January

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Preparing

Harvesting

 

 

  • Capsicums
  • Chillies
  • Corn (Once the tassels have degun to shrivel and die)
  • Courgettes (harvest regularly to encourage more growth)
  • Cucumbers (harvest regularly to encourage more growth)
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon (When the small tendril nearest the fruit has turned brown)

Planting

Herbs

  • Amaranth
  • Beans
  • Beetroot
  • Bok Choi
  • Burdock
  • Cabbage
  • Capsicums
  • Carrots
  • Chillies
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Courgette
  • Eggplant
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mustard Greens
  • Parsnip
  • Radish
  • Rocket
  • Salsify
  • Silverbeet
  • Sunflower
  • Swede
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnip

Transplant:

  • Courgette/Zucchini
  • Okra
  • Watermelon
Plant:

Maintenance:

  • Cut herbs back to encourage new growth
  • Pinch off tips of mature basil to stop flowers from forming
  • Divide fennel plants that are 3-4 years old.

Maintenance 

  • Check citrus for leaf miner
  • Cover/protect brassicas against white cabbage butterfly
  • Watch for heat stress on citrus and water well once a week
  • Remove bottom leaves of tall growing tomato varieties (Save the leaves for use as an Aphid Spray)
  • Remove side laterals on tomatoes
  • Water citrus – if leaves begin to roll inwards this is a sign of heat stress and inadequate watering
  • Spray or trap apple and pears for coddling moth
  • Check peaches for brownrot
  • Mulch to conserve moisture
  • Fruit trees can be pruned after fruiting. this helps to reduce their vegetative vigour which means they put more energy into fruit
  • Water rhubarb regularly – water at the base, not the leaves to prevent stem rot
  • Clear away decaying strawberry fruit and cut off diseased folage.  Keep well watered.
  • Give olive trees a feed of nitrogen rich fertiliser.  (aged chicken poop)
  • Protect strawberries from birds
  • Water and mulch passionfruit
  • Lift kumara foliage to prevent rooting where leaf nodes touch soil – putting plants energy into tubers not the foliage
  • Keep up regular feeding of vegetables and fruiting plants.
  • Protect young seedlings from strong midday and afternoon sun, for at least a few days after transplant, especially soft leafy plants such as lettuce.
  • Plant in the evenings if possible. Use shade cloth or try planting on the east or south of taller plants such as beans. Some plants may respond to the heat by ‘bolting’ to seed early especially spinach and coriander.