Yates Planting Month is an initiative, which runs throughout the month of April, and aims to encourage people to get out into their backyards, courtyards or balconies and start creating a happy, healthy garden.
Autumn is a great time to start planting and preparing your soil beforehand will give plants the best possible start. Using an organic soil improver helps create rich organic soil which holds more water and nutrients and encourages hard working earthworms and beneficial soil microorganisms. It also provides complete plant nutrition with organic slow release nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium for better root growth, stronger plants and more flowers and fruit.
Gardening expert Angie Thomas has compiled her top five plants to start growing in autumn:
1. Citrus – whether it’s oranges, lemons, mandarins, cumquats, grapefruit or limes, there’s a citrus variety to suit every taste and most climates around Australia.
2. Cool season vegies & herbs – vegies like kale, beetroot, cabbage, broccoli, onions, Brussels sprouts, silverbeet, coriander, rocket, chives and parsley are perfect for planting during April.
3. Spring flowering bulbs – spring flowering bulbs like daffodils, freesias, tulips, hyacinths and anemones are planted in autumn and begin their show stopping flower displays in late winter and spring.
4. Australian native plants – mild autumn conditions are perfect for planting many Australian native trees and shrubs like bottlebrush, grevillea, banksia, lilly pilly and tea tree. There is a huge variety of plants to choose from, ranging from ground covers to hedging plants to natives suitable for growing in containers. The bees and native birds will love you for it!
5. Camellias – many camellias flower during autumn, displaying an amazing variety of flower shades and types and providing much needed colour during the cooler months of the year. Camellias can be chosen and planted during autumn, both into the garden or in a container.
Tips courtesy of Yates