The Garden In January
01 January 2017 by Pennells Garden Centre
With the year in front of us, gardeners can dream about what they want their garden to look like in the coming year and to plan to make it come through. Do you want to grow more vegetables? Have you enjoyed picking and eating the fruit from your garden? Do you want to have more colours within your borders? Do you like pottering about in your greenhouse? Take time to write down what you want to achieve, visit the garden centre and ask for advice on what you need to do to reach your objectives. Decide if you want to grow your plants from seed or if you want to wait till later for the small plants grown in plugs. Growing from seed is cheaper but you will need a heated glasshouse, growing from plugs saves you the cost of early heat. Read the information on the seed packets to find out when you should be sowing or ask for advice.
January can be a fairly quiet time in the garden, what you can get done does depend a lot on the weather. If it stays mild and open then you can continue to plant new trees and shrubs, or move existing plants that are in the wrong place. If the soil isn’t too wet you can finish off digging the vegetable border as well.
The end of January sees the arrival of seed potatoes in garden centres. The range of varieties can seem daunting – but don’t be afraid to ask for help. These days it’s possible to buy sample packs which enable you to try out different varieties – ideal too for planting in containers.
Other things to do in the garden this month
• Prune Apples, Pears, Currants and Gooseberries
• Force early rhubarb and chicory
• Chit early potatoes
• Cover beds with cloches or polythene to warm the soil ready for early sowing
• Sow early veg under heated cover: for example, Leek Edison, Onion Unwins Exhibition, Strawberry Temptation, Tomato Moneymaker, Broad Bean Aquadulce Claudi
• Take root cuttings from perennials including oriental poppies, pulsatilla and echinops.
• Keep a check on newly planted roses and shrubs
• Put out food and water for wild birds
• Check newly planted shrubs.
• Aeriate lawn taking care not to stand on waterlogged areas.
• Keep plants in containers protected from frost and check weekly to see whether they need watering.
• Feed established trees in late January with Growmore Garden Fertiliser