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Autumn is nearly here, but before the leaves start to change colour there should still be enough time to keep enjoying zucchini and tomatoes for a bit longer. But winter is coming, so make sure you prepare by planting spring bulbs and getting the veggie garden ready.
Start planting your winter veggie garden. Stagger your planting over the next month to help stagger your harvest.
Direct sow carrots and parsnips into prepared, weed-free beds. Plant seedling or sow seed in seed raising trays of cabbages, kale, beetroot, broccoli, lettuce, coriander and parsley.
Plant compost crops such as lupins into empty beds.
It’s a great time to plant citrus and feijoas, and we’ve a great range instore, including some unusal and delicious citrus.
Limequats - Delicious miniature limes, perfect for drinks. Fruit almost all year round.
Yuzu - Cold hardy, zesty and used to incredible effect in japanese cuisine.
Feijoa - Currently fruiting, make sure you try some so you can plant you favourite variety.
Camellias These easy to grow evergreen shrubs produce an abundance of gorgeous flowers from autumn through till winter.
Hedging Grow your own privacy! Autumn is a great time to plant hedges.
For quick growing taller hedges check out our griselinias and eugenias, or for something small, try buxus (box hedge) or corokias. For more advice visit www.kings.co.nz/garden-news/hedges-grow-your-own-privacy
Flowers such as Marigolds, Gazanias, and Petunias will last well into autumn. But as it cools, start to plant winter flowering annuals such as pansy, calendula, and polyanthus.
Garden Mums are in and looking great! Coming in an array of colours they stunning indoors and out.
Cyclamen, flowering from autumn right through winter, the perfect way to darken up those shadier spots.
Plant now for a glorious display next spring.
Harvest your summer veggies, such as tomatoes and courgettes to keep them fruiting. Keep on top of any weeds, as they can really take of this year.
Harvest pears, apples and early season feijoas. Net fruit as needed to protect them from the birds. Keep an eye out for guava moth as you harvest (see our plant doctor section for more).
Summer prune deciduoius fruit trees as they finish producing fruit. For more help with summer pruning visit www.kings.co.nz/garden-news/to-prune-or-not-to-prune
Keep flowers well fed and watered, and deadhead spent flowers regularly to keep them healthy and flowering for longer.
Keep your lawn and garden lush and healthy this summer by watering correctly. Deeply water plants on a regular basis, especially when they are young. To make things easier check out some of our irrigation systems or add saturaid to your pots or garden beds to reduce your watering needs.