Tomatoes like plenty of sunshine.
Tomatoes like plenty of sunshine, regular watering, rich soil, and a fertiliser containing potash. Don’t grow them in the same soil that has grown them for the past two seasons.
Also do not over-water carrots as this tends to produce short roots with luscious green tops. If they need water give them a good soaking so that the soil is wet down below the depth of their roots. This encourages them to grow deep and downwards thus producing long carrots.
Give the lawn a feed of a slow-release fertiliser to keep it in good health and improve its drought resistance.
Now is the perfect time for mulching the garden.
Just about every thing in the garden can be fertilised now with Dynamic Lifter pellets. As the pellets break down they gradually release nutrients and improve the biological activity in the soil.
Some tough plants to help stabilise a clay bank include the low-growing Ericas and Correas. Then there’s Rosmarinus prostrate, a trailing variety of rosemary with pretty small, mauve flowers and green foliage in spring. An ideal companion to the rosemary is the South African native that likes hot conditions in Felicia angustifolia.
Grevillia x gaudichaudii is a vigorous growing plant with attractive, oak-shaped leaves and deep red flowers in winter and spring.
Hibbertia scandens is another fast grower with bright yellow flowers in spring. Then there’s Melaleuca thymifolia, a small shrub with mauve or white flowers. A scattering of sweet alyssum seeds will reward you with pretty flowers year after year.
Plants with silver leaves and yellow or orange flowers look great in pots for sunny spots. Purple and yellow combinations of flowers also create a bold splash of colour.
Potted nasturtiums with their care-free rambling habit are another popular favourite that puts on a good show for summer. For something a little different gourds planted in pots make an intriguing curiosity for outside entertaining areas.
Plant Fig trees in the warmest, wind protected, part of the garden as they’ll really appreciate this situation.
Two major aspects of their culture are feeding and watering, without which they will not produce good fruit. Figs need an annual dressing of a complete fertiliser in spring.
Water is important in hot weather especially when the fruit is developing.