What to do in this region this month:
Plant & Sow
- Sow all summer flowering annuals: Petunias, dianthus, cupheas, salvias and penstemons.
- Iceberg roses – a constant bloomer and vigorous grower. Icebergs are ideal for mass plantings or containers. Gardenias – known as one of the most fragrant shade-loving plants. They have attractive evergreen glossy foliage that grows into a neat round bush. These beautiful plants love growing in well-drained, acid soil.
- Sow vegetables like: cucumber, asparagus, brinjal, beans, pumpkins, Swiss chard, marrows, beet, corn, lettuce, broccoli, cabbages, turnips, peppers, carrots, celery, gems, leeks, potatoes, radish and tomatoes
- Continue with small plantings of beans and a last batch of tomatoes. Make further plantings of baby marrows, patty pans, corn, baby gem squashes, beetroot and carrots. Also plant chillies, more parsley and rocket to add spice to salads.
General Garden Maintenance
- Fertilize fruit trees, like apples, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums and quinces.
- Fertilize Summer-flowering bulbs and keep them moist.
- Fertilise annuals and bedding plants with a liquid fertilizer every 14 days.
General garden maintenance
- Mow the lawn if necessary.
- Deadhead roses regularly and water two or three times weekly.
- Mulch the garden beds.
- Remember to dead head annuals and bedding plants regularly and feed every 2 weeks or so with a diluted liquid fertilizer.
- Continue to remove weeds from lawns and paving’s.
- Deadhead summer-flowering annuals and continue feeding with fertilizer high in potassium to prolong flowering period.
- Lift and divide spring-flowering irises.
- Keep all perennials well watered and feed with all Purpose Fertilizer.
- Water plants originally from summer rainfall regions well. Remember to water the garden early in the morning and preferably on wind free days.
- Feed flowering shrubs once a month.
- Feed your hydrangeas.
- Keep an eye out for red spider mite as they love the hot, dry conditions.
- Sow vegetables like broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbages, cauliflowers, dwarf beans, lettuces, runner beans, and vegetable marrows.