• Vegetables to sow and plant – Plant basil, beans, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprouts, capsicum, carrots, chilli, chives, coriander, cucumber, eggplant, leeks, lettuce, oregano, parsley, pumpkin, radish, rocket, rockmelon, silver beet, squash, sweet corn, tomatoes, watermelon and zucchini.
  • Flowers to sow and plant – alyssum, dianthus, foxgloves, hollyhocks, impatiens, marigolds, nasturtiums, pentstemons, petunias, phlox, polyanthus, portulacas, sunflowers, verbena and zinnias.
  • Thoroughly weed all garden beds and apply a layer of good quality organic mulch to stop any weed seeds germinating. Prior to mulching, feed garden beds with a slow release organic fertiliser (if you haven’t already done so in spring) and water in well. This will help prevent nitrogen draw-down.
  • Check all irrigation systems and repair where necessary. Be aware of any current water restrictions.
  • Consider netting fruit trees to protect your crop – if the trees are too big, net selected branches.
  • Hand water veggies (except tomatoes, which do better with deep watering less frequently), small pots and annuals every day.  Water in the mornings to reduce the risk of fungal disease on plants and avoid wetting the foliage – water directly on the soil.
  • Move pots out of the heat and into a shady, protected position.  Under trees works well, as the plant will still receive dappled light.  Azaleas, gardenias, camellias and hydrangeas in tubs can be moved to a verandah or pergola where they only receive very early morning sun.
  • Provide a clean, safe source of water for birds and other wildlife.
  • Keep an eye out for pests and diseases.  Keep plants strong and healthy with appropriate watering and feeding, and they will be more resistant to these problems.
  • Lift the blades on your mower.  Leaving the lawn longer will help shade the root zone.  Try to avoid removing more than one third of the length of the blade at a time.
  • Natives can be pruned and tidied once they finish flowering.  This will avoid the plant becoming leggy and will help to encourage vigorous growth.
  • Roses should be fed every 4-6 weeks from August to April.  Water well before and after feeding with a good quality fertiliser.