Welcome in the new year relaxing in the beauty of your garden!

Mid-summer brings extremes as the weather swings from hot and humid with storms, to hot, dry and dusty with the threat of bushfire.

To keep your patch safe and welcoming, water regularly, deadhead spent flowers and pick edible crops regularly. When days are hot, work in your garden in the cool of the day – early morning or evening – or select a shady spot. Don’t forget to protect yourself from the sun and keep hydrated! For the rest of the time, enjoy being outdoors playing, resting, eating and enjoying fun times with family and friends.

Reviving poor growth

When plants aren’t doing well in the ground, a pot could be the answer. Pots provide good drainage and can save a plant that’s struggling in poorly drained soil. Lavender, rosemary and dwarf citrus thrive in a pot rather than risk growing them in poorly drained soil. Repotting may be the solution for any plant that’s sulking in the ground. If there’s no obvious sign of pests or diseases, an ailing plant may be revived by digging it up carefully and putting it in a pot until better growing conditions can be prepared.

Use a premium potting mix such as Seasol Advanced Potting Mix and apply Seasol to the plant before digging it out of the garden. This will aid with plant re-establishment, helping to promote a strong root system.

After potting up, water the plant in with Seasol and apply regularly every week to help promote overall plant health  Once the plant is showing signs of recovery provide regular liquid feeding with PowerFeed All Purpose including Natives to promote strong, vigorous growth.

What to do in your garden in mid summer in January 2024 to help your garden flourish through heat and drought
What to do in your garden in mid summer in January 2024 to help your garden flourish through heat and drought

Other potted tips

Most potted plants need repotting into a slightly larger pot every two to three years. This is known as ‘potting on’. Small, quick growing plants including seedlings and struck cuttings may need to be repotted several times before they are ready to be planted out into the garden.

If a plant is requiring extra water, the mix has slumped in the container or the plant is unstable and easy to topple over, it may be time to repot the plant into a larger pot. Usually plants only need to be transferred into a slightly larger pot to have enough space to grow.

If the plant is already in a large pot and not easily upgraded, remove the plant from the pot, lightly trim its roots and soak in a bucket of Seasol for a couple of hours to revitalise the plant. Renew the potting mix and repot the plant to restore its health and vigour.

If the plant is too large for this treatment, buy time by replenishing some of the potting mix. Do this without burying the stem or filling up all the space so it is hard to water the pot plant. Potting mix can also be revived with Seasol Potting Mix Booster.

Keep lawns green with good care

A lush lawn not only provides a welcoming place to play or sit, it can also keep your home cool through summer. Keeping the lawn green and growing when conditions are hot and dry however means keeping up regular watering. The most effective way to water a lawn is with an irrigation system or sprinkler (water restrictions permitting). Set the irrigation or sprinkler so it waters in the early morning or evening and set a timer so water isn’t wasted.

If the grass is green and growing, continue to mow regularly but leave a long leaf blade and avoid scalping (mowing that leaves brown stems or bare patches). Longer leaf blades help to shade the soil and roots and allow the lawn to be resistant to heat.

If the grass is yellow it could be deficient in nutrients such as iron. Apply Seasol Organic Iron for Deep Green Lawns will help to revitalise, strengthen and green up your lawn. It contains all the benefits of Seasol and organic chelated iron to improve lawn health and growth.

What to do in your garden in mid summer in January 2024 to help your garden flourish through heat and drought
What to do in your garden in mid summer in January 2024 to help your garden flourish through heat and drought

Summer prune roses for more flowers

For a flush of rose blooms in autumn, give rose bushes a summer prune in January. The summer prune is a light prune that removes flowered stems as if picking a bunch of flowers. Put the pruned stems into the bin (not the compost).

After pruning, feed regularly with a liquid rose food such as PowerFeed PRO SERIES for Roses & Flowers and keep plants well-watered as new growth appears. Water in the cool of the day to the soil, early morning is ideal as it gives the foliage time to dry before nightfall reducing fungal diseases such as powdery mildew.

Also deadhead or lightly cut back other summer-flowering plants including dahlias, agapanthus, foxgloves, delphiniums and petunias. Summer pruning prevents seed formation and encourages repeat-flowering in many plants.

Five important jobs for mid summer

  1. Empty containers holding water (including plant saucers) to remove breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  2. Recent plantings need extra care and attention when it’s very hot and dry. Watering with Seasol helps plants withstand harsh summer conditions.
  3. Clean out gutters. Not only do clean gutters flow better when it rains, blocked gutters can be a fire hazard.
  4. Check fruiting plants regularly for pests and protect soft fruit crops from fruit fly (in fruit fly zones) and birds. Apply PowerFeed PRO SERIES for Fruit & Citrus regularly every two weeks to help promote flowering and fruiting for a larger yield of tasty product.
  5. Check if water is running off the soil, not soaking in, it may be repelling water. Using a soil wetting such as Seasol Super Soil Wetter & Conditioner will help to over come this. Apply using the hose-on container which clicks-on to the hose to make application easy and effective.


Liquid feed to keep plants growing well

Summer’s warmth encourages strong growth in many plants. Regularly feed that summer growth, flowers and fruit to keep plants healthy. For quick results, use a liquid fertiliser such as PowerFeed All Purpose including Natives. It has the dual affect of feeding both the plant and soil, as it contains liquid compost which helps stimulate beneficial soil microbial activity, promote good soil structure and increase nutrient availability to plants.

Leafy greens that are constantly being harvested, or rapidly growing vegetables such as pumpkins, cucumbers, beans and tomatoes, in particular need regular feeding. Liquid fertilisers such as PowerFeed PRO SERIES Tomatoes & Vegetables applied every week  will keep these plants growing, flowering and fruiting for a bumper crop.

What to do in your garden in mid summer in January 2024 to help your garden flourish through heat and drought
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Zucchini growing guide

Zucchinis are bountiful vegetables that produce lots of fruit throughout summer. To get the best from a zucchini plant, provide regular water and harvest young fruit regularly. Fruit that is left unpicked even for a few days quickly becomes large and seedy.

As the summer progresses, zucchinis may develop powdery mildew or be attacked by leaf-eating bugs that skeletonise the leaves. Remove affected leaves and eventually, as the crop diminishes, remove the entire plant to make room for autumn planting.

For more details on growing zucchini, see our zucchini growing guide.