I love the abundance at this time of year - especially when the rains come. Hardy and subtropical plants just thrive, and plants just seem to leap out of the ground.
|This is my salad trellis - the cucumbers and self-seeded cherry tomatoes are climbing together. |
Underneath are growing welsh onions and parsley.
After all the recent heat, and if mulch layers are thinning, the ground can be a little compacted. So firstly I loosen the soil with my sturdy old garden fork (the newer ones just seem to bend). I don't turn the soil, just open it - this really helps to let more air and moisture penetrate to activate soil life. I top-dress these areas with some compost and manure, and then water it all in well with some comfrey tea. The last layer I add is a thick thick covering of mulch. Particularly at this time, the mulch is so important to stop the soil becoming completely baked.
I also top-dress around the perennials with compost and add lots more much there too.
|Hardy perennial Brazilian Spinach thrives in the subtropical summer and enjoys some extra compost and mulch.|
Here is a list of some things to consider planting now - happy gardening!
- brazllian spinich
- cape gooseberry
- ceylon spinach
- cherry tomato
- french beans
- french tarragon
- garlic chives
- mustard greens
- paw paw
- pigeon pea
- snake beans
- sweet potato