In January, fruit, vegetable and flower harvests are underway. With warmer weather, there is also a lot of weeding, watering and feeding to be done, especially in the vege garden.
What to plant
- Plant out leafy vegetables.
- Carefully remove laterals (side shoots) from tomatoes so that energy is concentrated into fruiting.
- Regularly apply liquid fertiliser (or worm tea) to tomatoes and other vegetables to prolong fruiting and encourage healthy growth.
- Watering thoroughly in dry periods is better than frequent light sprinklings. Evening is a good time to water.
- Continue to deadhead roses,
annuals and flowering perennials to encourage new growth and extend the flowering period.
What to harvest
- Summer harvests of beans, tomatoes, salad vegetables, potatoes, chillies, capsicums, eggplants, sweetcorn, cucumbers, courgettes etc.
- Cut flowers of perennials such as asters, penstemon, dahlia, late lilies, daisies and, of course, roses.
- Soft fruit, like raspberries and blueberries, may also now be ready for picking.
Shrubs & Perennials
- Make sure that any recently-planted shrubs, perennials and roses are kept well-watered through drier periods to ensure they establish.
- Remember to keep container plants well-watered.
- Check stakes and ties around trees to ensure they don’t start to rub or grow into the trunk.
- Keep grass away from the base of trees. Apply a thick layer of mulch around the base to help with moisture retention and suppress weeds.
- Water newly planted trees in dry periods to avoid stress.
- If a lawn has been sown or turf laid, it is important to make sure it is kept well-watered through the drier months.