January is harvesting time! Get out into the garden and start picking your tomatoes, courgettes and digging your potatoes.
While the weather is still warm keep on top of your watering. Don’t water your plants during the day, as the heat may lead to your plants getting sunburnt. It’s best to water in the morning or early evening.
Remove the lower leaves on your tomatoes to allow the sun to ripen up the fruit. But be careful not to pick off too many leaves and expose your tomatoes to full sun, as this can cause them to split.
Keep an eye out for powdery mildew on your courgettes. It appears often in humid conditions, as a white powder on the foliage. Cut the infected leaves off and burn them. To prevent it from coming back, make your own fungicide with by mixing baking soda and soap or just simply use some soapy water. Spray your fungicide on the infected areas, you can prevent powdery mildew by doing the following:
- Make sure that there is enough space between your plants to increase airflow
- Plant in an area that gets enough light but not too much shade
- Don’t over fertilise your plants
Plant your second round of summer vege like broccolini, purple carrot, the last of your chillies and beetroot. Keep up with your leafy greens and plant basil, lettuce and coriander so that you have a continuous supply for summer. You can also start mulching your garden and getting it ready for your autumn vege garden.
Keep harvesting your crops to encourage more to grow – especially with your courgettes and tomatoes. If you have an abundance of vege, herbs or flowers trade with your neighbours. It’s a great way to add a bit of variety to your summer salads and meals.
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