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# Leaves will be starting to drop, so rake up and add to compost. Now you can make a pile of this good brown material to add to compost with green stuff during the coming months. We tend to have plenty “green”  and not much ‘brown’ and too much “green” makes gluggy compost.

# Sow lupin or mustard seed in areas of veggie garden not in use over winter.

# Christmas and other lilies are available in garden centres from mid May. So don’t forget if you like to have them to pick at Christmas.

#Flowering Polyanthus are good value for instant colour over winter. Give existing ones a teaspoon of Dried Blood and they will come away.

# Prepare areas where you plan to plant new roses now. They will be available beginning of June so it’s good to prepare the hole now.

# Continue to plant tulip and other spring flowering bulbs. Feed bulbs growing in pots with slow release fertiliser.

# If you like to pick flowers for your house plant Iceland Poppies, Stocks, and Anenome now.

# Before it gets too cold plant more vegetable plants, silver beet, spinach and brassicas, if you have room.