From petunias to poppies, each year, members of the City of Adelaide's Public Realm crew plant around 75,000 potted colour seedlings across the city - caring for them from the time they arrive at the Council nursery to when they go in the ground all around town.

Once planted, many of the seedlings, among them petunias, dianthus, polyanthus, pansies, vincas, snapdragons, impatiens, poppies and begonias - are at their prettiest in spring.

“We choose pest and disease resistant varieties that suit Adelaide’s climate,” said Matt Jorgensen, City of Adelaide’s Team Leader Horticulture.

“Poppies are planted for Remembrance Day and we use vinca around Rymill Lake because it’s the only thing the ducks won’t eat over summer.”

Here are Matt’s spring gardening tips

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Matt Jorgensen in the City of Adelaide’s nursery.

  1. Check your irrigation system’s working properly to avoid water waste and the shock of a big bill;
  2. Apply organic fertiliser (store bought or a wonderful worm juice) to support new spring growth;
  3. Weed and mulch garden beds.

    Big tip:
    the City of Adelaide's Green Waste Recycling & Mulch Centre in North Adelaide sells mulch and compost to the general public. Click here for all the details and opening times and costs.

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