On particularly hot days vegetable plants may need more frequent watering than the 2 days per week limit so hand watering may be needed to top up supplies. Most vegetable plants will benefit from a cover of a light shade cloth during the height of summer. I like to add a layer of mulch to the vegetable patch consisting of a 2cm thick layer of the same Soil Improver
used to mix in earlier. For ongoing feeding I like the Baileys Energy Garden
as it has a strong organic base. Appy this to the soil surface and water in.
Ok, having sorted out the method then what can be planted at this time of the year. The quick answer is lots. Tomato, capsicum, chilli, eggplant, cucumber, pumpkin, zucchini, squash, onions
and spring onions, celery, beans, lettuce, leek, English spinach
and popping corn
. In the cabbage tribe regular cabbage including red leaf type Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli
and pak choi
. Root crops and tubers include beetroot, carrot, kohlrabi, Swede, Japanese turnip, radish
including Daikon, sweet potato
.Then there are the real exotics like boab sprouts, Malabar spinach, choko, Chinese bitter melon, vegetable spaghetti, ginger, drumstick tree, turmeric, yakon, yams
. So there are lots of vegetables to play with at this time of the year, with something to suit every taste.
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