• Aimee.Dillon

Better late than never... January Gardening Check List

Sorry I missed it but I was out in my own garden, enjoying my summer holidays and neglected to keep you up to date with what to do with your garden. Here it is at least for your references and because the OCD within me won't let me post February checklist without put this one up first.

In January it is time to reap the rewards of your efforts as you enjoy harvesting fruit and vegetables, picking flowers or just enjoying the abundance of colour and growth of all of your plants.

Flower Garden

  • Keep picking flowers and 'dead heading' spent or drying flowers to encourage new blooms on all flowering plants.

  • First summer flowering bulbs like gladioli will be ready to flower. Check these plants and their flower heads for disease and spray with Yates insect and mite spray if required.

  • Summer flowering annual and perennial plants can still be planted in gardens and pots, but will need to be watered regularly until established.

  • Weed, mulch, liquid feed and slug bait regularly to keep the flower garden healthy and productive.


  • This is the best time to enjoy these beautiful blooms, especially in a vase.

  • 'Dead head' rose bushes regularly to encourage more blooms. Water regularly and deeply to keep your roses in top condition.

  • Keep vigilant for pest and disease, especially on the new growth and flower buds.

  • Regularly spraying with a combination fungicide/ insecticide is recommended at this time.

  • Remove any dead wood or badly affected growth to lower the risk of spreading unwanted problems.

Edible Garden

  • Harvest summer vege crops of tomato, lettuce, cucumber, courgette, eggplant, new potatoes, onion, garlic, beans, peas, lettuces, radish, silverbeet, spring onions etc.

  • Pick veges everyday to encourage continuous fruiting - especially peas, beans, eggplant, cucumber and courgettes.

  • Plant new lettuce and herbs regularly to ensure consistent harvesting.

  • Pick your sweet corn cobs when the end tassels have begun to dry brown.

  • Don't forget to remove new side shoot laterals from tomato plants and tie the main stem to the stake regularly. Removing old bottom leaves will help air circulation and reduce the risk of fungal diseases.

  • Early pip and stone fruit will be ready to harvest from orchard trees as well as your summer fruiting berries. Protect your crops from pests and disease with netting.

  • Weed, mulch, liquid feed and slug bait regularly to keep your patch in top shape.

Watering etc.

  • Water regularly and deeply during the month to keep the garden healthy and vibrant.

  • Arrange help from a neighbor, friend or family member to water your garden while you are on holiday, or consider a programmable water timer.

  • Mulching around your plants can reduce the need to water, keep roots cooler and even conserve up to 70% of the available water.

  • Weeds grow as fast as fast as plants do at this time and compete for valuable moisture so pull or hoe them out before mulching for best results.

  • Consider using wetting agents like Saturaid to help get that precious moisture deep down to the root zone.

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