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Don’t let the winter chill keep you out of your garden haven. Here’s five important garden jobs to do in August and September.

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As the soil warms up around the start of September, you can start planting carrot seedlings to harvest in late spring.

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- Bindis usually crop up around August ready to attack a few months later, so get on top of these pesky weeds before a bare foot does. Mix two tablespoons of iron sulphate with 4.5 litres of water and spray the bindi-eye as it comes up.

- Ready your garden beds for spring planting with fertiliser and compost. Top up your autumn mulching with an environmentally friendly mulch like sugar cane, newspaper or straw.

- If your citrus has come under fire from the gall wasp, be sure to give it a hard prune before the end of August, removing all the 'galls' (lumps) from the branches to avoid a second attack come summer.

- Plan your spring/summer planting by checking which plants are best suited to your area. Careful choices mean a more productive, water-efficient garden, and if you go native, a habitat for local wildlife.

- As the soil starts to heat up and if you're not expecting frosts, in September you can start planting easy-to-grow carrots again!