Despite the cold weather and dark evenings, it’s important you don’t neglect your garden in the winter months. Here are some jobs you can be doing in your garden this month to get ready for spring.
- General garden maintenance
January is a time for cleaning and general garden maintenance all in preparation for the arrival of spring. These might not be the most exciting tasks, but they are essential for a thriving garden in the summer months.
Clean out your greenhouse or shed ensuring you remove any dead plants. This will help to uncover the hiding places of slugs and snails, and will reduce their numbers in the summer. You could also wash down your greenhouse roof, which will enable more light to be let in.
Give your garden tools a bit of TLC. Sharpen and clean the blades on your garden tools, and oil if necessary, ready for use in spring. If any of your garden tools have been damaged while in storage, now’s a great time to think about replacing them.
Similarly, give your lawn-mower an MOT, clean off any old, dry grass, and start it up just to check all is in good order.
- Order seeds
January isn’t really a month of much sowing and growing. However, you can order in your seeds and plants for the year ahead.
But if you really cannot wait to plant seeds in your garden, things you can try planting this month include broad beans, garlic, mushrooms, lettuce, sweet peas, dahlias, delphinium, and begonias.
- Prune your apple and pear trees
January is a good time to prune your apple and pear trees due to the lack of leaves, meaning you can see clearly what you’re doing. It also needs to be completed before the first signs of spring arrive.
Pruning helps to rejuvenate trees, and establish a good shape, particularly when they’re in their formative stages.
The best way to prune your apple and pear trees is to first remove any damaged or diseased wood, and then reduce the longer branches by a third. The aim is to create an open goblet shape in the centre and to have no branches crossing.
Our Prunemaster Pruning Saw will make this an easy job and help you to get a great shape.
- Plant bare-root roses
Bare-root roses need to be planted before growth resumes in spring. January is a better time than the earlier winter months as they shouldn’t be planted when the ground is frozen.
Planting roses during the dormant season also allows them to be established quickly, as it is when the soil is moist.
- Get your vegetable plot organised
It’s a good idea to plan out a rotation system for your vegetable plot to ensure the same crops aren’t being grown in the same beds every year. The rotation helps to prevent disease build-up. Make sure to mark out the plots on the ground so you will know later on in the year where to plant each crop.
Vegetables should be grouped together in plots according to their type. For example, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, radish, swede and turnips should be planted together in their own section as they are brassicas.
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