January job file
Vegies to sow in January
We always think of cabbages and their relatives (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts etc) as winter vegies, but summer’s the season to start sowing these so they’ll be well established before the cold weather.
Sow seeds into pots or trays of Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix in late January.
Keep them in a lightly shaded spot and feed with half strength Thrive Soluble every week.
Plant out when the seedlings are big enough to easily handle, which should coincide with the soil being cooler.
Flowers to sow in January
Night-scented stock is not the prettiest of flowers. In fact, we recommend its grown in an out of the way part of the garden. But its shortcomings are forgiven when the plants come into bloom and begin to produce their sweet and powerful night perfume.
Sow Yates Night-Scented Stock direct where they are to grow by sprinkling the fine seeds onto well-prepared soil, lightly raking and gently watering. Barely cover the fine seeds and don’t let them dry out.
Feed in January
Roses can be cut back quite hard in January but this should always be followed by a good helping of fertiliser to encourage new growth.
The roses will then be back in full flower in time to create a great autumn display.
Prune in January
January is a critical month for deadheading, a violent-sounding term that simply means cutting off dead flowers on most summer-blooming plants as soon as they’re finished.
This encourages new growth and, in most cases, more flowers.