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What to Plant in Your Garden this Month

What to Plant in Your Garden this Month

Not sure which vegetables to plant, when to harvest them, and how to set up your flower beds for spring success? Follow this guide.

Having a plan for what to plant and harvest when will keep your garden thriving all year long. There’s plenty of planti
ng and harvesting to be done this month, but it’s also time to get your garden ready for winter.

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It’s a good time to plant out biennials (short-lived perennials) like foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea). Ensure the crown is level with the soil surface and press down firmly before watering in to settle. Flowers’ stems develop in their second year after seed growth, so the age of the plant you purchase will dictate if it will flower this spring.

WEEK-BY-WEEK

Week 1: Clear away the bedding and remove flowering plants that have gone over. Incorporate some organic matter into the soil, too.leg1

Week 2: Plant spring-flowering bulbs (but save tulips for May) in garden beds, through lawns or in pots.

Week 3: Take cuttings of your favourite roses. They should root and be ready to transplant next autumn.
Week 4: Transfer tender perennials, such as fuchsia and lantana, to a shed or garage and out of frost’s way.

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Asparagus, cabbage, garlic bulbs, lettuce, onion, parsnip, peas, silverbeet and spinach can all be planted now. A lot of the vegies available to sow in
March/April will stay to their own areas and not invade the rest of your patch, which means you will have more room to grow more varieties.

VEGETABLES TO HARVET

Asparagus, beans, capsicum, chives, cucumber, eggplant, pumpkin, squash, watermelon and zucchini can all be picked now. Harvest cucumber,
squash and zucchini while they are young – the bigger their fruit becomes, the more watery they will get and lose their flavour

WEEK-BY-WEEK GUIDE

Week 1: Harvest cucurbits, including vine vegies such as cucumber, pumpkin, squash and watermelon.

Week 2: Prevent powdery mildew forming on leafy vegies by only watering at the base of the plant.

Week 3: Dig compost and manure into the vegie patch or place on the surface with worms to distribute nutrients.

Week 4: Before harvesting watermelons, test by giving a knock with your knuckles and listen for a dull thud.

Hollywood Style to Your Home

Hollywood Style to Your Home

 Stylist Ashley Pratt on how to add a Hollywood touch to your home

1. USE COLOUR TO MAKE A CINEMATIC STATEMENT

Wes Anderson’s bold use of pink in The Grand Budapest Hotel was without a doubt a standout feature of the film.

1460074015709_InternfinalTo introduce this look in your home, try painting just a hallway or a powder room so as not to overwhelm.

Keep the shade crisp and clean and accessorise with black and brown furniture to smarten up the look. Anything white or pale in colour will give the space a doll’s house look.

 2. PLAY WITH PATTERNS INSPIRED BY THE FILM

The matching floral bedspread, curtains and desk chair were eye-catching in the film Midnight in Paris.

While this look can fell quite dowdy and old fashioned there are ways to modernise it.

Firstly stick to a monochrome floral with a large scale print. You can then add contrast through more graphic upholstery, solid blacks and a touch of gold for sophistication.

3. USE ARTWORK TO SET THE SCENE

Production Designer Catherine Martin set the tone for The Great Gatsby with use of subtle textures, delicate fabrics and soft colours all of which were reflected in the art throughout the film.

Try this at home by mirroring the colours and textures of a favourite painting through your furniture and soft furnishings.

Artwork can bring a room to life, even more so when it enhances the rest of the features.

h4. EXPERIMENT WITH STYLING DIFFERENT ROOMS

A home office can be one of the most important rooms in a house, especially when it is needed to spark creativity.

Try your hand at styling this space by giving it an industrial feel like that inThe Intern.

Start with a sleek desk, a bold rug and a statement pendant light. Add fresh flowers or plants, designer desk accessories and a sweet smelling candle to give the space a cosy, inspiring feel.

5. DON’T TRY IT ALL

Taking inspiration from the homes of your favourite characters is a fun alternative form of inspiration but its important to be mindful that they are movie sets and recreating them in their entirety might feel too staged and overwhelming.

Instead pick and choose just a few of your favourite elements from a scene to bring the film to life in your own home.