SURVIVE LEVEL 5 | Second part of our A-Z winter gardening guide | Central Western Daily

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Here’s the second part of gardening expert Reg Kidd’s A-Z winter gardening guide. You can see the first part of the A-Z guide by clicking on this link. Moss loves winter. On paths use iron sulphate which will help remove it. If it’s in your lawn aerate it and then use iron sulphate. Look for natural remedies including garlic sprays and pyrethrum. Find on Google or in a gardening guide. Orange’s parks and gardens are great to visit in winter. And orchids are great indoor plants. Propogate. Look at experimenting with hardwood cutting. And pansies, primulas and poppies all provide winter colour. Quince trees are a bit of a favourite says Cr Kidd. When only the fruit is left hanging they look like orange lanterns. Very hardy in drought and produce red, pink or white flowers in later winter, early spring. Roses. There are always new varieties coming out. Climbers, ramblers, old-fashioned roses, bush roses, standards and hybrids. It’s time to clean up overwintering spores. Simple. Keep your gardening simple and enjoyable. Transplanting. It’s time for transplanting and hardwood cutting. It’s an easy way to propogate deciduous trees. They’re the ones that lose their leaves in winter. Underground. It’s time to check your drainage, the PH (the acidity or the alkilinity of the soil) and to renovate garden beds and lawns. Violets of the African type are becoming popular again. With some vivid whites and purples they are always a favourite for a window sill above the kitchen sink. We have been experiencing plenty of weeds in gardens, lawns and vegetable patches. Identify what they are and then remove them. The X-factor is gardening is information. Try Google for almost anything from identification of plants to growing and harvesting. Yates’ garden guide is a handy online tool. There’s a free app for your phone. Calla lillies, (zantedeschia) die down in winter. Pull the tubers up and divide them or if the soil is wet store them for replanting in spring.

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