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What to do in the Garden this April

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    Autumn is a fantastic time in the garden. In temperate areas of the country, April gardens are a delight as the beautiful display of foliage colour begins. In South Australia any risk of extreme heat is subsiding, and the cooler nights bring relief for gardens and gardeners alike.

    April is the perfect planting month. The earth is still warm and moist, and the days are very pleasant to be enjoying some great outdoor gardening activity.

    Gardening Jobs for April:
    • April is a busy month in the flower garden clearing up the last of the summer annuals and preparing ground and planting autumn/winter varieties.
    • Fertilise now to resurrect your summer lawn and you can still plant lawns in the early part of the month prior to the soil temperature dropping too low.
    •April is the time to plant flowering annuals such as Alyssum, Calendulas, Dianthus, Delphiniums, Forget Me Nots, Lobelias, Pansies, Primulas, Snapdragons, Stocks, Sweet Peas and violas. Check with us at Barossa for the best local advice.
    • Planting of spring flowering bulbs is still happening for the harvest of colour ahead. Mix bulb food into the soil when planting – this will get them off to a good start once the roots start developing.
    • Lots of winter flowering shrubs and trees are beginning to arrive at Barossa this month – this is the ideal time to plant as it gives the plant time to establish and firm up in the ground before the onset of winter. Remember to stake tall trees when planting.
    • Prune back and fertilise shrubs and climbers as they finish flowering.
    • Plant up pots and containers for autumn and winter colour. Always use premium quality potting mix and feed weekly with a liquid or soluble flowering plant food.
    • New season’s roses will be soon arriving.
    • Order fruiting and ornamental trees now for the upcoming season.


    In the Veggie Patch


    Tropics Sub-tropical Arid Temperate
    Asian Greens Asian Greens Artichoke Artichoke
    Asparagus Basil Beetroot Broad Beans
    Basil Beetroot Broad Beans Broccoli
    Beetroot Broad beans Broccoli Cabbage
    Broccoli Broccoli Cabbage Carrot
    Cabbage Cabbage Cauliflower Cauliflower
    Carrot Cauliflower Chives Celery
    Cauliflower Celery Coriander Garlic
    Celery Chives Dill Mediterranean Herbs*
    Fennel Coriander English Spinach Onion
    Garlic Dill Fennel Radish
    Garlic Garlic Turnip
    Kale Kale Mediterranean Herbs* Swede
    Leek Leek Leek Leek
    Lettuce Lettuce Lettuce Leek
    Mint Mediterranean Herbs* Mint Lettuce
    Parsley Mint Onion Mint
    Potato Onions Parsley Parsley
    Radish Parsley Radish Silverbeet
    Rocket Peas Rocket Spring Onion
    Silverbeet Potatoes
    Spring Onion Radish
    Strawberry Rocket
    Tomato Silverbeet
    Spring Onion
    Snow peas

    *Including Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Marjoram, and Oregano.