Summer can be a wonderful time. Warm sunny mornings, longer sunshine hours, and lots of growth activity. But, as we all experienced the terrible dry heatwave of last summer and the horrendous fires that spread across the whole country, we know the Aussie summer can be brutal. 

Even though this coming summer is predicted to be cooler and wetter (thank goodness) now is the time to prepare so you don’t get caught short.

Here are 5 things you can do to prepare your garden and property for the Summer Season.

1. Mulch Mulch Mulch

Your plants will love you for it. Choose a mulch that is suitable for your garden and ideally locally produced. I am partial to sugar cane mulch but as this isn’t local to me so I often opt for pea mulch or homemade rough compost.

Put down a good layer but be sure to leave space around your plants, especially if you are in a humid climate. You don’t want to encourage mildew.

 

2. Feed Your Vegies

Use a ready-made fertiliser or make your own. I love adding some homemade compost and giving my garden a feed of manure tea. Soaking a cup chicken manure in about 10 litres of water overnight then diluting this to down to 40 litres. 

    1. Mulch Mulch Mulch

    Your plants will love you for it. Choose a mulch that is suitable for your garden and ideally locally produced. I am partial to sugar cane mulch but as this isn’t local to me so I often opt for pea mulch or homemade rough compost.

    Put down a good layer but be sure to leave space around your plants, especially if you are in a humid climate. You don’t want to encourage mildew.

    2. Feed Your Vegies

    Use a ready-made fertiliser or make your own. I love adding some homemade compost and giving my garden a feed of manure tea. Soaking a cup chicken manure in about 10 litres of water overnight then diluting this to down to 40 litres. 

    This is safe enough to not burn the leafy crops but being manure I give everything a good hose down after.  Oh and as an added bonus I add a wetting agent to help the bed stay nice and damp during those hot days.

      This is safe enough to not burn the leafy crops but being manure I give everything a good hose down after.  Oh and as an added bonus I add a wetting agent to help the bed stay nice and damp during those hot days.

      3.  Prepare Your Shade

      Now is the time to get prepared to throw some shade. If you have some beds that always seem to suffer in the hot sun you could put up shade cloth or even repurpose old cotton sheets. You can even compost them after they have served their purpose. I just use old star pickets and some shade cloth I picked up on sale. It is easy to put up where I need the shade the most. 

      If you are growing in pots it may be as easy as relocating your sensitive plants to a partially shaded area.

        3.  Prepare Your Shade

        Now is the time to get prepared to throw some shade. If you have some beds that always seem to suffer in the hot sun you could put up shade cloth or even repurpose old cotton sheets. You can even compost them after they have served their purpose. I just use old star pickets and some shade cloth I picked up on sale. It is easy to put up where I need the shade the most. 

        If you are growing in pots it may be as easy as relocating your sensitive plants to a partially shaded area.

          4. Get Your Compost On

          With the grass growing so fast during spring and into early summer now is the time to use those clippings. If you have the room a hot compost is a great way to get compost fast. Or you can use a traditional compost pile or even a tumbler. 

          Whatever you choose it is a great way to capitalise on those nitrogen and nutrient-rich grass clippings. 

            4. Get Your Compost On

            With the grass growing so fast during spring and into early summer now is the time to use those clippings. If you have the room a hot compost is a great way to get compost fast. Or you can use a traditional compost pile or even a tumbler. 

            Whatever you choose it is a great way to capitalise on those nitrogen and nutrient-rich grass clippings. 

              5. Water Source

              How are you planning to water your patch? Do you have irrigation set up or do you hand water? Town or tank? If you haven’t started yet I would encourage you to harvest water. It is easy to set up an IBC or even wheelie bins and place a diverter in your downpipe. 

              Even putting buckets out in the rain is great! The benefits of rainwater harvesting are many including the plants prefer it!  If you already have tanks be sure to clean your gutters and inspect your tanks for leaks or problems. 

              I would love to know what you are doing to prepare for the hot summer months. 

              Share your growing journey with us on Instagram and Facebook @sohfarmlet.

               

              Happy Growing!

                5. Water Source

                How are you planning to water your patch? Do you have irrigation set up or do you hand water? Town or tank? If you haven’t started yet I would encourage you to harvest water. It is easy to set up an IBC or even wheelie bins and place a diverter in your downpipe. 

                Even putting buckets out in the rain is great! The benefits of rainwater harvesting are many including the plants prefer it!  If you already have tanks be sure to clean your gutters and inspect your tanks for leaks or problems. 

                  I would love to know what you are doing to prepare for the hot summer months. 

                  Share your growing journey with us on Instagram and Facebook @sohfarmlet.

                   

                  Happy Growing!

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