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Planting Calendar

Friday, May 22, 2009

July in your garden

Start preparing for spring vegetable planting. Dig compost into empty spaces. Don’t cultivate wet, boggy soils. If soils are too wet a fungus disease can develop which kills young seedlings. Also, don’t add excessive quantities of fertilizers as this can burn tender saplings. To sow seed directly into the ground, soils must be warm and free draining.

In warmer climates, early potatoes can be planted, by sprouting first in a sunny spot before planting.

Plant new fruit trees in an open, sunny spot sheltered from strong winds. Prune deciduous fruit trees.

Feed flower seedlings with a soluble fertilizer. Cutback any untidy growth of perennials. Prune roses by making 45 degree angle cuts. The upper point should be approximately 5mm above the growth bud. Cut off all old and dead wood, and remove all weak, soft and small growths. Plant new season roses. Feed all spring bulbs. Plant gladioli, tuberous begonias, dahlias and calla lilies for summer flowering.

Apply mulch around trees and shrubs to keep the moisture in for the spring and summer.

Cabbage, radish, beetroot, brussel sprouts, broad beans, kohl rabi, pak choy, peas, cauliflower, garlic, leeks, shallots, swedes.

Warmer areas
: (if soil is warm, light and free draining) onions, peas, lettuce, silver beet, spinach, cabbage, cauliflower

Cooler areas: sow seeds in trays for early spring planting 

For more of what to plant in your climatic zone, click here

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