Hero plant this month: Succulents and cacti
This month is a great time of the year to be planting cacti and succulents. These little guys are low maintenance and easy to plant, but don’t forget your gloves! They are great to get into if you’re new to gardening and kids love them too.
A favourite are crassulas. They come in a range of different shapes, sizes and colours. They are hardy and will grow almost anywhere. For example, grow them inside or outside in a pot or in the garden. Be sure to plant them in a sunny well-drained spot and don’t over water.
What else to plant
For a hot dry spot, consider the hardy and low maintenance yucca. With their architectural foliage, they make a bold statement in a pot or the garden as a feature plant. But don’t put them near paths as the plant has sharp, thorny leaf tips.
Put in some edibles too. While it’s still too hot to be planting seedlings into the ground, consider pots or planters so it’s possible to move them around to make the most of the sun and shady positions. For example, move them out of the hot afternoon sun and into a more sheltered spot.
Try growing herbs such as basil, coriander, or oregano. Select a good size pot and use a quality potting mix. It’s also a good time to plant beetroot, which will grow well in a container.
It’s almost the end of summer, but the weather is still really hot so make sure young plants and potted seedlings are well watered. A good tip is to water in the morning to ensure plants have enough moisture to last through the day.
Keep an eye on fruit trees and citrus, they will need watering to ensure the trees bear fruit. Pot plants will also benefit from regular watering. They dry out very quickly in the heat.
To help retain moisture in the garden, add a wetting agent and cover with mulch. The mulch will help protect plant roots and keep weeds at bay too.
Apply a seaweed solution to the entire garden, as well as pots. This helps resilience, immunity and strong roots in plants.
This month expect to harvest produce such as radish, pumpkin and strawberries. A good tip when harvesting pumpkins is to pick with some stalk, or a handle, as this will extend its storage life. Regular picking will encourage better crops.
Start planting today
Check out the wide range of plants online or visit your local Bunnings Warehouse to find out how you can bring your garden to life.
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