WHAT TO PLANT
With end of the season fast approaching it’s a great time to consider crop rotation in the veggie patch, to get some nitrogen back in the soil pre spring. Before planting leafy vegetables, plant some legumes such as peas, beans, and lentils. Legumes feed lightly and have the ability to ‘fix’ nitrogen into soils, improving the nitrogen content for future plantings.
Consider planting some beautiful late flowering plants to bring the birds back into the landscape, to enjoy or to pick for yourself and put inside. Plants such as Banksias, Acacias, Callistemons and Grevillea are all fantastic plant groups because they produce lots of pollen and nectar, bringing birds and bees into the garden.
Plant succulents closer to the house for water wise planting, bringing in a burst of colour and interest. Succulents are great plants to add architectural shapes and interest to the foreground of the garden. They can help create unique colour interest, and guide your eye through the softer textural planting.
This story originally appeared as part of a collaborative series between Phillip Withers and Yarra Valley Water. See more of this series here!