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“January brings the snow” goes the poem but hopefully it won’t this year. Long nights and short cold days mean that gardening is not a priority for most people, but January is the ideal time to plan how your garden is going to look this year.

Jobs around the Garden…

  • January is the time to prune fruit trees/bushes.
  • Get a head start with potatoes by “chitting” them now.
  • Cover areas in the vegetable patch with cloches to warm the soil for early sowings.
  • Sow early vegetables, and flower seeds which can be kept indoors.
  • Dead head flowering plants in your containers to prolong the show.
  • Now is the time to force rhubarb. Select a root and mulch with garden compost, cover with a bucket or a special rhubarb forcer.
  • Established trees can be fed with Growmore.

Flowers to sow…

You don’t need a greenhouse to start these seeds, a bright windowsill will suffice.

  • Antirrhinum
  • Begonia
  • Dianthus
  • Gazania
  • Geranium
  • Lobelia
  • Pansies
  • Sweet Pea

Vegetables to grow…

For an early start in the vegetable garden sow:

  • Broad Beans (Aquadulce Claudia)
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Onions (Ailsa Craig)
  • Salad Leaves
  • Spinach

Wildlife Gardening in January…

  • Put out bird food on the ground, in feeders and on bird tables.
  • Keep the bird bath topped up and make sure it isn’t frozen.
  • If you have a wildlife pond stop it from freezing over by using a float.
  • Put out food for hedgehogs – not bread and milk – you can use hedgehog food from wildlife food suppliers or they can also have tinned dog or cat food and crushed dog biscuits or cat biscuits.
  • Make a shelter for wildlife from logs, rocks and piles of leaves.

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