January Growers' Guide
The citrus are beginning to flower and fruit.
Their smell punching the air as you brush past them.
The excess tomatoes are making their way into kitchen pots and preserves.
The days are beginning to become noticeably shorter again, prompting one to think about plans for the colder season ahead.
Forget me not
Tulsi - Holy Basil
Add some calcium to your soil if you experienced blossom end rot last year
Check root stock growth and remove it from grafted trees
Check on your fruit fly traps and refresh as necessary
Regularly check whether your fruit has ripened and pick before it falls
Water regularly and deeply
Prune watershoots - which are branches growing vertically from a horizontal lateral branch
Thin your fruit so there is air circulation between the fruit
Plant citrus trees
Plant avocado trees
Decide which deciduous trees you want to plant this winter and order them from your nursery of preference
Soil, Compost & General
Time to do lots of weeding, if that is your thing
Actively check for pests, especially the brassica white moth
Actively check for bronze orange bugs in citrus trees and remove using gloves and eye protection
Mulch, mulch, mulch
Cover your worm farm with a wet hessian blanket to keep them happy in the heat OR
Transplant evergreen shrubs
Water early in the morning and/or late at night
Use your seaweed fertilizer or other fertilizer of choice to keep plants healthy
Check on your pot plants so their roots do not bake in the warmth of the sunshine
Compost, compost, compost
Tools & Equipment
Check and maintain your fruit fly traps
Clean and sharpen secateurs and saws for fruit tree pruning
Ensure your irrigation systems are set for the holiday season
Setup and maintain nets for trees and vegetables
Check your compost thermometer is in good working order
Check and maintain your sprayers
Cabbage Moth decoys: Print out these images and trace onto white plastic, place on sticks in the garden.
Garlic and Chilli spray:
8-10 chillies finely sliced
4 cloves garlic crushed and cut roughly
1 Tablespoon soap flakes
1 Litre boiling water
Combine in a glass jar and set aside for 24 hours. Strain and pour into a spray bottle.
Use within 2 weeks
Seed Saving & Harvesting
cucumbers, zucchini, beetroot, carrots, pumpkins, watermelons, beans, berries, lettuce, silverbeet, apples, stone fruit and citrus fruit as they ripen, spring onions, rhubarb, mustards, spinach, asparagus, squashes, tomatoes, herbs
Peas and snow peas, rocket, radishes, broccoli, silverbeet, coriander, chilli, tomato, dill, fennel
Seed from apples, pears, quinces, stonefruit
UPDATE: We have started work on updating our seed saving page.