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In the garden: August



Wattles are aglow in parks and native bushlands.
The sunshine-yellow pom- poms are prolific, near- covering the green or silvery-grey leaves. Birds, bees and butterflies love them! Try golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha), gold dust wattle (A. acinacea) or Cootamundra wattle (A. baileyana).

Get a head start on tomatoes by sowing seeds indoors into small pots or trays. Sow seeds into seed-raising mix, place on a warm windowsill and and keep soil just moist. We have a tomato workshop at our clubhouse on 13th August, 11.00am - 1.00pm. Call the clubhouse to reserve your seat on 1300 133 100 (Option 2).

In warm areas, cut back and clear winter crops. Dust with lime, dig in compost and organic matter and dress with a thin layer of organic mulch. Your future veggies will love it!

Want to reduce how much water is used to grow veggies? Try wicking beds! Angie Thomas shares how here.

Give hungry citrus a boost by feeding with a complete fertiliser, like Gyganic. Pre-soak the soil, spread around the drip line of the plant and water in well.

Check your indoor plants for signs of mealybug, they particularly love palms, ctenanthe, calatheas and hoyas. They appear as white, cottony mass in the forks of leaves and stems. Treat with Yates Natrasoap.

For Sydney-siders, take a trip up to Leura to see rhododendrons in full bloom.

For Melbournians, the National Rhododendron Garden in the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden VIC is home to a staggering 15,000 rhodos and 12,000 azaleas - a must see!

Sow seeds of long-lasting summer colour, including petunias, zinni, portulaca, and cosmos. Sow direct into sunny beds.