There’s plenty to keep you busy in the garden this month. Here’s a list of jobs to get you started.
- Plant a shade-creating wisteria or grapevine on a pergola to cool the western side of the house in summer.
- Put your potted Christmas tree outside in a shaded spot, then gradually move it into more sunlight.
- Work in the garden in the early morning or evening, avoiding the hottest part of the day.
- Plant out bulbs of belladonna lilies (naked ladies), with the top of the bulb protruding from the soil.
- Divide orchid clumps, and re-pot into a suitable orchid mix or bark.
- Ensure the chooks have plenty of shade and water in the hot months.
- Wrap a piece of light shadecloth loosely around the trunks of any cool-climate trees, especially when hot days are predicted, to protect the bark from sunburn.
- Collect dried seed heads from poppy plants, and save the seeds for sowing in autumn.
- Use a sharp knife to cut out clumps of weedy summer grass at ground level before it produces flower heads.
- Remember that summer is snake season, so be careful when working with rocks, woodpiles or grassy patches, where snakes like to shelter.
You’ll find more than 50 gardening projects this month, including pruning summer roses, preparing beds for autumn plantings, and rehydrating large pots, in the January 2021 issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine, out now.