10 things you must do this January!

Planting

Now you are officially back at work, it is time to start working on your January to do list. According to the Royal Horticultural Society, you have 10 things to do this month:

1. Recycle your Christmas tree
This is assuming that you have a real Christmas tree and not an aesthetic one which goes back in the box until next year. If you have a real Christmas tree, you need to shred this for mulch. Although this may cost money, to hire the shredder, it will save you money in the long run as you will not have to by mulch.

2. Open your Greenhouse!
You have kept this close throughout the colder months, afraid to damage your plants. Now it is getting warmer, it is time to open the windows and get some ventilation and fresh air. Make sure that you only ventilate these on sunnier days. Alternatively you can purchase one of our Greenhouses which, for an additional cost, come with automatic window sensor. These open the windows automatically when the sun melts the wax inside.

3. Dig any empty patches
Within your garden, there will inevitably be an empty, vacant plot where there once stood flowers which have been removed. Now is the time to prepare your soil for spring. Dig the soil and turn it over so all of the frozen soil is broken up amongst the fresh, moist soil underneath.

4. Repair lawn edges
Nature, children and general wear and tear will have damaged your lawn edges. Now it is time to reshape them. We have told you how to do this earlier on this blog, it is simply done. If you don’t like the shape of the lawn edges, now is your chance to change it so it is a good idea to think about this first.

5. Inspect stored tuber flowers for rot or dry out.
Many gardeners will dig up tuber flowers in the winter. Now is the time, before you replant them, to inspect these for any damage to them. Replace any that are no longer useable.

6. Prune apple/pear trees
Over the winter tree pruning, understandable, has become sparse. Now is the time to get back on it. By pruning the trees, you make room for the fresh bloom of fruit to come through.

7. Force rhubarb
Rhubarb is a versatile plant, often forced to go in January thanks to its hardy, frost resistant nature. Be careful not to for the same rhubarb crown for two years in a row as it can weaken it quite badly.

8. Start planning
Now is the time to plan your vegetable rotation for the following year and to buy stock. Make sure you plan enough to keep your growing interesting and to ensure that you have enough crops to keep yourself  self sufficient.

9. Keep putting food and water out for the animals
Over the winter, food and water would have been scarce, animals would have had to fight to survive. Ensure that you help them through this transitional period by making sure they have a constant supply of fresh food and water to eat when they are too weak to hunt.

10. Prepare a shelter
Ensure that you have created a polythene shelter for any peaches that you are going to grow, if that is your wish, to protect them from peach leave curl. This fungal disease destroys all the leaves, making them fall off and damages the peaches themselves.

January 3, 2015

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