NEW FRUIT TREES
Summer holidays may motivate some out-of-season planting. It’s possible to plant fruit trees with success in summer; it just requires more care. New trees should have their roots well soaked prior to planting; pop the pot in a bucket of water for an hour. Dig a generous hole and mix in Saturaid crystals. Use a strong stake with soft fabric ties to provide support. Apply a generous layer of moisture-retaining mulch around the base of the tree, clear of the trunk. Water well once planted, and water deeply every two or three days over summer.
Start mulching before the soil gets too dry. Veges need a constant supply of water throughout summer. Plants that are stressed by a lack of water are not only less productive, they’re more likely to be mauled by sucking bugs like aphids and green shield beetles. Mulching the soil slows down water loss through evaporation,
suppresses weeds (and thus stops them taking the precious resources your plants need) and, because it breaks down over time, mulch adds organic matter to the soil. You can mulch with whatever you can get your hands on: last autumn’s fallen leaves, lawn clippings (but not too much at once), shredded cardboard, sheep dags, bark or compost.
This is it! Sow and transplant with all your might! It’s warm but not too hot and if there’s plenty of moisture in the soil, seeds will sprout and grow quickly. Sow silverbeet, spinach, parsley and lettuce. Transplant on damp, overcast days and watch...