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For the month of January....


  • Finalise planting of fruit trees, shade trees, bamboo and foliage plants to capitalise on wet season rains.  Feed lightly and mulch well over the coming months.

Prepare and Provide

  • Maintain fertiliser and water to minimise fruit splitting.
  • Fertilise needy plants with small doses of organic fertiliser to counteract leaching from heavy rain.
  • Stop potted plants drowning by covering shadehouses with plastic during the wettest times.
  • If rest vege beds over the wet season, plant a green manure crop to be turned into the soil to increase soil fertility.  Plant a crop like millet or sorghum into a well prepared bed.


  • Use milk spray to control powdery mildew.  Combine one part milk to five parts water and saturate entire leaves once a week.


  • Cut off citrus branches hanging lower than one metre off the ground to stop the spread of brown rot disease.


  • Lift and divide cardamom.
  • Lift up and replant gingers from soggy ground.  Fertilise with seaweed.

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