As the weather starts to cool off, it's great to get back out into our gardens. It's a perfect time for planting shrubs and trees as there is still plenty of time for them to establish their roots in their new setting before the cold hits.

Tomatoes, capsicum, zucchini, cucumber, eggplant and a whole host of other summer veggies will be starting to come to the end of their season. Make the most of them while you still can but when they are done, you can replace them with brassicas (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and kale), beets (silver beet, spinach and chard) and alliums (onions, garlic, leek and shallots).

With brassicas inevitably comes white cabbage butterfly. Dipel is a good non-toxic spray or try companion planting land cress, Barbarea vulgaris,to keep the little blighters away.

For a splash of colour at this time of year try pansies, violas and sweet peas (traditionally planted on St Patrick's Day, 17th March).

Spring flowering bulbs are also becoming available although you still have a couple of months to get these in the ground but just think ahead to swathes of daffodils, jonquils and tulips in a few months time!

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