We are in another 6 weeks of lockdown here in Melbourne – supposedly due to lift on 13th September. At least the winter bulbs have started flowering, so there is some positivity in the air.
The weather is just starting to turn cold here in Melbourne, and I’m taking advantage of the COVID-19 shut down to get all of my garden work under control before Winter. Now is the time to start pruning those fruit trees and planting the next round of crops. It’s also your last chance to plant flowering bulbs for the Spring. I managed to paint some of my deck furniture before the storm (with hail) descended upon us.
Tools! No I’m not making a statement about government official again. I’m talking about garden tools – those used for digging. During the winter months I make time to clean out my garden shed, and go through and repair and clean my garden tools.So what kind of digging tools do I have hidden in the shed, and what do they do?
A garden fork(also known as a spading forkor graip) is a long-handled tool with four (sometimes three or five) flat, thick metal prongs. Forks are used to loosen soil, break up clods and clay, and dig up stones and rocks.
This is a smaller version of a garden fork. It is also known as a boarder fork or a ladies fork. These forks generally have three prongs set close together. Hand forks are used for wedding around plants, and to assist with lifting out root vegetables.
A rake is best described as a broom used for the outdoors. It is a long-handled tool with a (usually metal, sometimes plastic) toothed bar fixed to the handle. It us used like a broom, to scrape together leaves, grass and garden debris.
A shovel is a long-handled tool with a blade fixed to the end. The blade is usually made of metal and appears to have a seam in the centre. This creates a bucket-like shape. Shovels are used for digging, lifting and moving material around your garden.
A spade is like a shovel in that it is used for digging. It is also a long-handled tool but the blade at the end is narrower and less curved than a shovel (they’re often quite flat). The flat blade makes a spade a good choice for digging, chopping up roots and breaking up soil.
A garden trowel is like a hand-held shovel. It has a pointed, scoop-shaped blade and is used for breaking up soil, digging small holes (for planting), weeding, and scooping fertilisers into the soil. This is a ‘must have’ garden tool. You can get ones with metal or plastic scoops.
When my friend, Terri, suggested that we do the tour of the Government House gardens, I was more than happy to participate. And what a great morning it was. We walked around the lawns, gardens and kitchen garden of the property, and were provided with a wonderful commentary from head gardener, Michael. It’s well worth the time, and entry is free. For more information go to: Government House Garden Tours
Here are some photos from the day:
This weekend I’m planting out my winter vegetable crops. I ordered the special Digger’s Club members’ pack and am very happy with the selection.
This year I’m planting:
I’m really looking forward to watching this lot grow over the next few months.
I’m also doing some garden maintenance stuff too. I have to assemble and set up a new garden arch, and I’m hoping that I get to do some more paving down the side of the house. A busy but rewarding weekend of work.