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  • Writer's pictureClair Derwort

Enjoying the Tranquility of Late Autumn Gardening: Essential Tasks for the transition of the seasons.

Updated: Jun 3

As the vibrant hues of autumn foliage paint the landscape with their fleeting beauty, gardeners across cool climate area's of Australia find themselves immersed in a symphony of seasonal transitions. In both urban areas and those in the countryside, the arrival of late autumn heralds a time of reflection, preparation, and renewal in the garden. For those seeking to nurture their green spaces with grace and intention, embracing the rhythm of late autumn gardening offers a sanctuary of solace and serenity amidst the changing


Honouring the Harvest: Tending to Your Edibles

Late autumn presents a bountiful harvest of cool-season crops, from crisp lettuces to hearty root vegetables. Take time to gather the last of your summer's bounty and prepare the garden beds for winter plantings. Remove spent plants, amend the soil with compost, and sow seeds of winter greens such as kale, spinach, and Swiss chard. Embrace the joy of homegrown produce, savouring the flavours of the season's abundance while nourishing body and soul. This is the time when the dehydrator should be a constant hum in the kitchen and the pots and colanders on rotation with produce from collecting to canning.

Nurturing Nature's Balance: Autumn Pruning and Plant Maintenance

As the days grow shorter and temperatures begin to cool, it's the perfect time to tend to your garden's structural elements. Prune deciduous trees and shrubs, removing dead or diseased branches to promote healthy growth come spring. Trim back perennial herbs and flowers, tidying up their foliage in preparation for the dormant months ahead. Embrace the art of mindful pruning, allowing each cut to honour the natural form and rhythm of the plant.

Structurally we leave some intentional branches behind for a late winter prune. This gives both an abundance of materials for th wildlife to gather and make nests and hide in, but also gives interest in the otherwise bare grade during the frosty cold depths of our winters. Consider this when pruning. It can take a few years to feel confident doing this too so feel free to be more experimental as your skill set ad comfort I your own garden grows.

Cultivating Connection: Creating Wildlife Habitat

In the quiet stillness of late autumn, the garden becomes a sanctuary for wildlife seeking refuge from the chill of approaching winter. Create welcoming habitats for birds, bees, and beneficial insects by installing bird feeders, bee hotels, and native plantings. Provide shelter with brush piles and rockeries, inviting creatures great and small to find solace within the embrace of your garden. Embrace the interconnectedness of all living things, nurturing a harmonious ecosystem within your garden's bounds. This is also why when pruning we often leave select piece in-situ as well.

Honouring the Earth: Embracing Sustainable Practices

As stewards of the land, it's our responsibility to tread lightly upon the earth, nurturing and protecting the delicate balance of ecosystems within our care. Embrace sustainable gardening practices such as mulching, composting, and water conservation. Minimising your environmental footprint while maximising the health and vitality of your garden. Reuse and repurpose materials whenever possible, breathing new life into old treasures and honouring the inherent beauty of impermanence.

Embracing the Season's Splendour: Creating Cozy Outdoor Spaces

As the crisp bite of autumn air beckons us outdoors, transform your garden into a sanctuary of warmth and comfort. Cozy up outdoor seating areas with cushions, throws, and lanterns. We love inviting friends and family to gather and savour the simple pleasures of the season. Embrace the beauty of autumn foliage, incorporating seasonal elements such as pumpkins, gourds, and dried grasses into your décor. Often this is the time of year I bring in foliage not just flowers. A simple bundle of interesting branches, or pinecones in a vintage vase can instantly make a space feel more homely.

Looking Ahead: Planning for the Seasons to Come

As the final leaves drift lazily to the ground, take a moment to envision the garden of your dreams in the seasons to come. This is the perfect time to sketch out plans for spring plantings, incorporating elements of colour, texture, and fragrance. Research new varieties and cultivars, expanding your gardening repertoire and embracing the opportunity to experiment. Our gardens are constantly changing as we are, and it's good to take stock seasonally of what has worked, what didn't and what you'd like to try in the future. The anticipation of an exciting season ahead can help with seasonal lows when we miss the colours of spring and summer. It also heralds the opportunity for personal growth as our skills advance and our confidence to challenge ourselves awakens. It is now in the garden that I have all the biggest and wildest idea's of what could come next.

It is in the garden, amidst the gentle whispers of autumn's embrace, we find solace, inspiration, and the quiet wisdom of nature. As you embark on your gardening journey this autumn, may you find joy in the simple act of tending to the earth, nurturing beauty, and cultivating connections.

Happy gardening,


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Mar 31

Beautifully written & some much needed inspo 🤍

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