Jobs to do in your garden in January
The weather is still bitterly cold in most places, which might put a lot of people off from getting out in the garden and doing jobs, but there’s plenty that can be done at this time of year. Now is a great time to beginning planning for the year ahead in your garden. Keep an eye on any winter protection you have made for any plants, check that ties and stakes are still in place and that plants are still sheltered from the elements.
Make use of your cut Christmas tree
One easy way in which your old Christmas tree can still be made useful is to simply put it in your garden in a bare spot, still in the stand to provide some much needed shelter birds.
If your garden has plenty of bushes already providing protection for birds, it may be more useful to lay your old tree down on the ground to shelter other animals such as rabbits etc.
Long branches can be used to provide some protection to perennials that may be killed off by frost. Prune long branches from your tree and lay them on top of your plants.
Start the New Year with a new compost pile. A layer of thin branches makes the best base for a new compost pile, trim down twigs from your Christmas tree and pile them into the bottom of your compost bin, then continue to add kitchen and garden waste as usual.
It may be chilly, but now is a great time to clean out your greenhouse and plant pots if you’re willing to brave the cold. Giving your greenhouse a good clean, can really increase the amount of light that reaches your plants. Growing, in a clean and tidy environment also decreases the chances of pests and diseases.
If you have any fruit or vegetable plants in storage, remember to check them and remove any that are diseased.
During the colder months wildlife appreciate a helping hand, in the form of shelter, food and water. Many people feed garden birds all year round but during winter it can help them to survive. Attracting birds to your garden is not only great for seeing wildlife at close quarters, but birds will also eat many pests in your garden.
Fat blocks in wire cages are a great way to help feed birds this winter, along with a mix of grain and nuts to provide a balanced diet.
A small shallow dish placed on the ground, on milder days when it will not freeze will be helpful to other garden wildlife.
Bug hotels in a sheltered spot can be great to provide a winter home for insects and bugs such as overwintering ladybirds.