Autumn is actually the perfect time to plant - at Yates, it is known as ‘the second spring’!
Now that summer has come to an end, the weather is cooling and you may be wondering what to plant in your garden.
As we begin to enjoy the autumn weather, it’s time to get your gloves on and start growing some delicious and colourful plants.
Here's my sowing and growing guide for March:
March is a fantastic time to plant a new citrus tree, whether it’s in a backyard or in a pot on a sunny balcony, veranda or patio. Look out for dwarf citrus varieties that produce normal-sized fruit on more compact trees - they’re perfect for smaller spaces.
You can never have enough lemons for sweet and savoury dishes, snackable mandarins and delicious oranges. But be aware - ciitrus are really hungry plants, so feed them regularly with a special citrus plant food.
Spring flowering bulbs
It’s time to plan for a floral frenzy of spring bulbs like daffodils, hyacinths, freesias and anemones. They can be planted in gorgeous drifts out in the garden, or grown in pots where they can be displayed in outdoor entertaining areas.
To add extra excitement to your outdoor space, plant some low growing flowers like pansies, violas, English daisies and alyssum around the bulbs. These plants will also help to prolong the flower show when the bulbs start to fade.
Supercharge your salads, pizzas, pasta and pesto with handfuls of vibrant and peppery rocket. They’re easy to grow at home in both a veggie and herb patch or in pots in a sunny or partly shaded spot.
Regular picking and applications of a nitrogen-rich liquid plant food will help promote lots of fresh new leaves. But, watch out for rocket-devouring caterpillars, which can be picked off by hand or controlled with an organic caterpillar spray.
Start an autumn veggie patch
Veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, kale and Brussels sprouts love the cooler weather and are ideal for a backyard veggie patch or raised garden bed. Enrich the soil before sowing or planting by digging in some organic soil improver, which will also encourage hardworking earthworms and beneficial soil microorganisms.
Keep the soil moist while the new plants establish and feed regularly throughout the growing season with an organic-based plant fertiliser to promote lots of healthy growth and a great harvest.