The Gardener’s Calendar in January

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The Gardener’s Calendar in January

“Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year; for gardening begins in January with the dream.”
 ~ Josephine Nuese

Mixed Crocus bulbs at Bumbles Plant Centre

Sunrise & Sunset times…

January can bring some dry bright sunny days for the keen gardener but it’s still usually very cold so not much will be growing now. Nevertheless there is still plenty to do in the garden to make sure you are ahead of the game when the warmer weather arrives.

If it’s too cold or wet outside spend the time planning for the coming year’s gardening successes!

January’s garden task list:

  1. Stake any plants which might get damaged by prolonged snow falls or gales
  2. Clear away dead leaves from borders (they’ll harbour slugs and snails)
  3. Clear borders and lawns of fallen leaves and fallen fruit
  4. Repair broken lawn edges. Use “plant-any-time” seeds on bare patches
  5. Ventilate the Greenhouse on warmer days. Give it a spring clean too!
  6. Recycle Christmas Trees
  7. Order early seed potatoes
  8. Rough dig fallow areas. The frosts will help break down the soil and improve it for the spring
  9. Plant new fruit trees and bushes, new roses etc
  10. Trim woody hardy perennials back and replace any weak/old ones
  11. Keep bird feeders stocked. A variety of foods will attract a variety of birds
  12. Make sure you have fresh water available for the wildlife, especially in icy weather
  13. Clean patios and decking – Dirt and algae can make patios and decking become super slippery in the wet winter weather. Cleaning them now will help make them safer and also get them looking good for when the weather warms up and we can sit outdoors again. A stiff broom will do the job, but to make it easier, try using a pressure washer. Wellies are definitely a good idea as it’s a wet and messy job.
  14. Tidying garden borders and compost – old plants can provide habitats and food sources for wildlife, so don’t be in too much of a rush to cut things back. However, once they’ve become a soggy mess you can cut them back and put the remains in a compost heap where they will rot down and make mulch. Good compost is rich in plant nutrients and beneficial organisms.

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