By Harmony Garden Centre
We all need lots of water over the summer and our plants are no different. Regular deep soaking of garden beds every few days is much better than light and shallow daily watering. Outdoor potted plants, hanging baskets and the veggie garden will need a watering each day during the cooler morning or evening. Check that watering systems are operating correctly and using a water retention granule or gel will help to minimise water use and keep your plants happy
Applying Saturaid to your soil or lawn can reduce water use by up to 50%. This can be a great way to save on the water bill, or make efficient use of the natural resource of summer rains.
The Edible Garden
Now is the time to plant french and climbing beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, chinese cabbage, capsicum, cauliflower, celery, cress, cucumber, eggplant (advanced), 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.
Pear and cherry slug is now attacking cherry, cotoneaster, plum, apricot, pear, hawthorn and mountain ash. Control is effective with a low toxic solution "Yates Success". Pear slugs feed on leaves and become full-grown in approximately three weeks. Pear slug larvae feed on the upper leaf surface, they avoid the larger leaf veins and rarely penetrate the lower leaf surface. The result is leaves that have a "skeletonized" characteristic appearance. Chewed areas of the leaf turn brown and when heavily damaged, the entire leaf falls prematurely. Be aware that "Yates Success" will control the slugs, however they often return in Autumn so be ready! Pear slugs can also be controlled by throwing lime or saw dust over the effective trees, this soaks up their mucus and works by drying the slugs out.
Did you know?
Pear slugs are not true slugs. They are a type of insect known as sawfliy larvae which may reach 2-3cm and tend to lighten in color as they grow older,. The lavae then develop into small, dark, nonstinging wasps (sawflies) that are rarely noticed