January Hints & Tips



January Hints & Tips

Moving Perennials:  watsonias

Some perinnials, such as agapanthus and watsonias, sulk a little if they are moved.  The answer to this may be the following…. After the clump has flowered, gently dig around it and cut through the young outer growth (agapanthus) or outer corms (watsonias) and plant it into good rich soil.  The main clump remains undistrubed and should bloom again the following season.


It is wise to change fungicide brands on a regular basis, and not use the same one throughout the sea.


  • Celery will be growing well.  Beg all the wine bottle sleeves you van, and place them around the celery, to blanch it. 
  • Blights and mildew can attack vegetables and a good fungicide should be used.



Lawns should not be cut too short on hot days, as this will expose the roots to the sun which will burn them.  If you have enough water, give the lawn a dressing of 2:3:2 or, for almost instant greening, LAN, and water extremely well.  Slow-release nitrogen fertilizer will not have to be watered immediately.


  • Make sure there is no mulch near the main stem and give each plant a dessertspoon of 5:1:5 followed by a thorough drenching. This will help new lush foliage to develop.
  • Take out any weak and spindly growth in the centre of the bush, and any growth which interferes with good air circulation.
  • Ensure a good layer of mulch,  and water as much as possible.  Provided there is good drainage, roses can take an enormous amount of watering.Apple-trees-sm



  • The main stems of citrus trees will need to be protected from the sum with hessian.
  • Pick up every fruit as it falls and bury it to keep away insect pests.
  • Deciduous fruit trees can be given a summer trim by taking away any weak or straggling growth.
  • Place a bag or sack around bunches of bananas to keep birds and bats away.








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