This is my personal growing calendar for Perth conditions during the month of January. I will talk about local conditions, what worked as expected and what didn’t.  🙂 🙂

Perth Generally


With an average maximum temperature of 31.5 degrees Celsius and the lowest average rainfall of the year, January is hot and dry. Very challenging conditions considering the fierce sun and watering restrictions.

I Plant:

Very little that is not in shade.

I’ll Harvest:

Greens, chilis and citrus.


Spray with Dipel and pyrethrum. Add more wetta-soil to areas experiencing run off and where you want plants to put down deeper roots. Add nitrogen and potassium to fruiting plants. Sparing add the same to your lawn.

Give herb gardens a good trim.

I Don’t:

Plant roses or citrus.


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A strange Jan. Most rainfall recorded in 20 years. Chilis are all going gangbusters. Tomatoes gave a steady crop although cherry tomatoes less than larger varieties like Romas etc.

My lime and lemon tree are starting to heavily fruit. I gave each a small bag of dynamic lifter and watered in well. I even got my first ripe curry leaf tree berries. They went from green to deep red as the month progressed

I spit and replanted galangal successfully for the first time. I transplanted a potted Pepino successfully and a cutting survived too for the first time.

Dipel was very good at killing caterpillars though I noticed a natural decline in cabbage moths versus last December. Pyrethrum was sprayed once as a preventable. I saw very little in the way of aphids but worried for my super-hot chilis.

I experimented bagging my strawberries with success.


The Herb Garden
The upper vege patch.
Nursery seedlings (that caught the eye):
  • Artichokes, avocado
  • Basil, bay, beetroot
  • Chili peppers (jalapeno, thai)
  • Celery, chives, chinese chives (leek flower), climbing spinach corn, cucumber
  • Gotu kola
  • Hyssop
  • Kale
  • Lemons, lettuce
  • Mint, mizuna, melons (water, rock)
  • Nasturtium
  • Onions
  • Pumpkin
  • Santolina (similar to chamomile), steva, sweet potato
  • Rhubarb
  • Rocket , rosemary
  • Sage, silverbeet
  • Tomatoes (wide variety)
  • Verbena
  • Wormwood