To do this summer
Ensure your compost heap and/or worm farm is covered with a hessian sack or similar – to keep moisture contained during the heat.
On very hot days, give your compost and/or worm farm extra water. You can also add moisture putting half drunk glasses of water/drinks in your compost.
Keep your worm farm in the shade and your compost bin in the sun.
If you love eating melon in summer, worms will love eating your melon skins! So make sure your melon skins go in your worm farm or compost bin.
Spread mulch to minimise the growth of new weeds and conserve moisture from rain.
Weed and water, and then water some more to give your plants to best possible chance of survival over summer.
Simple Tomato Sauce
(from The Woman’s Weekly The Cooks Garden Cookbook)
1/3 cup (80ml) olive oil
4 small onions (320g), chopped finely
20 medium tomatoes (4 kg)
8 gloves garlic, crushed
2/3 cup finely chopped fresh basil
Heat oil in large frypan, add onions, cook covered over low heat, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally
Meanwhile peel, seed and chop tomatoes.
Add garlic to pan, cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add tomatoes; bring to boil. Reduce heat, simmer, uncovered, about 1 ½ hours or until mixture has the consistency of a pasta sauce. Stir in basil, cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes then season to taste with salt and pepper.
Pour sauce into freezer containers leaving 1-2 cm above sauce for expansion. Cover, cool in refrigerator, then freezer for up to 6 months or store in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.
Prep + cook time 2 hours 30 minutes
Makes about 7 cups
Beans, corn, tomatoes, beetroot, broccoli, rocket, cabbage, carrot, rockmelon, zucchini are all great to plant towards the end of summer while the soil is still warm.
Shade cloth may help prevent your new seedlings from over heating in the summer sun.
If you’ve got some great finished compost or worm castings ready to go, don’t forget to use it while you’re planting! Your seedlings will love all the nutrients.
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