Plant unkillable, yet stunning Gazanias, for colour. Choose from potted cultivated varieties you find in the garden centre, these have been selected as non-weedy types.
Bearded iris can be lifted and divided this month.
Lift spring-flowering bulbs, dry and then store in a cool dry area in preparation for replanting in late autumn.
Annual flowers to sow or transplant at this time of the year include: alyssum, aster, globe amaranthus, dwarf marigolds, celosia, cleome, coreopsis, cosmos, verbena, rudbeckia, petunia, amaranthus, salvia, portulaca, zinnia, Swan River daisy, vinca and sunflowers. If growing in pots or tubs, choose Baileys Premium Potting mix. If you are planting in the garden then amend the soil with generous quantities of Baileys Clay & Compost (for sandy soils) or Soil Improver Plus.
Vegetables & Herbs
Vegetables to sow or transplant this month include: dwarf beans, climbing beans, brussel sprouts, asparagus pea, zucchini, cucumber, sweet corn, silver beet, swiss chard, rosella, lettuce, eggplant, okra, leeks and chives. It's an ideal time to plant root vegetables including swede, beetroot, turnip, carrot, radish, daikon (Japanese radish) and kohlrabi.
Plant tropical fruits in summer to get them off to a quick start.
Now's the time to try your hand at growing Mangoes. You need a sunny location and a sunny season to plant so growth kicks off immediately. Winter plantings often don't work in Perth because the plant is dormant. Generally, tropical plants need to hit the ground running. For more info read our blog - Mango Growing - Tips and Tricks
Chunky, dark Moisture Mulch is a great choice for garden beds and all landscape areas. This also works well when placed around the top of pots and garden planter boxes. Applying Baileys Moisture Mulch does a lot more than make the garden look great, it also helps to cool soil as well as the garden, reduces evaporation, increases soil water retention, suppresses weed germination, allows rain infiltration and adds organic matter to existing garden areas.
Hanging baskets are particularly vulnerable to drying out through wind and heat. Move to more protected locations if possible and treat with Baileys Grosorb wetting agent.
Vegetables & Herbs
Push lettuce along with regular fertilising so they remain sweet and don't bolt into flower. Baileys Soil Matters Garden contains all essential macro and micro nutrients, and a biological coating which encourages strong root growth. Apply little and often, 25g a per square metre every 3 weeks and water in immediately.
Keep veggie beds well mulched with Moisture Mulch and water regularly.