How to Sow Your Garden Hope This Summer

As social plans grow and the weather warms up, it is important to take care of your garden during the winter.

Learn how to get the most out of your garden this summer from Swinburne Horticulture Instructor Kate Ogradi to everything from seasonal vegetables to beautiful flowers.

Enter your summer garden now

Since the weather is not hot this year, it is not too late to plant vegetables (especially tomatoes and basil) in the garden for summer salads and BBQs.

‘We have a general rule in the Department of Horticulture: When the water in your tap is hot, this indicates that it is the right time to plant vegetables in the summer.’

Ms. Ogradi recommends planting seedlings at this time of year as it may be too late to propagate your garden. Some spring and summer vegetables, such as basil, are particularly sensitive to heat.

Basil is very sensitive to heat. If you get your basil in early spring and it dies or turns yellow, it’s not you, it’s the weather! ‘

Keep it moist

It is more important than ever to make sure your garden is watered regularly and well when the weather is warm. Instead of watering the leaves, remember to give them deep water under the soil and do it in the morning if you can.

“Watering later in the day may not evaporate and may cause moisture to build up around the plants overnight. This can be a perfect environment for fungal diseases such as powdery mildew and blackheads.”

Remember to keep your plants moist as the temperature rises

A bouquet of flowers

According to Ms. Ogradi, this is a good time to use mulch and she recommends using sage and pea straw for all areas of your garden.

“Mulch acts as a weed killer, provides organic matter to the soil, regulates soil temperature and helps keep the soil moist, so it is best to fertilize your garden at any time of the year, but it is best to bring it in, especially in the warmer months.”

Pick your days to the garden

Plants can be disturbed on hot days. If you are deciding which days to spend in your garden, it is best to look at the weather forecast and choose a cold day to complete any gardening.

“Any kind of planting should be avoided, especially on hot days, so get up in the morning, water the garden and then spend the days at the beach,” she said.

We try to take care of our garden, but there are plants that can cause problems and even die. Do not despair and see it as an opportunity to grow! ‘

The Department of Horticulture will have plants on Thursday, December 16 and Friday, December 17. The sale will take place at the Wantirna Campus in Kindergarten. There are many plants, including Christmas Pointsetia, as well as Mrs. Ogradi and her team.

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