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Your Garden – June

Welcome to the new monthly gardening post courtesy of Marcelle Nankervis, author of ‘Smart Gardening.’ Marcelle Nankervis was raised on a small farm where her family grew their own produce and used permaculture without even realising they were. This developed a love of gardening that led to Marcelle obtaining a degree in Horticulture. Since graduating, she has worked in the horticultural media for over sixteen years, including on such notable TV programs and magazines as Burke’s BackyardBetter Homes & Gardens and Your Garden. Having lived and worked in several climates around Australia, Marcelle has a passion for gardening for the future and making it really easy for everyone to get involved.

Winter – Temperate Gardens

Garden Maintenance

  • If you need to relocate a plant now is the time, be sure to minimise root disturbance.
  • Clear out gutters and downpipes from the leaf litter produced by your deciduous trees.


  • Now is the time to take hardwood cuttings of your deciduous trees and shrubs.
  • Prune and divide your autumn flowering perennials.

Lawn Care

  • Aerate lawns with a garden fork or lawn corer.
  • Lower your lawn mowing height.
  • De-thatch the lawn.

The Vegetable Garden

  • Enrich soil with compost.
  • Apply liquid fertiliser to winter vegetables.

The Flower Garden

  • Plant warm climate bulbs.
  • Fertilise autumn flowering bulbs.

The Orchard

  • Plant bare root fruit trees now while dormant.
  • Mulch citrus trees.
  • Prune the following trees and vines, apple, pear, peach and grape.

For more detailed information the book can be purchased from www.exislepublishing.com.au/Smart_Gardening or visit Marcelle’s Blog marcellenankervis.blogspot.com.au

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One Comment on “Your Garden – June”

  1. Davina June 4, 2014 at 8:30 am #

    Great new section! It will be good to have a monthly garden checklist handy, well done!

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