What to do this week: Comfrey Tea01 October 2020 Sandra Ross
This home-grown fertiliser contains more potash and more nitrogen than commercial feeds, and costs only the price of a bucket and its water.
Your vegetables will love it, especially your strawberries at the end of winter. Strawberries are growing well and already producing flowers and fruit.
Potted strawberries are starting to produce fruit. Feed them with comfrey tea to help fruit development.
Dahlias take around eight weeks from planting to flowering and can be grown in gardens or large pots.
Plant the ‘sweet potato’ like tubers into moist, humus rich, well-drained soil in a sunny spot. Dig in well-rotted cow manure and plant the tuber 10cm deep. Stake tall varieties at planting time to avoid damaging the tuber. Take care with watering as dahlia tubers are susceptible to rotting. As they grow give your dahlias sulphate of potash and mulch the root zone.
See our story here about how to grow dahlias: gardenclinic.com.au/how-to-grow-article/plants-we-love-darling-dahlias
Plant dahlias now for cut flowers all summer long.
Garden soil quickly becomes hydrophobic when it dries out. This means it repels water. Sprinkle wetting agent granules (Ezi-Wet Granulated Soil Soaker by Richgro) to allow rain water to be absorbed.
Hippeastrum is flowering in warm climate gardens. Good grown in terracotta pots so you can enjoy the flowers indoors. These easy care bulbs flower reliably each year in the garden and in pots.
Hippeastrum ‘Pink Stripe’
Continue to feed spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils, ixias, freesias, ranunculus and anemones to ensure next year’s flowers.