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What to do this month

January is a great month for relaxing and enjoying the good things of life. The garden is filled with bright summer colours and cool shady spots to enjoy a cool drink and soak up the beauty of nature. There is lots to love about the 'Harmony' of the summer garden.
 
Applying Saturaid to your garden beds and lawn to increase water effectiveness by up to 50%. This can be a great way to save on the water bill, or make efficient use of the natural resource of summer rains.
 

The veggie patch is in full production with an abundant harvest of fresh and healthy food for our summer feasting. Now is the time to plant french and climbing beans, beetroot, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrot, chinese veggies, capsicum, chilli, cauliflower, celery, cress, cucumber, eggplant (advanced seedling best), kale, leek, lettuce, spring onion, parsley, parsnip, pumpkin, radish, swede, silverbeet, turnip & sweet corn. 

If your earlier plantings of dearly loved tomatoes are starting to show the fruits of your labour, now is the time to get cracking with a fertiliser enriched with potassium sulphate to ensure plentiful crops.

Both sweetcorn and tomatoes are likely to be looking top heavy, so (if you haven't already) make sure you have adequate support for your plants and consider the benefit of an application of pea straw or sugar cane mulch to maintain ideal growth conditions.

 
The Flower Garden
Plant pots, containers and hanging baskets should be planted now. There are great plants available such as geraniums, cape daisies, impatiens, petunias, and calibrochoa that will reward with bright, colourful summer displays. Always use a premium quality potting mix.
Water pots and hanging baskets regularly. Feed weekly with a liquid food such as Powerfeed or Maxicrop, or a soluble plant food such as Bloom Booster or Flourish.
Plant annual summer flowers such as alyssum, celosia, cosmos, gerbera, impatiens, lobelia, nasturtium, marigold, petunias, phlox, portulaca and zinnias.
Roses are looking fantastic. Fertilise with a formulated rose food and watch out for aphids and thrips.
New season’s Hydrangeas are beginning to flower and are excellent spring/summer colour for pots and those shady parts of the garden or entertainment areas where we spend our summer days.
 
  • Raise lawn mower blades and control Bindii weed in the lawn with Bindii & Clover killer
  • Prune Citrus trees to remove any dieback and spray with Pest Oil
  • Holes in your pear or cherry leaves? Treat pear and cherry slug with Yates success naturalyte insecticide.
  • Prune roses to encourage a second flush control disease with Yates rose shield
  • Trim natives as they finish flowering
  • Control cabbage white butterfly with derris dust or Yates succes
  • Mulch garden beds with Sugar cane or mushroom compost

Did you know?

Pear slugs are not true slugs. They are a type of insect known as sawflies. Pear slug larvae may reach 1/2 inch. They tend to lighten in color as they grow older. Pear slugs can be confused with common garden slugs, but they are really insects. They develop into small, dark, nonstinging wasps (sawflies) that are rarely noticed.

Pear and cherry slug is now attacking cherry, cotoneaster, plum, apricot, pear, hawthorn and mountain ash. Control is effective with a low toxic solution "Yates Success". Pear slugs feed on leaves and become full-grown in approximately three weeks. Pear slug larvae feed on the upper leaf surface, they avoid the larger leaf veins and rarely penetrate the lower leaf surface. The result is leaves that have a "skeletonized" characteristic appearance. Chewed areas of the leaf turn brown and when heavily damaged, the entire leaf falls prematurely. Be aware that "Yates Success" will control the slugs, however they often return in Autumn so be ready! Pear slugs can also be controlled by throwing lime or saw dust over the effective trees, this soaks up their mucus and works by drying the slugs out.