Cool zone

What to do in the garden

January

January can start cool or come at a scorching pace, and this year is scorching! With the highest January temperatures achieved in almost 78 years in some areas, caring for your plants is pivotal. Apply Biochar to improve moisture retention and mulch. Water plants as often as required. Pot and hanging baskets will need soaking from time to time to ensure they are wet enough to cope with the hot dry conditions.

Sporadic rain is welcome, but cannot be relied upon. Water in the morning or at night, but never during the heat of the day.

Bees and other beneficial insects are very busy at the moment. Top up water dishes for birds and bees. Bees are happiest if they have a rock they can perch on while getting a cool drink.

Keep an eye out for caterpillars, butterflies and moths. Net crops or spray with Bacillus thuringiensis (BT). Stay on top of weeds to reduce available habitat for pests.

Harvest crops continuously to keep plants productive. Beans are prolific now. Blanch and freeze for use throughout the year. Stone fruits as well as early apples and pears are also ready to harvest. Look for ways to maximise your productivity with jams, jellies, sauces and preserved fruit.

Summer prune stone fruits to reduce vigour and improve harvest.  

Seeds to Sow Now

Seeds to sow this month if you live in areas like Tasmania, Bendigo, Ballarat, Canberra, Orange and Armidale or places that have less than 5 months a year with temperatures over 15°C

FOR A FULL LIST OF SEEDS TO SOW NOW CLICK HERE


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Beans, beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celtuce, chervil, chives, corn, kale, leek, lettuce, parsnip, peas, radish, silverbeet, spinach, spring onion, swede, turnip.

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Things to do in January

Summer pruning of fruit trees

Start to think about pruning fruit trees after you have harvested the fruit. Pruning at this time of year will restrict the growth of the tree, making it the ideal time to prune espaliered fruits. 

Give fruit trees a good, deep water

If it's been a dry summer, give your fruit trees a good, deep water once a week. This is better than a daily, light water than will only reach roots close to the surface. It will also prevent fruit from splitting. 

Fill up the bird baths

It is not just plants that need a drink over summer! Keep bird baths topped up to help the wildlife cool down. Birds will love having a splash around and it is delightful to watch. 

Vegie Garden Basics

Learn how to create a vegie garden from scratch with our Horticulutral Advisor Julie Willis.

This article includes location, soil, nutrients, what to grow, crop rotation and more. 

READ HERE>>

Vegetable Growing Tips

Starting a vegetable garden

- Choose an area that gets full sun and is not too far away from your house. The mid-winter dash to the vegie patch will be easier! 

- A good, healthy soil is the foundation to success so focus on improving the soil before you do any plantings. 

- Know what to sow, when to sow and how. Every vegetable seed has its own growing requirements. We offer a beautiful heirloom Seed Sowing Guide here and a 2018 Gardeners Diary with space for seed packets, garden plans and notes here.

How to sow seeds

How to summer prune stone fruit trees

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