Autumn Gardening Tips

Follow this autumn gardening advice from our Community Gardening team to help keep your garden in a top notch condition!

Prepare

Prepare your soil. A cheap, easy and fantastic way to improve your soil is by creating compost. By improving your soil your plants will be more healthy, happy and tasty.

Find a shaded area and create a cylinder from chicken wire or something similar, then:

  • Fill with wet leaves, grass clippings and vegetable scraps, and top up every few weeks — larger leaves can be mulched with a mower to speed up the decomposition process.
  • If you want to have a GRAND compost heap then introducing compost worms is the way to go! Add the worms over a layer of soil approximately half-way up your pile. The worms can convert acidic leaves into a neutral compost.
  • Allow the heap to stand for three to six months to allow full decomposition.
  • You have some beautiful compost to enrich your garden!

Prune

  • Once they have finished flowering prune hydrangeas, rosemary, lavender, roses, geraniums, fuchsias and buddleja.

Tidy

  • Leaving fruit around will encourage fungal diseases and fruit fly activity so dispose of fallen fruit and renew fruit fly baits regularly.
  • Look out for increased caterpillar activity during autumn.

Protect

  • Cover with mosquito net to protect plants from White-cabbage Butterfly.
  • Another very effective method is inter-planting as this makes it difficult for caterpillars to migrate between their favourite plants. Ffor example, caterpillars love cabbage plants so some gardeners successfully use beans to disguise the shape and smell of young cauliflower plants when planted on a ratio of approximately 1:10 (‘1’ representing a member of the cabbage family and ‘10’ representing other plants).

Grow

  • Purchase deciduous trees now so you can see their autumn colours.
  • Now is the time to plant beetroot, cabbage, brussel sprouts, broad bean, capsicum, chinese cabbage, leeks, lettuce, a variety of herbs, onion, parsnip, pea, radish, shallot, spinach, turnip and artichoke suckers.