Mulch: get your hands dirty!
Your vegetables will thank you profusely if you give them a mulch of organic material as the summer temperatures soar. Tomatoes and leafy greens will respond exceptionally well, but beets, carrots, leeks and onions will do well to.
You can use liquid manure (animal droppings from cows and horses etc that has been steeped in water) if you don’t have mulch.
Remove weeds as soon as you can get your hands on them.
If you’ve got short-season crops like beans, beets, lettuce, radishes or turnips on the go, you can continue planting in January.
The following will be ready to harvest in January:
• Mealies (corn)
• Swiss chard
Vegetables you should plant in January:
• Brussels sprouts
• Baby marrows
• Spring onions
• Sweet potato
• Fennel (a herb)
Remember, mulch is great for plants and retains water, keeping the ground below moist (like vaseline on your skin keeping the moisture on the inside).