WHAT TO plant now

Summer is here and with it brings an abundance of berries, leafy greens and tomatoes.



• There’s nothing like making a summer salad with leaves grown in the garden. Plant lettuce, mesclun, parsley, rocket, basil, silverbeet and spinach in stages so you’ve always got some ready to go.

• Now is also a good time to plant chilli, capsicum, courgette, cucumber, eggplant, pumpkin, squash, radish, spring onions and sweetcorn.

• Fruit to plant include blueberry, strawberry, passion fruit, grapes, kiwifruit and tamarillos.

• If you had planted potatoes for Christmas continue mounding soil as shoots grow until they are approximat­ely 30cm tall. This protects them from wind and frost and prevents light reaching tubers and turning them green. • Water is essential during the warmer months, especially for tomatoes. Well nourished tomatoes will have a better chance at keeping insect pests and diseases at bay. • Remember to trim the laterals from growing tomato plants to encourage tastier fruit.

• Stake taller growing berries like blackberri­es and blueberrie­s so the fruit isn’t on the ground.

• Quickly attend to any small infestatio­ns of aphids or whitefly by blasting o with a hose. If infestatio­n is large, spray with a suitable insect spray.

• If you are going to be away, harvest as much as you can. Weed, feed and water well before you go.

• If mildew appears on courgettes and cucumbers, spray with a suitable spray from your garden centre to control it.

• Tend to citrus plants, prune to open the framework of the branches to allow more light into the centre of the plant. • Good companions for strawberri­es are onions, borage and marigolds. These will help bring the bees in, add a pop of colour and will aid with pollinatio­n of your berries.


• Summer gardening comes alive with fruit ripening. Birds enjoy this too, so bird netting may be required to protect ripening tomatoes and strawberri­es.

• Continue staking tomatoes and pinching out new laterals which appear. Removing old bottom leaves will help with air circulatio­n and reduce the risk of fungal diseases.

• Add mulch to the garden to help retain water.

• Plant basil, beetroot, beans, capsicum, chilli, coriander, courgette, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, mesclun, parsley, pumpkin, squash, radish, rocket, silverbeet, spinach, spring onions, sweetcorn and tomatoes.

• Harvest veggies every day to encourage continuous fruiting – especially peas, beans, eggplant, cucumbers and courgettes.

• In season herbs include dill, fennel, parsley and chives. • Onions and garlic are traditiona­lly harvested within a month or so of the longest day. The leaves of both will tell you when they’re ready to be harvested, the tops will wither and die. Dig them up with a fork, knock o the excess soil and leave to dry in the sun for a number of days until the skin resembles paper. Store in a well-ventilated, dry place. g

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