There’s lots to do around the garden at this time of year. Here are some of the jobs that need to be taken care of this month.
- Give the roots of sunburnt plants a good soaking, but wait until autumn before trimming off damaged sections.
- Move hanging baskets into shaded spots where they are protected from the harsh summer heat.
- Soak indoor plants in a bucket of diluted liquid fertiliser to give them a nutritional boost.
- Feed potted bougainvilleas with a flower-promoting fertiliser.
- Collect harlequin bugs and green vegetable bugs, and drop them into a bucket filled with soapy water.
- Sow pansy seeds into punnets kept in a cool spot ready for autumn planting.
- Cut back long-blooming perennials, such as begonias, impatiens, diascias and salvias, and feed them to promote a beautiful autumn flower flush.
- Strike tip cuttings of pelargoniums.
- Trim long, whippy shoots from climbers such as wisteria, pandorea, allamanda and star jasmine.
- Seed and repair damaged lawns in cool areas to give them plenty of time to regrow before winter.
You’ll find more than 50 gardening projects this month, including painting pebbles, preserving summer flowers and taking grevillea cuttings, in the February 2021 issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine, out now.