January Gardening Guide

Theme for the month

Use Kiwi Garden all-purpose potting mix when planting up or repotting outdoor containers and remember to give newly planted containers a good soaking after planting.

Keep fresh, tender herb foliage coming on by snipping young growth and enjoying these delectable flavours in summer salads and salsas.

Turn your compost heap regularly to encourage micro-organisms, which break down the compost. Add a handful of Lime and if it is dry, add water to keep it moist.

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General

Feed your hanging baskets, container plants and patio planters with Kiwi Garden Slow Release Fertiliser – the best way to ensure nutrient is not leached out through regular summer watering.

Liquid feed plants so they continue to flower and grow actively. This will also help to develop a strong root structure that will help plants survive the rigours of summer heat.

When planting or replanting outdoor container plants, thoroughly soak terracotta or ceramic pots. Soaking will ensure that moisture is held in the pot walls, and when watering your planted container for the first time, the water will go directly to the plant’s roots. To help conserve water, ensure that you have the pot sitting on a saucer.

Use Kiwi Potting Mix when planting up or repotting outdoor containers and remember to give newly planted containers a good soaking after planting.

Keep on top of weeds, by hand pulling or spraying them, before they set seed and spread even further! Remember, one year’s seed equals seven years of weeds!

Watch for insect pests and disease on your plants. Spray immediately with an appropriate insecticide or fungicide should any appear.

With increased watering of plants during the warm season, slugs and snails will be about in abundance. Sprinkle Kiwi Garden Slug and Snail Bait around vegetable garden areas and any damp areas of the garden, especially where fleshy foliage plants are growing.

Give the lawn a deep soaking, then feed with Kiwi Garden Lawn Fertiliser. Developing a strong root system will help lawn grasses stay green and grow vigorously, making it hard for weeds to establish.

Installing a simple irrigation system, such as our Kiwi Garden Irrigation Starter Set, this will help to ensure plants are kept well watered over the dry season and save you time!

Edible Garden

Check out our range of seasonal Growfresh vege seedlings in stores. Fresh plants are arriving weekly.

Sow or plant seedlings of dwarf and climbing beans, beetroot, pak choi, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, corn, parsley, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsnip, spinach, silver beet, swedes and turnips.

Sow regular batches of radishes and salad greens (lettuces, mesclun, endives, rocket, mizuna, mibuna, baby kale and baby spinach) to keep them coming on for late summer and autumn harvest.

Give vege gardens regular and deep soakings to keep plants growing consistently – a check in growth can cause bitterness and deformity in the development of plants and fruit.

Mulch long-serving summer vegetables with Kiwi Garden Compost Plus to help retain moisture. Where possible, move veges growing in pots out of the midday sun.

Dust cabbage, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins, cucumbers and bean plants with McGregor’s Derris Dust.

Dig early potatoes once flowering has finished. Keep mounding up mid and late cropping potatoes to encourage more root development and a higher yield. Leave mid and main crop potatoes in the ground until plants die back later on in autumn.

For the most flavoursome tomatoes, leave fruit on the vine until they are fully sun-ripened. Don’t store in the fridge, as this will diminish natural sugars and consequently, the full flavour.

Keep removing laterals from tomato plants and tie new growth to supporting stakes. This will protect plants from wind and help support the weight of the tomatoes. Feed with Kiwi Garden Tomato Liquid Fertiliser – feed a little, but often.

Harvest beetroot after 10-12 weeks - it will go sour if left in the garden too long.

Continue to water and liquid feed strawberries regularly until the end of the month. Keep bird netting over the crop to protect fruit from birds.

Flower Garden

Check out our range of seasonal Growflora flower seedlings in stores. Fresh plants are arriving weekly. Try our super colour 4 packs for more advanced flowering plants to give instant colour to patio pots and gardens.

Lift and divide daffodils, tulips and other spring bulbs. Replant them in the garden or in pots and containers using Dalton’s Premium Bulb Mix.

Sow seeds of cineraria, pansy, polyanthus, primula and viola in trays filled with Kiwi Garden Seed Raising Mix – these will be ready to plant out in autumn for winter and early spring colour.

Use Kiwi Garden Sheep Pellets to feed flowering annuals and perennials. Sprinkle a handful of pellets at the base of each plant and allow the nutrients to feed plants each time you water.

Turn your compost heap regularly to encourage micro-organisms, which break down the compost. Add a handful of Lime and if it is dry, add water to keep it moist.

Deadhead roses regularly to promote new flowers for autumn. Water in the morning, as evening watering can encourage disease problems. Feed a little and often, until the end of February, to promote a good flush of autumn flowers.