GAR­DEN PLAN­NER

What to do in the flower beds and vegie patches this month.

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IN THE GAR­DEN WEEK 1

When it’s so hot and hu­mid, many plants fall vic­tim to fun­gal prob­lems. Try Eco-fungi­cide, a reg­is­tered or­ganic fungi­cide to con­trol pow­dery mildew, black spot and rust on many plants.

WEEK 2

Snip back flow­er­ing plants as they fin­ish bloom­ing, like gar­de­nias and roses, and they should re-bud for another au­tumn flush.

WEEK 3

Sum­mer is a great time to take cut­tings of plants, such as rose­mary, laven­der, aza­leas, rhodo­den­drons, camel­lias and pho­tinia. Use sturdy sec­tions of new growth – you might need to trim the tips. With a sharp knife or se­ca­teurs, scrape a few cen­time­tres off the out­side layer of the base of the cut­ting to ex­pose the green un­der­neath. Dip in growth hor­mone, then place in pot­ting mix. Keep well wa­tered un­til it grows roots.

WEEK 4

Mow­ing can seem never-end­ing in sum­mer. If you’re going away or just want to keep your grass thicker and slower, try a growth re­tar­dant. It will also help to sup­press weeds.

IN THE VEGIE PATCH WEEK 1

Asian greens are fast grow­ing, stand the heat bet­ter than Western let­tuce and taste de­li­cious in a quick stir-fry straight from the gar­den. Think bok choy, mizuna, sen­po­sai

(a new Ja­panese hy­brid of cab­bage and mus­tard spinach), wom­bok or Chi­nese let­tuce.

WEEK 2

Sum­mer stone fruit comes into its prime after Christ­mas. If you’re grow­ing peaches, plums, nec­tarines or apri­cots, re­mem­ber to pro­tect them from fruit flies. Use baits, ex­clu­sion bags or eco sprays.

WEEK 3

Stake any top-heavy crops, such as cap­sicum and eggplant, if they are heavy with fruit. Keep cu­cum­bers and zuc­chini free of pow­dery mildew with a fungi­cide and pick the fruit reg­u­larly to en­cour­age more to grow.

WEEK 4

Dig up young pota­toes for salad or con­tinue mound­ing them with earth to get larger and more plen­ti­ful tu­bers for au­tumn’s har­vest. Yes, you read that cor­rectly, pota­toes need to be buried as they grow!

Wa­ter­melon Beet­root Squash Zuc­chini Let­tuce

Ex­tra light Long sum­mer days mean more time to spend in the gar­den.

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