January Jobs

Happy New Year Everyone!!

Here is the first of our monthly guides on what to do in the garden during January.  It may be cold outside but there’s plenty to keep you busy!

Firs Road, winter 2009. Hopefully we won’t see any snow this month! So make the most of the dry spells and get out in the garden.

Under Cover
• Start to chit seed potatoes in trays making sure they are frost free.
• Clean greenhouse panes thoroughly. Disinfect and light a sulphur candle to deal with any pests and diseases.
• Insulate greenhouse with bubble-wrap to retain heat if you are starting plants early.
• Pot on winter lettuces.
• Move strawberry pots into a warm greenhouse to bring them on early.
• Check stored fruit, veg and any tubers to ensure rot has not started.

On the Plot
• Keep removing yellowing leaves from brassicas.
• Firm any loosened shallots and onions. Plant sets if you haven’t already.
• Dig a trench for runner beans and fill with green kitchen waste.
• Plant garlic, sow broad beans.
• Put forcing jar, or similar, on top of emerging rhubarb to force crop of tender stems early. Also a good time to lift and divide crowded rhubarb.
• Cover bare soil with fleece or cloches to warm up for sowing.
• If soil is workable continue to dig over and add manure if not already done so.
• Test soil to gauge its requirements for the coming season.

In the Garden
• Tidy up borders, cut back grasses before new growth emerges, and mulch.
• Good time to move shrubs if they are in the wrong position.
• Take hardwood cuttings.
• Plant new Roses. Prune existing plants.
• Avoid walking on lawns in frosty weather and remove fallen leaves regularly. If conditions are suitable it’s a good time to tidy-up lawn edges
• Service lawn mower and check over garden tools.

Help Wildlife
• Continue to top up bird tables and feeders, and unfreeze bird bath.
• Great time to build a nest box to encourage more birds into your garden, they’ll return the summer eating pests in summer.

• Summer flowering bulbs for spring planting.
• Order veg and summer bedding seeds if you haven’t already (note for next season – if you’re a Society member you’ll get up to 50% off all seeds, and 10% off other items, if you join in our bulk autumn order with Dobies. If you’re not a member, why not join this year, that can be a huge saving.).

Leek, Parsnip, Swede, Kale, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Carrot, Celeriac, Brussel Sprouts, Purple Sprouting, Jerusalem Artichokes.

If you have any other January jobs please share them by adding a comment to this post. Whatever you decide to do this month enjoy your garden!

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4 Responses to January Jobs

  1. Good luck with this new site. I hope lots of people use it and find its advice useful.

    Lucy Corrrander

  2. Richard Soilleux says:

    A couple of comments on the “January Jobs” list. (1) Onions are biennials so set seed (bolt) in their second year. Onion sets are small, first year, bulbs that have been stopped from developing but will grow again when conditions are right provided they think it is still their first year. If you plant them too early (ie before March) they think they have had a winter, are into their second year, and bolt. This doesn’t apply to Japanese onions which you can overwinter for an early crop. (2) I grow celeriac but found last year’s heavy frosts made them go black when left in the ground. This year I harvested them early and have them in damp sand in the garage along with carrots and beetroot. All roots keep well like this and are clean and easy to access whatever the weather.

  3. wdhsadmin says:

    Thanks Richard, great tip storing in damp sand, a good way of keeping your veg for easy access in harsh weather.

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