Jobs for January
Water, water, more water. And mulch, mulch and more mulch, especially coarse mulches like pea straw that will protect soil from summer heat. Deadhead all flowers to encourage more blooms. Soak pot plants in a bucket or the bath overnight to stop soil turning to concrete in the heat and repelling water. Add ice cubes to the dog’s drinking bowl and make sure it’s in the shade. Find where the cat is sitting – it will be the coolest spot in the garden – and put your chair there. Add sun hat, cool drinks and a copy of The Australian Women’s Weekly, then put your feet up.