Jobs Ė January
does not normally have the kind of weather that often tempts you out
into the garden. Look out for the few bright sunny days and make the
most of them. The soil is probably getting too waterlogged to be
digging but itís a good time to plant fruit trees, bushes and
asparagus crowns. Itís a great month for sitting indoors with a hot
drink and planning what you are going to grow this year and where. If
youíve ever ordered seeds before youíve probably got a few seed
catalogues you can look through. Grow your favourites but maybe try
something new this year too. If youíve got a greenhouse and want an
early start then you can look at planting chilli and tomato seeds
indoors towards the end of the month.
Vegetable Patch in January
well-rotted manure and compost
bulk and nutrients to your soil. You donít have to dig it in yet,
just spread it over the soil and the weather and worms will do some
of the work for you.
chilli and tomato seeds
these crops benefit from a long growing season. Start them off
indoors towards the end of the month to give them a flying start.
are still a lot of vegetables that can be picked, mostly roots and
brassicas, including leeks, scorzonera, celeriac, parsnips, brussel
sprouts, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, swede and turnip.
dig your soil
be tempted to dig heavy waterlogged soil. It wonít be enjoyable and
you can easily destroy the soil structure. Donít dig if the soil
sticks to your boots as you walk across. Wait until drier weather.
There is also very reliable information about never having to dig
soil at all, just weed, mulch, plant and harvest, with no need to use
youíve already got your seed potatoes (many are in the garden
centres now) then chit
them in old egg boxes. Keep in the cool, light (but not direct
sunlight) and dry. A shed window is ideal.
left in the garden will probably have a few slugs curled up beneath
it. Lift any pots, buckets and planks, and remove all dead leaves and
plant debris. Start the year with as few slugs as possible.
and bend one of the leaves over the cauliflower head to protect it
from frosts. This will also help keep the florets white.
seeds and garden supplies
a trip to your local garden centre or buy your seeds online. January
is a good month to think about what you will be growing this year,
and any supplies you will be needing, such as seeding compost, plants
pots and trays. Be prepared so that you are ready to go.
leaves can be grown undercover, either in the house or in a
greenhouse. They grow more slowly than in spring but will still give
you lovely fresh leaves. Cress is a great crop to grow in the winter
and livens up all kinds of sandwiches.
Fruit Garden in January
fruit trees and bushes
bare-rooted fruit trees and bushes can be planted this month, as long
as the ground is not frozen. They need to be planted whilst dormant.
sure all stakes and supports are strong and doing their job. Winter
storms can often weaken them.
down autumn fruiting raspberry canes
you have not done so already, cut all autumn fruiting raspberry canes
to about 3cm (1in) above soil level.
blueberries with Christmas Tree clippings
up a few of the branches of your Christmas tree and put them around
the base of blueberry plants. This helps to keep the soil acidic.
Gardening Jobs in January
oxygen helps to keep the bacteria in your compost working, creating
compost more quickly.
the seed catalogues
through the seed catalogues can be very enjoyable. Thereís just so
much choice out there. Go for your old favourites or try some new
your Christmas Tree outside
you bought a potted or rooted Christmas tree, and youíve got space
in your garden, then plant it outside. Hopefully it will survive to
see another Christmas next year.
feeding the birds
the weather gets colder, birds find it increasingly difficult to find
food. Put out plenty of seed, nuts and fresh water for them each day.
They will help eat your pests in the spring and summer.
Michael Gourlay Chairman