January might be the middle of winter, but as the days lengthen the garden begins to grow anew. Now is a great time to plan for the beginning of the gardening year and to order seeds and plants.
- It may not be the most glamorous of winter tasks but it’s an important one. Cleaning greenhouses hugely improves the growing environment for plants. By removing the grime, it lets in more light and helps control pests and diseases too.
- On the fruit side, begin pruning your apple and pear trees if you haven’t done so already – this is best done whilst they are dormant, ready for the new year!
- Scrap your Christmas tree and include it in your compost bins. As well as this, the stripped down branches can make great pea sticks.
- If you’d like to try something new this year, have a go at growing your own fruit. Order some fruit trees now, organised for the springtime.
- Try forcing rhubarb plants by putting an upturned bucket over the crown. This will make tender pink stems to grow that will be ready in about 8 weeks’ time.
Why not give your garden a New Beginning?