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Summer Gardening Jobs

Summer can be a difficult time for gardeners in WA with the long periods of hot days combined with the twice-a-week water restrictions.  However, with careful plant choice, some preparation through the early weeks leading into it and clever use of some of the products available, summer can still be a productive and pleasant time of the gardening year.

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JOBS IN THE GARDEN
In the garden, summer is all about enjoying the early mornings and late afternoons where the day is cooler and it is comfortable to be outdoors.  So instead of heading out for a full day of hard work on a weekend, divide the jobs into bite size chunks that can be done in comfort.  After all, as exercise goes, gardening is just as good and probably more enjoyable than a walk around the neighbourhood.  Here are some jobs to get you started:

PLANTING IN SUMMER
Summer is not always the ideal time for planting but if it must be done take time to prepare the hole and the plant really well. Before starting, soak some water storage crystals in a seaweed solution and then when absorbed, mix these through the soil along with lots of organic matter such as compost and well-rotted manure.

Make sure that the root ball of the plant to be transplanted is really wet even if this means soaking it in water for 20 minutes and, if a particularly tender plant, spray the leaves with a polymer leaf coating which will reduce moisture loss through transpiration.

Once the plant is in the ground, make sure that a 10cm layer of mulch is put over the soil but not up against the stem and apply a soil wetting agent.  Water the plant very well and make sure the reticulation reaches it properly.  Continue to hand water every day until it has settled in.

Newly planted seeds and seedlings must not be allowed to dry out, even for a few hours.

Before planting seedlings, sit them in a shallow tray with a seaweed solution for a few hours as this will make the transplanting much more successful.   Sown seeds will also benefit from an application of seaweed solution and then again every week after.

PROBLEMS IN THE GARDEN
Here are some of the problems to look out for in summer:

 

SUMMER PLANTING GUIDE FOR TEMPERATE AREAS (South of Geraldton)
Vegetables:
Beans, beetroot, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbages, capsicum, carrots, cauliflowers, celery, chilli, cucumbers, eggplant, endive, herbs, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, melons, spring onions, parsnips, radishes, rhubarb crowns, Silverbeet, sweet corn, tomatoes, zucchinis.
Flowers:
Ageratum, alyssum, boronia, calendula, cyclamen, forget-me-not, linaria, nasturtium, pansy, stock, verbena, vinca, viola, wallflower.

SUMMER PLANTING GUIDE FOR SUBTROPICAL AREAS (Between Geraldton and Carnarvon)
Vegetables:
Beans, broccoli, cabbages, capsicum, cauliflowers, celery, chilli, cucumbers, eggplants, herbs,  kohlrabi, leeks, lettuces, melons, spring onions, potatoes, radishes, rhubarb, Silverbeet, squash, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, zucchinis.
Flowers:
Ageratum, aster, balsam, celosia, cockscomb, coleus, cyclamen, impatiens, marigold, Mexican sunflower, salvia, sunflower, torenia, vinca, zinnia.

SUMMER PLANTING GUIDE FOR TROPICAL AREAS(North of Carnarvon)
Vegetables:
Capsicums, chilli, cauliflowers, celery, cucumbers, eggplants, herbs, lettuces, melons, spring onions, radishes, rosella, Silverbeet, squash, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini.
Flowers:
Ageratum, aster, balsam, celosia, cockscomb, coleus, cyclamen, impatiens, marigold, Mexican sunflower, salvia, sunflower, torenia, vinca, zinnia.

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