Gardening Australia – September 2019

(Jacob Rumans) #1

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ithplantssurgi growth,I’m
wondering:howdoyoufeedyourplants?Ifeed
mostplantsalittlebit,often,inthesamewaythat
a13-year-oldwillleavehisroomeveryhalf-hour
torefuelfromthecrackerbarrel.Ontheotherhand,myItalian
neighbour,whogrowsroses–andonlyroses–inhisfront
yard,hasanannualritualoflayingabagofmanureatthebase
ofeachplant,scrapingawaythetopsoilanddiggingthegood
stuffin.Therosesarebeautiful.
Ifyouranswertothefeedingquestionis“Idon’t”,isthat
becausethefertilisermarketcanbeconfusing?Ourstory
onpage 54 guidesyouthroughthejungleoforganicversus
inorganic,liquidversuspelletised,andmore.Awell-nourished
plantisahappyplant...justlikeus.
Anotherpotentiallyjunglytopiciswatertanks.Inthiseraof
widespreadwaterrestrictions,andloworerraticrainfall,Ican’t
overstatethesatisfactionandpeaceofmindthatcomeswith
knowingyouhavewatertouseonyourgardenwheneveryou
want.Ifyoudon’talreadyhaveatank,it’stimetobitethebullet
anddoit.Ourguideonpage 49 showsyouhow.
Youneverstoplearningasagardener,andthismonthmy
lessonwasasimpleone.Ididn’tknowthatatplantingtime,
it’sbesttoremovethestaketheplantwasattachedto.Why?
Findoutwithourstoryonpage39,inwhichweshowyousix
basicskillsthateverygardenershouldknowhowtodo.
Meanwhile,JackieFrenchhaswrittenarichlylovelypiece
thatnailsthesensationthatinagarden,wearewherewe’re
meanttobe,doingwhathumansaremeanttodo.Andincase
youmissedit,here’sapicfromtheTVWeekLogieAwards.
GardeningAustraliawonMostPopularLifestyleProgram,and
CostawasvotedMostPopularPresenter–sharinghisLogie
witheveryoneontheplanehome,viathehosties’trolley.
It’sallgoodfun,andgreatrecognitionforajobwelldone!

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