It's time to: October
CLEAN out the fireplace ash and spread it around rose gardens and vegetable patch.
PRUNE back wisteria as soon as it finishes flowering.
Wipe down indoor plant leaves with a mix of water and milk.
Apply complete fertiliser and a dose of iron chelates to gardenias to green up leaves.
PLANT cucumbers, pumpkins, rockmelon, spinach, sweet corn, tomato, watermelon and zucchini.
Watch for signs of lacebug which causes a silvering of the leaves. Spray with Confidor to prevent the pest from damaging the whole plant.
Plant delphinium, petunias, marigolds and nasturtium.
Watch for unsightly sooty mould. Use Eco-Oil to control.
Plant tropical yams, choko, okra, snake beans, squash and sweet potato.
Bag or bait fruit trees to protect against fruit fly attack.
Lay a new lawn.
Clear finished vegetables and flowers.
Check palm trees for the telltale sting marks from cane weevil borers.
Spray new shoots of frangipani with Confidor to prevent damage by the fruit-spotting bug.
Collect seed from dill and basil for next year.
When you have 10 mins
Brew a batch of comfrey liquid ‘tea’ for fertilising crops such as tomatoes, strawberries, eggplant, capsicum, and passionfruit. Half-fill a bucket with fresh comfrey leaves. Place a brick on top to weigh leaves down, then fill the bucket to the brim with water. Top with a lid and let steep. After three weeks the leaves will have broken down. Strain, add to water 1:2 and use when tomato flowers start to bloom. Place old leaves on compost. This ‘tea’ gives fruiting vegetables the potassium kick they need for better-tasting and bigger fruit. Apply fortnightly.