Around the Garden

The most efficient time to water lawns is in the early morning.
The most efficient time to water lawns is in the early morning.

The best time to water lawns is in the early morning, before sunrise if possible.

This is especially true during periods of hot, humid weather, because if turf is watered during the late afternoon or early evening it is unable to dry off before nightfall thus increasing the possibility of outbreaks of fungal diseases.

Deep watering is preferable to shallow watering. 

Excessive shallow waterings bring about undesirable shallow rooting of turf grasses.  

Turf grasses with deep root systems require less water than those with shallow root systems.  

Symptoms of water stress in grass include the grey to blue-green colouration of the grass leaves and foot-printing.

Zucchinis are prolific croppers and thrive in soil with lots of organic manure.

Zucchinis are prolific croppers and thrive in soil with lots of organic manure.

DELIGHTFUL ZUCCHINI

Zucchinis are the immature fruits of marrow or summer squash and like pumpkins, squash and cucumber are among the easiest of vegetables to grow. 

Prolific croppers, they need a fertile soil that has had plenty of organic manure dug into it.  

Zucchinis grow in a compact bush and when picked regularly will crop well into late summer. 

On average it takes 60 days from planting out to harvest.

To plant, build a mound of soil and make a shallow depression at the top.  

Sow four seeds, about two centimetres deep into the centre of the depression.

Keep the soil moist, but not too wet, and after the seeds have germinated, choose the strongest two plants and discard the others.

Zucchinis are moisture-loving plants as their large leaves and succulent stems contain a lot of water and the roots must be keep moist to produce a good crop. 

Provide frost protection early in the season.

going to seed

Plant lettuce seedlings in a well-drained, sunny position.

Plan to plant a few seedlings every fourteen days or so for a continuous supply. 

Feed every two weeks with a soluble fertiliser.

Another popular salad green that enjoys the same growing conditions is the Japanese mustard, mizuna with its decorative serrated leaves and peppery taste, similar to that of rocket.

Certified seed potatoes are available now from nurseries and plant centres ready for planting.

Plant tubers when the danger of frosts has gone in a well-drained, sunny position. 

Plant in furrows about 15 centimetres deep and 45 centimetres apart with the ‘eyes’ facing upwards.

Lettuce seedlings do best in a sunny, well-drained position.

Lettuce seedlings do best in a sunny, well-drained position.

SOCIAL CLIMBER

Climbing spinach is a tropical twiner grown as an annual in cooler climates.  

Always provide a support for it to climb on.  

Feed and water well to encourage rapid growth.  

Pick the thick leaves often and use the same as for spinach.