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What to grow in January

Unsure what to grow in January?

New Year and looking to spend some quality time with your garden? This is a great time to get out into the garden and give some serious TLC. Here’s what to plant this month that will encourage your garden to flourish in the sunshine of Summer

Grow in January -Sunflower, Pumpkins, Cucumber

But, you find yourself asking “What to plant now?”

We have made it easy for you by listing seeds to sow this month so you can get the best out of your garden.

How can I find what to plant now based on where I live in Australia?

What to plant in January is split by the different Australian climate zones

What Seeds to Plant Now?

Check out our regional zone planting guide. Find which zone you are in on the map.

Tropical (North Qld, NT & WA)

HERBS, FRUIT & VEGETABLES:Basil, capsicum, chilli, cucumber, eggplant, okra, sweetcorn, sweet potato and tomato.

FLOWERS: Ageratum, amaranthus, aster, bedding begonia, celosia, coleus, globe amaranth, impatiens, marigold, salvia, sunflower, torenia

Subtropical (South-east Qld & Northern NSW)

HERBS, FRUIT & VEGETABLES: Basil, capsicum, cauliflower, chilli, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, melon, okra, pumpkin, radish, sweetcorn, tomato and zucchini.

FLOWERS: Ageratum, amaranthus, aster, bedding begonia, celosia, coleus, dahlia, gerbera, globe amaranth, impatiens, marigold, nasturtium, salvia, stock, sunflower, torenia

Arid / Semi-Arid (Outback & dry inland areas)

HERBS, FRUIT & VEGETABLES: Basil, beans (french and climbing), capsicum, cucumber, eggplant, leek, lettuce, melon, okra, pumpkin, radish, sweetcorn, tomato and zucchini.

FLOWERS: Carnation, cosmos, gypsophila, hollyhock, marigold, portulaca, salvia, stock, sweet william, wallflower

Warm Temperate (Sydney, coastal NSW & Victoria, Adelaide and Perth)

HERBS, FRUIT & VEGETABLES: Asian greens, basil, beans (french and climbing), beetroot, brussels sprouts, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, chilli, chives, cucumber, eggplant, kale, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, melon, okra, parsnip, pumpkin, radish, silverbeet, spring onion, squash, swede, sweetcorn, tomato, turnip and zucchini.

FLOWERS: Ageratum, amaranthus, alyssum, aster, bedding begonia, carnation, celosia, coleus, cosmos, dahlia, forget-me-not, gerbera, globe amaranth, gypsophila, hollyhock, impatiens, marigold, nasturtium, pansy, portulaca, salvia, stock, sunflower, sweet william, torenia, viola, wallflower

Cold Temperate (Melbourne & cool highlands)

HERBS, FRUIT & VEGETABLES: Asian greens, basil, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, chives, kale, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, parsnip, pumpkin, radish, silverbeet, spring onion, squash, swede, turnip and zucchini.

FLOWERS: Ageratum, alyssum, carnation, forget-me-not, gerbera, gypsophila, hollyhock, pansy, portulaca, stock, sunflower, sweet william, viola, wallflower

Jobs to do in January

Water & feed celery to prevent celery stalks from drying out and not worth eating by checking your plants every couple of days. Give them a good water – even soaking the soil around the roots to encourage crisp and delicious celery stalks. Apply a SeaSol Seaweed Concentrate fertiliser every 10 days to encourage rapid healthy growth.

Remove strawberry runners – towards the end of the fruiting season, strawberries grow a lot of runners that will quickly take over the garden. Wait for them to grow a few leaves and then pot them up, ready to plant next season.

Prune peaches and nectarines after you have harvested the fruit.  Sharpen and sterilise your secateurs / loppers and remove any dead or diseased wood . Cut out any growth crossing the centre of the tree to keep the canopy open

If your plants are thriving, so are the pests!  We have a wide range of organic pest control so you can protect your patch.  See our How to Get Rid of Snails and Slugs for more ideas.

Check the seed packet to know the proper depth to plant the seeds. To speed up the process, you can use a dibber or if you have a large area to cover the Wolf-Garten Seed Sower.  Give them a good watering

Consider a green manure crop to revive an overworked patch in the garden. We have a Guide to Green Manure to help you get going.

Fertilise! To know what the fertilise and when, check out our Guide to Fertilising in Summer.