Happy new year to all our readers and we hope that you all managed some quality downtime during the festive season.
Now that we are into 2021 we can start to plan our activities in the garden. Hopefully you will get some weather that is suitable for outside jobs, but there are also jobs for the greenhouse if you have one.
Some of the January jobs for the various elements of your garden include the following.
- If the ground is not frozen, now is the time to plant bare-root roses, shrubs and hedging
- If you buy snowdrops and hellebores in flower you can choose your favourite blooms and establish new colonies
- In preparation for next Christmas – I know it has only just gone !! – press mistletoe berries in the bark of apple trees to establish new mistletoe plants
- Deadhead winter pansies and other bedding plants regularly
- Climbing roses will also benefit from pruning while they are dormant
Fruit and Vegetables
- Winter pruning of apple and pear trees to remove and dead, damaged or diseased branches
- Ensure all your seeds are in date, and if any are out of date, make a note which you need to replace
- Prune fruit bushes such as gooseberries and redcurrents cutting back to three buds from base
- Ordering of new plants may be even more important to do in a timely manner this year, given the situation. Plan and order for spring planting of seed potatoes, onions, shallots and garlic bulbs
In the Greenhouse
- Sow winter salads for early harvesting. If you don’t have a greenhouse you can sow these in a conservatory or on a windowsill that gets full sun
- Potted strawberries should be moved under cover to benefit from early fruiting
- Check plants for bugs and take remedial action where necessary
- Start planting seeds for hardy annuals [ i.e. cornflowers, cerinthe, ammi ] in trays ready for early flowering
- Bird baths need daily fresh water, and water may need melting on colder days. Birds will also appreciate bird boxes in sheltered spots before their nesting season starts and don’t forget high energy food helps birds through the sparse winter months
- Repair any fencing that has been damaged by winter gales
- Ensure that the lawnmower is in good working order and carry out any maintenance sooner rather than later when everybody else needs the local deal to service their equipment
- Check all garden irrigation systems to ensure they are in good working order and have not suffered from the poorer weather
For more information on January jobs, visit Gardeners World