The veggie patch is in full production with an abundant harvest of fresh and healthy food for our summer feasting. Now is the time to plant french and climbing beans, beetroot, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrot, chinese veggies, capsicum, chilli, cauliflower, celery, cress, cucumber, eggplant (advanced seedling best), kale, leek, lettuce, spring onion, parsley, parsnip, pumpkin, radish, swede, silverbeet, turnip & sweet corn.
If your earlier plantings of dearly loved tomatoes are starting to show the fruits of your labour, now is the time to get cracking with a fertiliser enriched with potassium sulphate to ensure plentiful crops.
Both sweetcorn and tomatoes are likely to be looking top heavy, so (if you haven't already) make sure you have adequate support for your plants and consider the benefit of an application of pea straw or sugar cane mulch to maintain ideal growth conditions.
Plant pots, containers and hanging baskets should be planted now. There are great plants available such as geraniums, cape daisies, impatiens, petunias, and calibrochoa that will reward with bright, colourful summer displays. Always use a premium quality potting mix.
Water pots and hanging baskets regularly. Feed weekly with a liquid food such as Powerfeed or Maxicrop, or a soluble plant food such as Bloom Booster or Flourish.
Plant annual summer flowers such as alyssum, celosia, cosmos, gerbera, impatiens, lobelia, nasturtium, marigold, petunias, phlox, portulaca and zinnias.
Roses are looking fantastic. Fertilise with a formulated rose food and watch out for aphids and thrips.
New season’s Hydrangeas are beginning to flower and are excellent spring/summer colour for pots and those shady parts of the garden or entertainment areas where we spend our summer days.
- Raise lawn mower blades and control Bindii weed in the lawn with Bindii & Clover killer
- Prune Citrus trees to remove any dieback and spray with Pest Oil
- Holes in your pear or cherry leaves? Treat pear and cherry slug with Yates success naturalyte insecticide.
- Prune roses to encourage a second flush control disease with Yates rose shield
- Trim natives as they finish flowering
- Control cabbage white butterfly with derris dust or Yates succes
- Mulch garden beds with Sugar cane or mushroom compost