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Gardening Australia - - YOUR PLANNER -

Scat­ter seeds of cos­mos, zin­nia (left), marigold, cleome and other hot-weather lovers that are easy to ger­mi­nate in bare patches in gar­den beds

Cut back spring-flow­er­ing peren­ni­als that have fin­ished bloom­ing

Feed dahlias every fort­night with a flower-pro­mot­ing liq­uid fer­tiliser

Move the worm farm into a shady spot so worms don’t ‘cook’ on hot days

Keep the mois­ture up to hy­drangeas now that they are com­ing into bloom

Feed your in­door moth or­chids (Pha­laenop­sis spp.) with orchid food, and wipe dust off the leaves with a damp cloth

Set up snail traps near strappy-leafed clump­ing plants such as aga­pan­thus

Give hedges a light trim to tidy up any ragged growth that emerged in spring

White­wash the glasshouse or cover it with shade­cloth for the hot months

Plant heat-lov­ing laven­der (right) and rose­mary into ter­ra­cotta pots, which guar­an­tees them good drainage

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