January In The Garden

 

So, 2020 is now past and we all look forward to what 2021 may have in order for us, I truly hope we never have another one like last year again! The good news the days are slowly creeping out and you will gain about a minute extra sunlight every day. It is also when most start planning for the year ahead, make a few resolutions that we may or may not keep! This year I need to start all over again with a new garden and allotment to create, although for the first time they will both be in the same place so quite exciting for me. In the garden depending on the weather it’s a quieter time of year there are a few jobs that can be done, Roses can be given a good cutback removing and dead or diseased branches and Apple and Pear trees can have their annual cut back or shaping while their dormant, although any bigger cuts should be sealed with cut paint. Ornamental grasses can also be given a cut back and tidy up so the new growth has a chance to push on and show when the weather warms up. If your quick you can still get some spring and summer bulbs in the pots and ground ready for the first flushes of colour. And don’t forget to keep those bird feeders topped up and some fresh water in the bird baths it’s a critical time of year for them, winters only just started.

Jobs to Do

 

  • Start pruning the Apple and Pear trees
  • Remove any dead and yellowing leaves from your Brassicas
  • Start that orchard and get planting your fruit trees
  • Cut back your Wisteria to 2-3 buds from the main stems
  • Mulch up the beds and borders so the roots get a good feed
  • Lift and split any perennials if cold enough
  • Lift and split Rhubarb crowns to re plant and rejuvenate them
  • Get planting your soft fruit bushes and canes
  • Chit your first early potatoes anywhere bright and frost free is good
  • Get out the seed catalogues and get ordering

Down the Plot

 

By now jack frost should have visited and this is good for your Brussels sprouts (cold and frost improves the taste and firms them up so they don’t go as soggy when cooked!) but not so good for gardener’s toes and fingers. It is also a good time to put some compost on your Veg beds and let the frosts break it all down, ready to be dug in before the new seasons sowing and gives the worms a chance to do their work. Parsnips will be at their best too after a dusting of frost. Keep an eye on the brassicas and remove any yellowing and fallen leaves as pests and disease can easily hide in them and take hold. Leeks will be about ready as well and if your partial to some early peas get out the cloches or fleece and get them on the ground to gently warm up the soil a few degrees ready for some early sowings in a few weeks. You can start chitting you early potatoes on a window sill or a sunny cool greenhouse again ready for planting in a few weeks. If you didn’t get your Garlics in last autumn, you can do them towards the end of Jan early Feb. Maybe the most important job for me is ordering my new seeds I may need and planning where it’s all going to go so I can prepare beds accordingly.

That’s all for now and remember enjoy your garden

Dan

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