Home' The Chronicle : Canberra Chronicle 01-03-16 Contents 27 - Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Take pruning one snip at a time
There is much to do in the garden at this time of the year.
In the garden
There is much to do in the garden over
the next few weeks.
The pruning of overgrown summer
flowering shrubs and vines can be a
major chore -- something best tackled
If you are not quite sure how to do
it then just cut back by a third, which
gives you the option of thinking,
Well that looks better but it could do
with a little more off--Ihaven tspoilt
Quite a few plants, lavender,
conifers and many natives in
particular, will fail to produce new
growth after cutting back into old bare
Early autumn is an ideal time to
select new plantings, which will be
quick to establish new roots in still-
At this time of year all established
plants, including trees, shrubs and
lawns, will benefit from a helping of
plant food to sustain what is normally
a burst of autumn growth.
A balanced fertiliser -- one with the
NPK as noted on the back of the pack
in similar proportions to the classic
10:9:8 -- is acceptable for general
shrubs and trees, with the exception of
native plants, which prefer much lower
levels of P (for phosphorus), or plant
foods of an organic nature such as
pulverised animal manure, blood and
bone and well-made composts.
Fruit trees will appreciate a feed that
is comparatively high in nitrogen
which in turn will be stored within the
tissue to assist in next years bud
Use fertiliser only in accordance
with the directions on the pack. If it
says 50 grams or so to the square
metre, you can be sure that 100 grams
is not going to be twice as effective,
but quite often the opposite.
Too much can produce devastating
effects such as burnt foliage or soil that
becomes toxic to plant roots
Where necessary divide
any spring flowering border
perennials like heuchera,
ajuga and hellebores,
replanting them into compost
enriched, fertilised ground.
Agapanthus and bearded iris
can also be divided now.
Cutting iris foliage into a
traditional fan shape helps
stabilise the shallowly planted
rhizome which needs
exposure to the sun to
Plan to pot up containers
and baskets of winter-
flowering annuals before the
middle of April. Pansies and
violas are long-term garden
value, blooming for as long as
six to nine months. Along with
bulbs; dianthus, poppies and
polyanthus are also value-for-
money, late winter and spring
flowering container plants.
Buy packets of mixed
sweet pea seeds for the
traditional sowing on St
Patrick's Day, March 17. It's
beneficial to soak the seed in
warm water for several hours
before hand. Don't be tempted
to discard any small, shrivelled
seeds as they usually produce
some of the much-valued blue
and mauve flowers.
Sow seeds of Asian greens,
corn salad, lettuce, English
spinach, Florence fennel,
mesclun, oriental turnips and
winter radishes (daikon).
It s Bonsai Week at the National
Arboretum so get involved in the
beauty and artistry of this ancient craft.
Free daily one-hour demonstrations
are available to the public to learn
about bonsai style and shaping
techniques from 10am to 1pm.
Or alternatively enjoy a half-hour
curator s tour of the National Bonsai
and Penjing Collection of Australia
daily from 11am-2pm.
On Friday, March 4, international
bonsai artist Pavel Slovak will discuss
styling options and reveal species-
specific tips in a free session from
2-3pm before the Gala Cocktail
Evening, which is from 5.30pm-9pm.
Gala tickets cost $35 and include three
canapes and one drink.
Book by calling 02 6207 8484 or
FOOD PRICE CUTS AIM
TO FOSTER CROWDS
With the rugby union and rugby league
seasons set to get under way shortly,
the ACT government has announced
that the prices of popular food items at
GIO Stadium will be reduced in 2016.
Meat pies and hot chips will be $1
cheaper, plain hot dogs will be $5
rather than $6.50 and salad will be $5,
down from the previous $7 price.
It s hoped the food price drop will
encourage more fans to attend games.
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