January

January is often a very cold month and your garden will look a little sparse and empty. It is the best time of the gardening calendar to sit back and make plans for the forthcoming year.

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  • Take advantage of any dry days to clear away any debris and do a little essential garden maintenance.
  • Now is also the time to get in the greenhouse and make a start on the sowing.
  • Root cuttings can be taken from perennials.
  • Keep an eye on newly planted roses and shrubs.
  • Feed the birds – our feathered friends need lots of food and water this time of year.
  • Lawns can be aerated taking care not to stand on waterlogged areas.
  • Plants in pots and containers need to be protected from frost and check regularly if they need watering.
  • Established trees can be fed with garden fertiliser in late January.
  • Apples, pears, gooseberries and currant bushes & trees can be pruned.
  • Chit early potatoes.
  • Start planning next years vegetable garden.
  • Brush snow from evergreens as soon as possible after a storm. Use a broom in an upward, sweeping motion. Serious damage may be caused by heavy snow or ice accumulating on the branches.
  • Cover beds with polythene or cloches to warm the soil ready for sowing.