There is an old timer's adage that the last frost coincides with the full moon in October so wait until this happens and then get busy planting tomatoes, cucumbers, capsicums and other frost sensitive veggies. Water and fertilise them well and you will be enjoying a bountiful crop in no time.

By far my favourite family of plants at this time at year are Ericaceae. This group inludes azaleas, rhododendrons, laurels, heathers, heaths and ericas. They are great plants for the Granite Belt as they love the cold and acidic soil, both of which we have in abundance. Largely, these plants like part shade situations although there are particular varieties that can tolerate full sun. During October the floral display of these plants in their shades of white, pink, red and orange is extraordinarily stunning.

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