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January Gardening Blog

January Gardening Blog

This is the planning month where we take stock of the year before, successes and failures. It’s worth doing a page for each and decide what to grow and what not to grow!! Then theres a page for new things to try suggested by friends or family or new from catalogues or gardens visited. Be objective, sometimes the weather can be bad and have a profound affect on certain plants, Potato/tomato blight for example.

Sort the shed and greenhouse out, wash down glass, check tools for broken or need repairing or replacing. Book in machinery for a service, often a discount is available this month – haggle. Clean tools, wire brush forks, spades, remove soil and rust. Wipe down with an oily rag or even paint with wax oil/duck oil even the wooden handles to keep woodworm at bay. Very satisfying to see the shed tidy and clean and a job well worth doing. Clean pots, seed trays, covers and labels, time spent now will make you more productive later on when you have less time!!

Order seeds and catalogues and choose what you want, bring in wooden garden furniture to clean and treat with preservative, clear gutters on buildings and downpipes. Check the felt on garden sheds and out-buildings for any leaks at the same time.

Garden:- Now the leaves are all down its easier to see the bare bone of the garden. Look at all supports for plants and trees, tree ties are not too tight, broken stakes?

Wire cutting into climbing plants, loose wall plugs, vine eyes, broken trellis or straining wires. Plants fallen away from their support, wall, trellis or pergola. Its far easier to deal with these issues with the leaves off.

Gales often cause havoc, cut out damaged or broken branches and reattach supports. Fence posts and panels need checking too, keep off grass if the ground is wet. Clean bird feeders and keep them topped up with food, fresh water in a bird bath is also very important.

Be prepared to pack planted pots close together if severe weather is forecast and place in a more protected corner near a building or shed. Insulate the greenhouse with bubble wrap and fleece. Snowdrops and Primroses soon,

Happy Gardening

Peter