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Planting Calendar

Friday, May 22, 2009

January in your garden

Sow or plant seedlings: Dwarf and climbing beans, beetroot, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, corn salad, cucumber, florence fennel, parsley, kale, leek, lettuce, zucchini.

Warmer areas: Turnip, tomatoes and zucchini (needs at least 180 days before first frost to ripen)

Cooler areas: Sow or plant silver beet, swede and sweet corn.

There are lots of fruit and vegetables ripening this month, so the most of the work will entail harvesting, drying, curing, and preserving for winter. If you're planting any winter crops make sure to plant in a site that is free-draining, sheltered from the oldest winter winds and in a position that will get max winter sun.

In warmer climates, continue sowing annual and perennial flowers, which may have started in mid-December. In coller climates, keep trimming back old rose heads to keep the plants in steady development. Keep lightly trimming lawns often. Don't cut them too short at this time of the year.

Garlic, onions, and main crop potatoes. Plants which have been left for seed should be ripening so may be ready for seed harvesting. Check moon calendars for favourable harvesting days.

For more of what to plant in your climatic zone, click here

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