5 Jobs In The Garden- January
Happy New Year to you all!
Now that the excitement and intensity of the festive season is behind us, it’s time to sit back and think about the year ahead.
Let’s be honest; most of us don’t really want to be out in the garden at this time of year. It’s cold, it’s wet and we’ve only just got the house clean after Christmas. The last thing we want is a trail of muddy footprints snaking in from the back door. Nothing too important is going to go wrong in the garden if we find curling up with a nice glass of wine and a good book somewhat more enticing. So, by way of encouragement, this month’s tips are aimed at keeping you warm and dry while still retaining some of that positive festive energy as we look forward to a brand new year.
1. Plan new features for the coming year
Use this time to think about what you want to get out of the garden in the year(s) ahead. It is always a good idea to plan any changes to your garden thoroughly before you begin, to ensure that you get exactly what you want and don’t make any time consuming or expensive mistakes. Think particularly about changing the shapes of lawns, which is best done at this time of year, as well as any garden features involving plants so that you can ensure they are completed in time to get maximum impact.
2. Plan vegetable crops and rotations
If you are planning on growing vegetables this year, you will need to give some thought to what it is you want to grow, which will be dictated primarily by the space available and by your willingness to keep it maintained. If you are just starting out, I would recommend potatoes, courgettes and beans as a solid, easy-to-grow beginner’s selection
Think about where each vegetable is going to go, how much time you need to prepare the site and of course, when to plant/sow and harvest each crop.
3. Harvest mature leeks and winter cabbages
Leeks and winter cabbages will be ready for harvest now so get out there and bring them in. Fresh winter vegetable soup or bubble and squeak will more than make up for a few minutes of winter weather.
4. Recycle the Christmas tree
The decorations are down, the house is back to normal. But what to with the tree? It’s all too easy to throw it out in the garden and forget about it, only to find a sodden mess of needles when you eventually emerge from hibernation. A better way to dispose of your tree this year would be to use one of the many charity schemes that operate locally, removing your tree and recycling it responsibly for a small donation.
Alternatively, if you have access to a shredder (or you can hire one), shred the tree and use it as a mulch to protect vulnerable plants in the cold weather.
5. Remember the birds
I know, this isn’t really a warm one. But remember, you have a cosy house to retreat to and the birds don’t. So please leave food and water for them throughout the winter, making sure there is access to fresh water if the temperatures drop below freezing.
If you have other jobs that need attention in the garden this month, we would be happy to help. Simply fill in the contact form and we will get in touch.
See you next month!
If you’re intent on getting stuck in regardless, visit the RHS website for comprehensive advice on gardening this month.