The hot summer months can really affect your garden. Watering is a must do; mulching is also a great way to save on your water bills. In keeping your plants in good health add lots of organic matter to your soil.
1. Continue Edible Planting
Many vegetables and herbs can still be planted directly into your garden this month including beans, beetroot, carrots, chives, cucumber, lettuce, radish, oregano, parsley, endive, fennel and silver beet. Ensure you have added extra organic matter such as organic compost and seaweed solutions to the soil as the hot sun will quickly deplete its fertility.
2. Deadhead Flowers
By removing dead blooms from your hydrangeas, roses, vireya rhododendron and other flowering summer plants, you will encourage the plant to flower for longer.
3. Stake Large Perennials
There’s nothing worse than your beautiful dahlia, delphinium, foxgloves or lilies wilting just as they come into bloom. Stake these and other tall perennials now.
4. Watering Container Plants
A lot of plants in pots and containers can dry out quickly due to the smaller volume of soil to retain moisture. The heat of summer puts them under even more stress. The best way to check the moisture of your plants is to stick your finger a couple of centimetres into the mix. Add some water-retaining crystals to potting mix if your pots are in a sunny, hot spot. This is especially important for hanging baskets and water hungry plants such as flowering annuals and vegetables. On very hot days water pots and hanging baskets every day. Mulch the top of the potting mix with preferably compost or bark or pebbles to stop the potting mix drying out.
5. Potted Plants for Valentine’s Day
Instead of buying your special someone a bunch of flowers this year on Valentine’s Day, consider giving them a living gift such as a beautiful potted rose or something funky such as a Zanzibar Gem. The Zanzibar will be a welcome indoor gift that the recipient can enjoy on a daily basis. Lovely scented gardenias are a great idea too. Who doesn’t love a gardenia! Our friendly nursery staff will be more than happy to gift wrap your presents and we also do delivery.
If you’ve noticed fruit falling off your trees before it’s ripe, it may be due to lack of water. Fruit trees need lots of water during summer so get that garden hose out in the early morning and give them a good drink every three to four days.
7. Citrus Trees
Citrus trees are carrying their winter crops now so it’s extremely important to keep them watered and fed. An organic fertilizer is great for feeding citrus and other fruiting plants and an organic compost application will help improve soil structure too. Healthy plants are less susceptible to pests and disease so helping your hungry citrus will ensure a rewarding crop.
February is a month where plants can really start to suffer from disease. Even if plants have been well watered and the water is getting into the soil, bugs are very active during summer and February can easily become a month where they take over. Check over your plants and make sure if you find leaves or flowers with disease on them, clip them off and throw them out. Do not add to compost as this can affect the soil in your bin. If you are unsure what is upsetting your plants, bring a cutting into the nursery and our friendly staff will provide you with the advice you need.
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