Here is the latest Summer Gardening Blog addition from "The Veggie Lady" Toni Salter.
Summer is a really busy time of the year in the productive garden for temperate regions. Not only are you harvesting your first fruits of the season, but you’re also looking ahead to sowing some cool season crops (yes already!). This is the time of year that pests and disease are at their worst, so keeping on top of this as well as maintaining consistent watering during hot weather can all get a bit heavy going. This is the time to be most alert but in reality, the opposite generally happens for most of us especially when we decide to take some holidays. Here’s a few tips to keep it all together.
What to sow
Start sowing your winter crops this month in temperate and cold regions. This includes all of your cabbage family plants like cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and Chinese vegetables. By the time they’re a reasonable size for planting out, the weather should be starting to cool down. Carrots, beetroot, parsley, celery, leek and silverbeet are all winter crops so they can be sown now too. Special care of seedlings needs to happen over the next few months to make sure they survive the heat. Be vigilant with daily watering in really hot weather. I plant my seedlings out with cardboard milk cartons around them. This gives them a bit more protection from critters and gives a bit of extra shade.
|Nothing like home grown tomatoes,|
Tigerella and Siberia pictured.
Tomatoes start to come on from now also. They'll stay green until the weather is consistently warm to ripen the fruit. If you got in some early plants then you'll have some lush red tomatoes for Christmas lunch. Mulch around the tomatoes and corn to give them consistent water and nutrients. Keep picking things like cucumber, zucchini and leafy vegetables to encourage more cropping. You can almost watch zucchinis growing before your eyes!!
Succession planting & maintaining your patch
|Squash and Zucchini|
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