Gardening this Summer
Water and mulching for a successful summer garden
Even though the sun is shining, January is not an easy month for the home garden. Lack of attention due to holidays, high temperatures, low rainfall and often strong winds all make it a tough time for plants. Sustaining soil moisture becomes a gardener’s greatest challenge this month. Mulching is the magic word and will help reduce water loss alongside regular, consistent watering.
Harvesting galore in the veggie garden!
egetables going to seed or ‘bolting’ can happen easily in summer when plants have been stunted or stressed during the growing period. This is usually caused by a lack of or inconsistent watering.
Maintain strong healthy growth with regular, deep watering and applications of fresh compost around maturing vegetables. Always increase watering during any periods of drought and mulch with bark or pea straw to significantly reduce water loss from your garden.
Veggies to harvest include; beans, carrots, eggplants, beetroot, cucumbers, peas, radish, sweetcorn and zucchini. Keep up the constant supply and regularly plant out lettuce, dwarf beans and radish.
A stunning month for summer flowering annuals. These plants thrive in the hot weather and their floral displays will be outstanding. Keep dead-heading for continuous blooming and water, water water!
Many new varieties will continue to crop through January so don’t neglect the strawberry patch yet! Maintain some netting cover to keep birds away. Water plants deeply two to three times a week and mulch around plants with pea straw or crushed bark.
January is an important month for harvesting delicious stone fruit like apricots, cherries, peaches and plums. Towards the end of January, the first apples begin to ripen. Fruit trees planted last winter will need regular watering and a layer of mulch to achieve maximum growth during the season. This is particularly important for young citrus trees.
Make the most of your raspberry plants as January is the end of the main cropping season. Excess growth should be removed and vigorous young canes tied up for next season’s crop.
As temperatures and humidity increase, the successful cultivation of healthy roses becomes increasingly difficult. The early season flush of flowers has finished, and now the battle with rust and black spot commences! Some regions have even reported seeing these diseases starting to take hold in December! Spray plants every two weeks throughout summer to treat any disease or pests. Water regularly and apply Daltons Nutrient Enriched Mulch & Grow to keep moisture and nutrients in. Pay special attention to potted roses to ensure they don’t dry out. Dead head plants once a week to encourage repeat flowering.
The herb garden this month should be bountiful in the production of fresh herbs. Trim plants regularly even if you aren’t using them as it helps stimulate young fresh growth. Replace any herbs that have bolted to seed with young plants.
As with roses, it is not an easy month for lawns. Irrigate during the cooler hours of the day and leave grass to grow a little longer during summer as it provides better collection of rainfall.