January is a time for fresh starts, renewed energy, and grand plans for the twelve months ahead.
Jobs in the garden this month are mostly about keeping things trim and tidy, and getting ready for the year to come. If you’re itching to get growing, there are a few things you can do besides the obvious planting bare root roses, chitting first early potatoes and starting off your sweet peas.
January might be the middle of winter but as the days lengthen, the garden starts to grow. Now is a great time to plan for the coming gardening year and to order seeds and plants. Enjoy the fresh air on dry sunny days, and check your winter protection: stakes, ties and supports are still doing their job after any severe weather.
Put out food for birds and leave some garden areas uncut a little longer to provide shelter for wildlife in your garden.
Now is a good time to plant roses, but avoid areas where roses were previously grown as this can lead to problems with replant diseases.
Top 10 jobs for this month:
- Shred your Christmas tree and add it to compost bins. Alternatively, the stripped down branches make great pea sticks.
- Clean pots and greenhouses ready for spring
- Dig over any vacant plots that have not been dug already
- Prune apple and pear trees
- Start forcing rhubarb crowns
- Plan your vegetable crop rotations for the coming season
- Keep putting out food and water for hungry birds
- Rake up any winter debris and leaves off your borders to keep them tidy
- Remove weeds from around the bases of young trees
- Remove slimy patches from patios and paving– scrub with a broom or blast with a pressure washer.