YOURLifeChoices gardening guru, Teena Crawford, loves gardens in autumn and is more than happy to answer subscribers’ questions. This week, she deals with how to keep your garden flourishing as the temperature drops.
Q. Bill’s wilting veggie patch
I’ve always been keen on growing veggies in the little garden that I have, but never seem to have much luck over the autumn months. I rely more and more on what I can grow from my garden to supplement my diet, so can you suggest which varieties are almost fool-proof?
After your summer crops have finished plant some vegetables suitable for the cooler months of the year. It depends on climate and where you live in Australia, but I would suggest broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, lettuce, spinach, carrots, beetroot and peas. These are all good autumn and winter vegetables which help provide a healthy diet.
Q. Violet’s tree dilemma
I have just moved to a smaller house and my garden area is limited. My previous garden was quite large and established and I would like to replicate what I had on smaller scale. Which trees can I plant which won’t grow too large, but are easy to establish?
It’s always hard to leave behind a garden which has been much loved and cared for but, look on the bright side, a smaller garden can be just as pleasing, with less work! Trees suitable for small gardens which establish quite quickly include:
Lagerstroemia indica – ‘crepe myrtle’
Malus ioensis ‘Plena’ – ‘crabapple’
Azara microphylla – ‘box leaf azara’
Eucalyptus crenulata – ‘silver gum’
Acacia floribunda – ‘white sallow wattle’
Q. Toby’s garden surprise
My new garden has many beautiful plants, but I am not sure what some of them are. Can you recommend a good website that I could use to identify them?
It can take a year of pleasant surprises to get to know your garden. Samples of plants about which you are unsure can be taken to your local nursery for identification. Staff will have knowledge about the plants, particularly cultural, and growing information relevant to the local area. Once you have a name (common or botanical) more information can be found on the internet. Try the following website: www.igarden.com.au.