January Gardening Guide

  • Dead-head winter-flowering pansies and violas to keep them in flower and check for watering in dry spells.

  • Prune fruit trees, removing dead, damaged, rubbing and shading branches.

  • Keep off the soil and lawn when it’s wet to prevent compaction.

  • Finish winter cultivation, working country natural manure into the soil.

  • Be ready to fleece or cover any tender plants from heavy frosts.

  • Keep the mower on standby - in this mild weather, the grass is growing.

  • Clean your greenhouse or cold frame of overwintering bugs and clean the glass for better light transmission.

  • Remove old wood, leaf litter and places that snail, slugs and bugs can hide.

  • Drain your hoses and fittings, and lag your tap against freezing.

  • Keep a bag of rock salt handy just in case we get a freeze.

  • Feed the birds, they’ll appreciate the help.

  • Plant your ‘in the green’ potted Spring bulbs.

  • Enjoy Fresh cut flowering Daffodils indoors (available at Ruxley Garden Centre right through the Winter)

  • Carry on planting – mild weather is ideal for getting a headstart