General Tidy up:
- Sweep up
- Start harvesting the excess crop
- Keep an eye out for vege/ fruit or herbs that aren’t growing well and pick them off
- Remove laterals off tomatoes
- Trim hedges
- Feed your passion fruit and grapevines
- Keep an eye out for powdery mildew
- Deadhead flowers
Vege and herb garden
January is harvesting time! You’ll probably notice an abundance of tomatoes and zucchini which also means it’s time to start preserving some of your hard work. Try our Tomato and zucchini relish. Keep harvesting your crops to encourage more to grow – especially with your courgettes and tomatoes.
While the weather is still warm keep on top of your watering. Don’t water your plants during the day, as the heat might burn your plants – rather water early morning or evening so your plants can soak it up over the day.
If you notice that your tomatoes aren’t ripening up, remove the lower leaves on your tomatoes 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.
Plant some flowering annuals such as alyssum, marigolds, lobelia, lupins and Californian poppies - for all year colour in your garden. Plant in hanging baskets and terracotta pots if you’re short on space.
Garden survival tips over the summer heat
As the summer heat rolls on try and keep on top of your watering, if water restrictions are already put in place try mulching your garden with bark, wool or newspaper to retain moisture. You can also put a bucket in your shower and catch any excess water to water your plants with.
Pests to look out for
Aphids and mealybugs are your enemies this season, for aphids try placing a yellow container with water by your plants, aphids are attracted to yellow you can also companion plant with marigolds, coriander, chives and dill.