• 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.
  • Roses – cut back hard those that only flower in spring. Regularly dead-head repeat flowering roses to encourage more blooms. Cut a length of stem with the rose, not just the flower head. An organic spray to protect roses from black spot, rust and mildew – Mix 1L water, 1 tsp sunflower oil, 1drop detergent and tsp bicarb of soda.
  • Citrus should be fed once they stop flowering – use chicken manure if in the ground or an organic slow release pellet designed for citrus if in a pot.
  • Consider netting fruit trees to protect your crop – if the trees are too big, net selected branches.
  • Water in the mornings to reduce the risk of fungal disease on plants and avoid wetting the foliage – water directly on the soil.
  • Harvest your garlic if the leaves are turning yellow and the stalks are softening.
  • Plant some herbs – basil, parsley, sage, lemongrass, oregano and marjoram.  Mint too, but keep it in a pot to avoid it taking over the garden!
  • Vegetables to sow and plant – Plant beans, capsicum, chilli, coriander, cucumber, eggplant, kale, lettuce, melon, sweet corn, tomatoes and zucchini.
  • Flowers to sow and plant – ageratum, african marigold, amaranthus, begonia, coleus, cosmos, dahlia, pentstemon, portulaca, salvia, verbena, sunflower