Plant potatoes, tomatoes, sweet corn, summer lettuce, eggplants, chillies, capsicums, cucurbits, onions, silverbeet, climbing spinach and herbs.
Make successive sowings of peas, beans, beetroot, radish and carrots.
Plant flower seedlings of alyssum, nasturtiums, marigolds, carnations, cosmos, coleus, dahlias, foxgloves, hollyhocks, delphiniums, aquilegias, pansies, poppies, petunias, snapdragon, cinerarias, zinnias, salvias, larkspur, gazanias, verbena and celosia. Remove flower buds until the plants reach full size then allow to flower.
A fortnightly feed of soluble fertiliser will keep them growing and flowering well.
Garden goings on
Water cucurbits at the base of the plant, not on the leaves, to reduce the risk of powdery mildew which appears as a powder-like substance on the leaves and stems.
As potatoes grow keep hilling up around the stems with straw or compost to prevent light from reaching the tubers.
Spray roses every 10 to 14 days for black spot throughout the growing season.
Mulch around fruit trees and ornamentals with pea straw.
The optimum time to water your lawn is in the early morning to give the grass time to absorb the moisture before the day heats up.
Although the amount of water your lawn requires depends on soil and grass types most require on average 2.5cms of water per week.
It is far better to water deeply and less frequent than light daily waterings.
A moisture metre retails for about $20 from garden centres.
Polygala 'Little Polly' is an adorable little shrub with the most vibrant purple pea-shaped flowers amidst soft grey/green foliage and, as it is a dwarf variety growing to one metre high, is the ideal choice for a low hedge or container specimen.
Once established it can tolerate dry conditions.
A cottage garden favourite is Tulbaghia an evergreen, perennial lily with grass-like leaves and small, mauve star-shaped flowers on tall, slender stems.
This dainty plant also looks great in rockeries, planted in a large group or used to define pathways and borders.
This is a low water use plant.
Everything at stake
If it is necessary to provide a stake to support a young tree, attach the tie in the form of a figure of eight so that the stem is not secured too tightly nor held too loosely.
Place single stakes on the windward side of the tree and for larger trees support with two to three stakes especially in windy situations.
Remove the stakes as soon as the tree no longer needs them so the tree can develop its own support system.