The challenges of Summer Gardening
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If you want a continual supply of greens and root crops, now is the time to get them in. Check out our what to grow now chart on our Gardening Tips page. Remember that you are allowing 4 to 5 months for most root crops to mature, so what you are planting now, wont be ready until late June mid July (perfect soup food). Yum! If you want veg to eat sooner plant the likes of bok choi, spinach, peas, silverbeet, lettuce and rocket. Be sure to plant small amounts often (every 4 weeks or so) This is when a garden diary comes in handy, if you are organised enough to keep up date. Unfortunately I'm not that good at it all the time.This constant heat is a killer for our gardens so with this weather, its a matter of deciding what needs the most protection. Coriander and spinach will grow well in a shady spot if you keep them well watered. And at the end of the day, it will only a matter of weeks before we are all complaining about the cold. My best recommendation is to be selective about what you plant in certain areas and then mulch, mulch, mulch. I am just about to start laying pea straw in good thick layers throughout our garden. Its important to water the area well (before laying the straw) and this ensures the moisture is trapped where it's needed. Next week I will be back with some more handy hints on keeping your garden productive healthy.