Summer heat means plants all around the neighbourhood will be screaming for water. They don’t have voices but they sure can show you how thirsty they are by their posture. A strong, upright stance means a healthy, hydrated plant whereas a droopy, wilting posture means the plant is hot, tired and thirsty. Cool climate: Top up the garden and vegie beds with lots of mulch and spread a fresh layer of pine bark around the base of trees. Take care in keeping the mulch 100mm away from the trunk to avoid collar rot. Temperate Water plants early in the morning to give them enough time to draw up the moisture they need to stay hydrated for a hot day ahead. Place saucers under potted plants and fill them with water. As soil starts to dry out in the pot, moisture will be absorbed through the holes in the bottom of the pots, keeping the plant hydrated. Tropical: Cover your plants with shadecloth to protect them from searing heat. This will help to reduce evaporation and will also protect the foliage from being scorched.
It is the season to enjoy but it’s also the season to be wary: insects are out on the prowl in their thousands. Tired, sick plants attract pests and diseases, so it’s important to nurse any unwell plants back to good health to give them a better chance of defending themselves. Cool Climate Control sap-sucking aphids from destroying new growth and flower buds on roses. If there are only a few aphids, use a damp cloth to gently wipe them off the plant — aphids that fall to the ground never make it back up again. Heavy infestation of aphids will require control spraying with Eco-oil or something similar. Temperate Be on the lookout for white fly in your vegie garden, those who have already experienced an invasion by white fly know just how difficult it is to control this pest. They hide in large numbers on the underside of plant foliage. Regular application of organic garlic and chilli oil will certainly help to control them. Tropical Spray plants with garlic oil on a regular basis to control insect attack and use bluestone spray to prevent the development of mildew and other fungi.