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What to do in the garden

January

Welcome back from your Christmas break and to a wonderful and productive 2018! It's amazing how different the garden can look after a few days away.

Before the year gets away, its beneficial to set aside some quiet time for reflection, to think about the vegetable garden and what you would like to achieve, both in the longer term and over the next 12 months. Also have a think about what really worked well last year and is worth pursuing, and also about those let downs and disasters. Which new vegetables would you like to grow this year and which of those proven performers will you continue growing? This is a great activity on one of those really hot, muggy afternoons or during a summer storm.

The big priority of course, while you have some spare time, is getting back on top of the weeds and stopping them seeding. Southern gardeners simply have no idea how fast plants can grow during our warmer, wetter months. 

Arno King

Seeds to Sow Now

Seeds to sow now if you live in areas like BroomeDarwin and Townsville, or places where there are 47+ weeks a year or more with temperatures over 15°C and high summer rainfall.

FOR A FULL LIST OF SEEDS TO SOW NOW IN THE TROPICAL ZONE CLICK HERE

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Basil, capsicum, chilli, corn, eggplant, okra.

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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 sow chilli

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