Plant flower seedlings of primula, viola, pansy, lobelia, alyssum, calendula, snapdragon, Sweet William, carnation, dianthus and sweet peas.
Sow or plant lettuce, beans, peas, potatoes, silverbeet, radishes, cabbages, broccoli and carrots.
Members of the onion family that can go in include welsh, tree, white, red, spring, shallots, leek and garlic.
Late winter is the time to plant and feed citrus.
Made your bed
Start preparing the vegetable garden for spring planting. Dig in plenty of organic compost, or if you use artificial fertilisers, apply superphosphate at the rate of 30 to 60gms per square metre of bed.
Lime is best applied separately either three weeks before or after manures or fertilisers.
Abelia 'Sunshine Daydream' is a small evergreen ornamental shrub with variegated leaves and fragrant, white to pink, funnel-shaped flowers. A low maintenance plant, it is suitable for hedging, containers, mass plantings or borders and is dry- and frost-tolerant once established.
Another plant with striking foliage is the clump-forming, herbaceous perennial Heuchera 'Palace Purple' with its star-shaped purple/bronze leaves with amethyst/purple undersides.
The flowers, a subtle soft pink, make a good choice as an edging plant.
Pansies have been popular for generations and you only have to see the vast number of varieties to see why.
Their cheery face-like blooms always provide an eye-catching display to brighten up our days, and they partner so well with other cool-season plants such as nemesia, snapdragon and calendulas.
Pinch out the first flush of flowers to promote a tidy, compact shape.
Remove spent flowers.
Feeding the future
Citrus leaves are usually a good indicator of nutritional deficiencies.
If the lower leaves start to turn yellow it may be due to a nitrogen deficiency; blotchy yellowing of young leaves may be a lack of trace elements; yellowing of new leaves between the veins is usually a sign of an iron deficiency and premature fruit drop is often attributed to a need for boron.
A regular feeding program using citrus-specific fertiliser should prevent these problems.
Blackberries, especially thornless varieties, are among the most popular edible soft berry bushes grown.
But in times past the thorny brambles served a valuable economic purpose for poor country people who gathered sheep's wool caught on them to make wool mops to sell and buy food.
The long, prickly stems were utilised to bind the thatch on the rooves of cottages.