January In Your Garden
After a nice break we can slowly ease back into our ‘regular’ lives at home. With this comes the need to pick up from where we left off in the garden in December. January can be a difficult time in the veggie patch as it’s the peak of summer. To help ease your transition from holiday, here are some easy tips to keep your gardens productive this January.
- Continue sowing short season summer crops and seedlings like celery, leeks, broccoli, beets, beans and even some lettuce varieties like ‘Commander Lettuce’.
- You can also start preparing your beds for early winter seeds/seedlings.
- On the topic of beds - Mulch, Mulch & Mulch! See more info on mulching here
- Plant some herbs like basil, dill and parsley. It’s the last sowing month for Basil, so get some in the ground for year round pesto.
- Foliar spray with seaweed & side dress all fruiting veggies with potassium rich organic fertilisers.
- Continue tying tomatoes to their supports and winding gem squash & butternut up tripods.
- Pro-tip: Root some tomato cuttings for a sneaky second harvest before winter.
- Feed your Lemon Trees! An organic fertiliser will work wonders along with some generous watering & mulching.
- Pick strawberries as soon as you can to beat the miniature songololos.
- Watch for guava fruit forming. Begin fruit fly control alternating with bio-neem & pyrol every 2 weeks.
- Feed and water your berries well at least once a week. It is fruiting time (Dec - Feb) for certain blueberry varieties, be sure to pick them before the birds do and apply bird netting if you are not getting your share!
- Lastly, don't forget to be WATER RESILIENT
Here our some direct sowing options for January
- Runner & bush beans
Or, plant these Seedlings
- African wormwood
- Brussel sprouts
You could also consider planting some potatoes for a winter harvest in approximately 4 months (May).
And lastly remember to pull up any weeds before they go to seed and cause even more problems in your garden. They will steal water & nutrients from your veg.