January is the time to plant :

– Asparagus seedlings
– Basil seeds
– Beans – Dwarf/Bush/French seeds
– Beans – Pole/Runner seeds
– Broccoli seeds
– Brussels Sprouts seeds
– Cabbage seeds
– Carrot seeds
– Cauliflower seeds
– Chilli/Hot Peppers seeds
– Chives seeds
– Coriander seeds
– Dill seeds
– Eggplant seedlings
– French Tarragon seeds
– Globe Artichoke seedlings
– Kohlrabi seeds
– Leek seeds
– Lemon Balm seeds
– Lettuce seeds
– Mint seeds
– Mustard Greens seeds
– Okra seeds
– Onion seeds
– Oregano seeds
– Parsley seeds
– Potatoes
– Rocket seeds
– Rosemary seedlings
– Sage seedlings
– Spring Onion seeds
– Strawberry seedlings
– Strawberry plants
– Summer Savoury seedlings
– Sunflower seeds
– Sweet Marjorum seeds
– Tomatillo seedlings
– Watermelon seeds
– Zucchini/Courgette seeds

Top up with more mulch making sure to prioritise tomatoes and leaf crops. Give an application of liquid fertiliser like compost/bokashi bin/worm tea diluted with water especially to tomatoes, egg plants and peppers. Don’t cultivate unnecessarily between rows during dry weather.

Be on the look out for Papilio demodocus also known as Citrus Swallowtail on young citrus trees. One larvae, also known as an orange dog, can eat quite a few leaves and leave your tree quite bare. They are well camouflaged and look like bird droppings to the untrained eye. We found larvae on our orange tree in the night and finally solved the mystery as to how the citrus trees kept losing all their leaves.


They make beautiful butterflies with a large wingspan of 85mm. They are black, banded, spotted and speckled with yellow hind wings each with two black, blue and orange eyespots.

References:
www.organic seeds.co.za
The A – Z of Vegetable Gardening in South Africa by Jack Hadfieldhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papilio_demodocus
Field guide To Insects of South Africa by Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths and Alan Weaving, 2004.

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Written by Aimee Hoppe
Activist for freedom of all earthlings and preservation of planet earth. Writing for positive change to empower through education so all earthlings can live harmoniously and freely. Supplier of some eco alternatives to mainstream unethical products.