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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
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
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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January are Hot Stuff
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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
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
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
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
Do you have any tips to share. Please let us know.