After the rain those pesky weeds grow faster than the plants so get on top of the situation not letting them take hold, (they will if you let them) time to mulch.
Mulch benefits plants by keeping the soil cool and moist and depriving weeds of light. Organic mulches, in particular, can actually host crickets and carabid beetles, which seek out and devour thousands of weed seeds.
Time To Plant
It is time to start planting those summer veggies. Artichokes, beans, beetroot, cabbage, capsicum, celery, Chinese cabbage, choko, cucumber, eggplant, kale, lettuce, okra, onions, parsnip, peas, potatoes, radish, rhubarb crown, rockmelon, silverbeet, spinach, sweetcorn, sweet potato, tomato, and watermelon are all good to go. Don't forget the herb garden, parsley, basil, coriander, rosemary, marjoram and thyme, what about nasturtiums they are good eating, calendula or marigolds they all attract bees to the garden and they all look pretty as well.
Known for removing benzene. It also great for the Bathroom, kitcken and Laundry where mold spors grow, also purifying the air of trichloroethylene, a chemical found in cleaners and solvents; and removing alcohols,
Easy to care for, it prefers lots of water, with dappled light.
Very effective at removing benzene, a carcinogen found in chemicals, plastics, cigarettes and off-gasing. Also removes trichloroethylene found in solvets and cleaners, formaldehyde and ammonia.
Likes dappled sun, and lots of water. They only flower once and are generally annual plants
A cool idea for your plants
Construct some simple frames using recycled timber, PVC pipe or something you have around the yard and 90% shade-cloth to put over your precious plants to protect leaves and new growth that is being scorched in the extreme 40 deg C heat and hot winds. Let plants receive morning sun but cover from the hot afternoon sun.
You can also use bamboo stakes to create a teepee and put the shade cloth on all side except the one that faces east. These can also be moved around the garden where needed
Great healing properties for use on burns, sun burn and cuts on the skin, it is also known to remove formaldahyde from the air.
Well-drained soil with slight drying between waterings, full sun or part with protection from high heats
Use leftover tea and coffee grounds to acidify the soil of acid-loving plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, gardenias and even blueberries. A light sprinkling of about one-quarter of an inch applied once a month will keep the pH of the soil on the acidic side.
Use chamomile tea to control damping-off fungus, which often attacks young seedlings quite suddenly. Just add a spot of tea to the soil around the base of seedlings once a week or use it as a foliar spray.
Water From Veggies
The next time you boil or steam vegetables, don't pour the water down the drain, use it to water potted patio plants, and you'll be amazed at how the plants respond to the "vegetable soup."
You know the salt deposits that form on clay pots, they look so ugly and spoil a beautiful flower display, well combine equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Apply the mixture to the pot and scrub with a plastic brush. Let the pot dry before you plant anything in it.
Don't like wearing garden groves ?Even after scrubbing you end up with dirt stains under your nails. Here is a great tip for you
To help prevent dirt under your fingernails, draw your fingernails across a bar of soap and you'll effectively seal the undersides of your nails so dirt can't collect beneath them. Then just use a nail brush to remove the soap
keeping your soil healthy means healthy plants that are better able to resist pests and disease, reducing the need for harmful pesticides.
Healthy soil need minerals, organic matter, water, air and living organisms.
Train your vines
Don't like your vine vegetables taking over your garden. Train melons, squash, and cucumbers onto a vertical trellis or fence.
Saves space and looks pretty too
Sunshine to grow
A minimum of 6 hours of sunshine for your plants is needed when planting your vegetables and with easy access to water you will have very happy vegetables for you meals.
If you are a beginner try planting vegies in a container to start with.
Companion planting is an excellent way to improve your garden.
Try these combinations which will help keep pests away from your Tomatoes •Chives •Marigolds •Nasturtiums •Basil.
Get ready for the hot summer by spreading mulch around your plants to keep the moisture in the soil and keeps your vegetables from getting dirty. With an added bonus it will also help keep the weeds down.