What to plant - February

1st Feb 2022

    Summer is a vibrant time in the kitchen garden with an abundant harvest of all the warm season fruits, vegetables and herbs. We are enjoying incredibly fresh, healthy, flavour filled goodness of homegrown produce as delightful rewards for our efforts.

    Flowers and plants are perfect gifts to celebrate the nature of great relationships. Harmony Garden Centre and Florist is filled with beautiful gift ideas to show that someone special that they are loved, appreciated and supported throughout the seasons of life.

    It is certainly the time to enjoy the fruits of your labor but also to begin preparing for the months ahead. Now is the time to plant Broccoli, Carrot, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, Celery, Leek, Radish, Turnip, Swede, Beetroot, Kale, Chinese cabbage, Celeriac, Spring onion, Lettuce, Parsnip, Spinach and Silverbeet. If sowing Spinach, add garden lime to the veggie patch. Spinach dislikes acidic soil and the application of lime will ensure strong healthy plants.

    Continue to fertilise tomatoes, capsicum and eggplants with a high potassium enriched fertiliser to ensure more flavor and plenty of fruit.

    •  Summer is the entertaining season and regular harvesting from the edible garden will keep your summer feasting fresh and tasty but also keep the herbs, vegetables and fruiting plants productive and maximising the warm weather growth
    • Mulch, Mulch, Mulch! – great for saving precious water and making the most of any summer rains
    • Be Water Smart! It’s best to water first thing in the morning, to give your soil a chance to absorb all the moisture before it gets too hot
    • Control weeds in the lawn 
    • New Season grapes have just arrived ready for planting
    • Control Mildew on roses and grape vines
    • Prune annual plants as they start to finish flowering and feed with Bloom booster to promote more flowers
    • Remove any stone fruit which have signs of brown rot, and be sure to spray these trees in winter with Lime sulphur
    • To control insects and disease on tomatoes, treat with Yates low toxic, dual action Tomato & vegetable dust
    • Spray apples, pears and hawthorns with Yates Success to control pear and cherry slug. If you don't want to spray, dust with flour or wood ash, or remove by hand.
    • Rose pests can be controlled with 'Rose shield’, with an all in one fungicide, miticide and insecticide
    • Harvest beans and other summer veggies regularly so they'll produce more crops.
    • Watch out for powdery mildew on roses and tomato plants, treat with a fungicide or for non chenical options spray with one part full cream milk with five parts water

    Did you know?

    Black spot is a fungal disease and it thrives in warm humid weather. Black spot on roses starts off as a black spot in the leaf and then turns yellow and eventually the leaf falls off. If untreated Black Spot will affect the growth, and in severe cases may kill the plant. Be sure not to water your roses by a sprinkler or other methods, which wet the leaves. Ask our staff for advice on how best to treat this problem.