Posted on Jul 20, 2020
Sense of Humus
While cold weather is often not ideal for long amounts of time outside tending to your garden, you might find some of your earlier planted autumn-winter crops are ready for harvest now. If harvesting mature crops now, there is still time to succession plant faster growing vegetables such as lettuce, rocket & radish & get another crop grown & harvested before spring. Heaviest frosts had throughout July, so keep sensitive plants well sheltered or covered. Don’t fuss about frost hardy vegetables such as peas, spinach, silverbeet, kale, cabbage, broccoli, carrots & beetroot – these can all withstand very cold temperatures. Prune citrus trees after fruit harvest & before flowers set again. Prune off dead wood & remove swollen stems caused by citrus gall-wasp. Ensure to maintain an open vase shaped tree & remove any branches crossing over others to ensure your tree has adequate ventilation & light to prevent against pest infestations. Bare rooted fruit trees, berries & roses are usually readily available at this time of year & they are a great way to fill your garden & save some money on purchasing a potted plant or tree. Determine which beds are best suited to growing which vegetables; a full-sun position means at least 6 hours of direct sun per day. Plan to rotate crops as much as possible; planting the same crops in the same beds as you did last year can cause pest problems & deplete available nutrients in your soil eventually impacting soil structure and stability.