Winter in your Garden
With the dark and dreary days it may seem a little far fetched to start thinking about Spring and the sun shining. However January is a great time to start thinking about the coming year and planning your garden. Start thinking about the flowers your want to plant. It is also a great time to think about the wildlife in your garden and how you’re going to attract them and keep the ecosystem going.
January in Your Garden
January is probably the coldest month in the calendar with unpredictable weather to boot. You may well need to protect you garden from a whole host of weather conditions. Consider every eventuality including frosts, gale-force winds and heavy rain.
Move plants to sunnier spots to maximise light, check stakes are hard into the ground and plants are covered where necessary to prevent damage.
Most importantly keep feeding the birds in your garden and ensure a fresh supply of water. Food is scarce over winter and a good source of food will encourage nesting come the Spring.
January is also a great time of year to plan your veg patch and rotations and start buying seeds from the comfort of your arm chair where it’s warm.
If you fancy venturing out on one of the sunnier January days there is plenty you can be doing:
- Give your greenhouse an early spring clean.
- Clean pots out ready for planting your seeds once they arrive or buy new ones
- Dig over vacant plots ready for planting
- Mulch sound plants and in newly dug over areas to increase the nutrients in the soil.
- Recycle your Christmas tree for mulch or composting by shredding the branches from the trunk.
- Repair and reshape lawn edges.
- Prune trees specifically apple and pear
- Start forcing your rhubarb to encourage an early crop.
When thinking about what to order online check your tools and replace those that have seen better days.
Also consider the design of your garden and what new things you may look to add.