Fragrant Daphne and Boronia are a welcome addition to any garden and can be planted now.
Feed spring flowering bulbs with Tui Bulb Food and liquid feed with Ican Fast Food as the leaves appear through the ground.
Tuberous begonias, dahlias, gladioli, canna lilies will all appear in store this month. Prepare soil well with compost and general garden fertiliser and plant out the tubers and corms towards the end of the month.
Sow seedlings of sweet pea, lobelia, pansies.
This is a good month to choose and plant camellias – they will be in flower making it easier to pick the colours you like. Buy on line.
Spring flowering trees can be planted now – flowering cherries, crab apples, and maples for their gorgeous spring foliage
The Edible Garden
Although we are in the middle of winter it’s time to be thinking about spring! First thing to consider is getting the ground ready. Except in very wet or boggy soils you can now start to turn over any patches of garden that have left un-planted. This is a good time to dig any green manure crops such as lupins and mustard. Add some lime to the soil at the same time. If you don’t have green manure crops, dig in a good quantity of organic compost. More on green crops.
In warmer areas start preparing potato tubers for planting. Spread seed potatoes in trays or boxes in a light sunny position and leave to sprout – 4-6 weeks. Once spouted rub off any small or weak sprouts before planting. More on potatoes.
A spray of Bravo or Champ DP Copper spray on winter crops such as cabbage, cauliflower and broad beans will help control any winter fungus diseases that may appear. More on sprays. or More on Organice sprays.