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Tasks for this month:This is a month of rapid growth. The soil is warm. Keep your garden well watered to avoid wilting this will minimise stress to plants. Also, keep an eye on weeding, feeding and spraying.

Tasks for this month: JANUARY

Vegetable Garden
Sow seeds directly into the soil: Beans, beetroot, carrots, parsnip, swedes, turnips, radish, spinach, lettuce, silverbeet and sweetcorn. Make successive sowings every two weeks.
Plant seedlings of lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, tomato, sweetcorn, beetroot, pumpkin, courgette, capsicum, eggplant, melon, cucumber and gherkin.
Protect plants from caterpillars with Derris Dust.
If whitefly is a problem, spray with Target.
Courgettes and cucumbers can be protected from powdery mildew by spraying with Copper or Fungal spray.
Feed tomatoes at least once a week with a fast acting liquid feed such as Phostrogen Tomato Food, Thrive or any other liquid fertiliser. Pinch out laterals (side growths) on tall tomato varieties as they grow and ensure they are firmly staked. Dont waste your leterals, plant them, with a bit of care they will grow into new plants.
Apply a mulch of compost around vegetable plants to conserve soil moisture.

Fruit Trees

Feed fruit trees for bumper crops later and water well to prevent fruit drop.
Spray pip and stone fruit with Copper to prevent fungus diseases.
Spray citrus with Copper to prevent verrucosis and leaf curl. Summer prune peach and nectarine trees as soon as fruiting is complete. This will help prevent the spread of silver leaf blight and leaf curl.

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Flower Garden

Sow seeds of ageratum, alyssum, aster, celosia, cosmos, cyclamen, gerbera, nasturtium, petunia, phlox, portulaca, rudbeckia, salpiglossis, sunflowers, verbena, viscaria and zinnia.
Plant seedlings of alyssum, aster, chrysanthemum, cosmos, dahlia, dianthus, gypsophila, nasturtium, impatiens, marigolds, petunia, phlox, portulaca, salvia, verbena, viscaria and zinnia.
Roses and perennials can still be planted. Keep new plantings well watered.
Prune roses lightly and water well in preparation for autumn flowering. Feed with Rose Fertiliser and spray with Shield to prevent pests and diseases.
Lift spring flowering bulbs once the leaves have died down completely and store in a cool dry place until autumn.
Mulch garden shrubs with compost to conserve moisture and so protect roots from hot sun, especially rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias.
Water each evening or early morning, especially plants in containers which will dry out quickly in hot or windy weather.

Houseplants and Outdoor Containers

Fill pots with flowering annuals such as petunias, marigolds, phlox or impatiens.
Keep up watering in warm weather. Installation of a watering system saves time and makes watering easy.
Use a deep saucer filled with sand will allow the plant to draw up water and allow more infrequent watering while you`re away on holiday. If you have big pots which need repotting, then add washed river sand to the potting mix. Add aprox 1/4 by volumn. This increases the surface area which water can cling to, there by increasing the amount of water the mix can hold.

Raise the lawn mower up a level for summer season. The longer lawn will aid in moisture conservation, promote growth and help to keep the lawn healthy.
Water in dry weather and apply fast acting lawn food high in Nitrogen

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