IT’S A PERFECT TIME TO POP A BUNCH OF HERBS INTO THE PATCH.
Try some sweet basil, parsley, sage, pyrethrum, lemongrass, oregano, rue, marjoram, dill, chamomile, rosemary and thyme. Add a touch of colour with some purple basil. Control lemon balm and mint by planting into a couple of pots near or in the garden. These guys are gorgeous & prolific but can be invasive if they really like their spot. Mulch your herbs well.
IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY DONE SO, BE SURE TO TOP UP THE MULCH ON ALL GARDENS.
A good layer of mulch will mean less watering and weeding. Sprinkling Organic Xtra under your mulch means you are guaranteed a shot of nutrients every time you water or it rains. Organic, biodegradable mulch will enrich your soil as it breaks down & also attract beetles, centipedes & other pest-eating creatures that enjoy the dark, moist conditions.
PLANT A GREEN MANURE CROP TO ADD SOME LIFE AND LOVE TO AN OVERWORKED VEGGIE PATCH.
Try millet, alfalfa or pigeon pea. Green manure will improve your soil structure and nutrient levels. Green manure can also be planted between food crops to confuse some pests.
SLIP, SLOP, SLAP FOR YOUR PLANTS.
Construct a couple of shade cloth tents. Just a simple movable structure (bamboo lashed together with string) that you can place over the top of some of the more sensitive veggies (like eggplant, capsicum, tomato and others) will do the trick as the summer heat becomes more intense.
Alyssum, Amaranthus, Cosmos, Marigold, Petunia, Phlox, Portulaca, Salvia.
SUBTROPICAL & COOL TEMPERATE
Alyssum, Amaranthus, Begonia, Cosmos, Marigold, Petunia, Salvia, Sunflower, Verbena, Zinnia.
Mustard Greens, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potato.
Amaranth, Artichokes, Asparagus, Beans, Beetroot, Cabbage, Capsicum, Carrot, Celery, Chilli, Chives, Choko, Cucumber, Eggplant, Lettuce, Spinach, Pumpkin, Rockmelon, Silverbeet, Corn, Sweet Potato, Tomato, Watermelon, Zucchini.
Amaranth, Artichoke, Asparagus, Beans, Beetroot, Broccoli, Cabbage, Capsicum, Carrot, Celery, Chilli, Chinese Cabbage, Chives, Cucumber, Eggplant, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mint, Pumpkin, Rocket, Rockmelon, Tomato, Watermelon, Zucchini.
Basil, Borage, French Tarragon, Ginger, Lemon Balm, Mint, Oregano, Sage, Marjoram, Thyme.
Basil, Coriander, Tarragon, Horseradish, Lemon Balm, Oregano, Parsley – both curly & flat leafed, Sage, Thyme.