January Gardening Guide

Posted on January 1, 2019

With the new year brings many new opportunities – including a stunning summer garden! But waste no time this month, there’s still plenty to do in the British bleak mid-winter!

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
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