to the end of their growing seasons. Take time to trim any hedges and shape native trees and shrubs. Pay particular attention to Grevillea, Westringia, Leucophyta and Thryptomene species, which will really benefit from an early autumn pruning. 

When it comes to deciduous trees (which seasonally shed leaves), make sure you wait until they are fully dormant (almost naked) before pruning. Pruning these trees too early (or too late) makes them susceptible to fungal attacks!

On that note let’s quickly discuss plant dormancy! It’s an important consideration in autumn gardening.

How do I know when my plants are going dormant?

As the weather cools down, many plants are getting ready for a snooze. By going dormant plants can conserve their energy and get ready for their next growth spurt. As we mentioned before, deciduous plants go dormant by shedding leaves. Evergreens on the other hand, enter dormancy by reducing new growth.

Make your own compost

Want to save some money on composting? Why not make your own! Between your pruning and plants dropping their leaves, autumn gardening provides plenty of brown material to work with. ‘Brown material?’ I here you ask. It’s a composting term!

Brown materials are made up of dry or woody sources like leaves, paper, sawdust, cardboard and coir. They provide compost with a source of carbon. Green materials on the other hand, are nitrogen rich and include things like weeds, grass clippings, kitchen scraps, eggshells etc. For the best compost you need to alternative green and brown layers while it all decomposes. 

Looking for a good composting system for beginners? Check out the Subpod In-Garden Compost System and accessories here

Ease up on the watering

As the temperature drops, you can cut down your watering. Thankfully, the wet season in Australia generally lasts until April (midway through autumn). These continuing rains mean you only need to give your garden beds a nice deep watering once or twice a week. As the weather dries out in May, you might need to up your watering to 2-3 times a week and continue this throughout winter. 

Plant some perennials and evergreens

Autumn gardening is all about planting! It’s ideal time to plant because the weather’s slightly cooler, but the soil is still warm enough for plants to establish before winter, especially in the balmy northern states of Australia. If you’re lucky enough to have had recent rainfall, your soil will be nice and moist.

Try planting some pretty perennials and hardy natives, such as:

You can also plant edible evergreens such as Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Creeping Thyme (Thymus praecox) or aromatic evergreens such the Curry Plant (Helichrysum italicum) or Licorice Plant (Helichrysum petiolare). 

For those in the tropical north or southeast Australia Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana varieties) are also great choices.

Get that veggie patch going

Autumn is the perfect time to plan and plant your winter crops for a bountiful harvest. Aim to get in all of you brassicas (cabbage, kale, Asian greens, broccoli and cauliflower) by the start of April so they have time to settle in before winter. 

Some other winter crops to plant in autumn include:

  • beetroot
  • broad bean
  • celery 
  • fennel
  • lettuce 
  • parsnip
  • peas 
  • radish
  • silverbeet 
  • spring onion 
  • turnip

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