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Leaves are one of the best
browns you can have but the
challenge is we only get them
naturally in autumn. If you can
keep some leaves in bins or
buckets to use each time you put
fresh kitchen scraps in between,
you'll have great results.
THE elegant and
delicately scented rose is a
favourite among gardeners
b u t the aphids that can often find
a home on these flowers can be a
nightmare even for an experienced
Aphids are small sap-sucking insect
that enjoys the warmer weather.
Gardening commentator Sophie
Thomson, who recently visited Two
Wells, said aphids on roses mean the
plant is unhappy.
Ms Thomson said roses need water,
sun and a good feed to stay happy.
But giving them a sprinkle of water
daily is not the key.
"Prior to water restrictions people were
watering. . .daily and, really, what roses
want is a really good, deep soak (every)
seven, 10, 14 days," she said.
"If we drive up to the Barossa, we will
find drier roses on the side of the road.
"There are no aphids on the roses that
are not watered, they're hard, they're
strong, that cell wall is thick."
Ensuring the roses live in the full sun is
also vital to creating a thick, strong cell
"Often someone will say to me, 'my
roses are in full sun' and I go to their
property but it's full sun between 10 in
the morning, when the sun passes the
neighbour's roof, and 12 o'clock when
it goes over their roof, " she said.
"So that's actually two hours sun a
Ms Thomson said less than six to eight
hours of sun a day can elongate the
plant's growth, thinning the cell wall.
"It's easier to bite through," she said.
"When the roses are in full sun and
baking like they are at my place, the
cell walls are very sturdy and aphids
find it hard to bite through."
Try to plant the roses away from trees,
whether they be in your garden or your
neighbours', Ms Thomson advised,
because their roots stretch far and they
will compete for food, water and space
with your roses.
And, finally, do not forget to feed and
mulch the roses.
Ms Thomson advises to put away the
spray and allow nature take control.
Coming up roses in your garden
IF leaves are raining on
your parade, or rather your
garden, renowned green
thumb Sophie Thomson has a
tip for you.
Autumn means it's time for
trees to drop their leaves but
the colourful addition is not
welcomed by all gardeners,
with some desperate to rake
up the evidence.
During a recent visit to Two
Wells, the ABC Gardening
Australia host shared
gardening advice with local
residents, revealing the best
thing to do with fallen foliage
is "leave" it.
"It's a nutrients cycle," she
"The goodness goes back
into the ground. "
Ms Thomson said the leaves
can also be used to make a
compost for the garden.
Compost is all about having
a good brew or a cake with
many different ingredients, Ms
She said a good compost
will include two types of
ingredients, the fresh greens
and the dry browns.
"Leaves are one of the best
browns you can have but the
challenge is we only get them
naturally in autumn," she said.
"If you can keep some leaves
in bins or buckets to use each
time you put fresh kitchen
scraps in between, you'll have
great results. "
The unwanted foliage can
become a great resource in
the garden and is the key
ingredient to leaf mould.
"What there is. . .is a lot of
cellulose and that cellulose, if
you put that into your soil or
into potting mix, it's basically
like water storage crystals but
organic and much better," Ms
Making leaf mould is a simple
procedure, which calls for
a metre by metre container,
organic fertiliser and, of
Pile down six inches of leaves
inside the container, add a
sprinkle of organic fertiliser
and let it break down.
"If you want to you can chop
the leaves up," Ms Thomson
"If you can make leaf mould
and add it back to your
soils, sprinkle it on your
veggie garden, put it in your
potting mix. . .you'll have great
Autumn is the best time to
start planting, so why not give
this a try over the weekend.
A leaf out of
Sophie Thomson speaks about gardening techniques during her recent visit to
PHOTO: Natalie Vikhrov
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