January Jobs

Garden Maintenance 

If you find yourself in the midst of a mild dry day (unlikely be we can dream) now is a great time to trim lawn edges with a half-moon tool for a neat look. Mulching boarders and pots will help with weeds and adds much needed nutrients and structure to the boarders, but if you are working in the boarders, make sure you stand on a plank of wood to prevent compaction. It’s not too late to plant bulbs and if you are planning on sowing seed direct, I recommend warming the soil first either with a cloche or a hessian sack/sheet as this will help aid germination.

 

Flower Power

Now is a great time to sow Antirrhinum under cover, either in a greenhouse or window ledge. I’ve also managed to sow and germinate some Calendula, although most books tell you to wait until February.

 

Veg Plot

Now is busy time for vegetable sowing, you can get started on;

  • Broad Beans

  • Leeks

  • Lettuce

  • Peas

  • Radish

  • Salad Leaves

  • Spinach

 

Herbs

Now is a good time to sow coriander, one of my favourites.

 

Pruning 

It’s a good time to prune Apples, Pears, Blackberries, Currents, Autumn fruiting Raspberries and this month is the last opportunity to get on top of Grapes.

 

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