January is a relatively quiet month in the gardening world, as the weather conditions aren’t conjunctive to plant or grass growth. Don't let this fool you however, there is still plenty to be done in the month of Jan - so get cracking!
Preparing for the year ahead
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Browse seed catalogues – January is a great month to start planning what plants and vegetables you want to grow in your garden and where. It’s quite an enjoyable activity and there’s lot of choice! Get your orders in so you’re not left disappointed.
- Turn your compost – Remember to turn your compost to keep adding oxygen, as this helps the bacteria in your compost to continue working. Poor quality, sticky compost is often the result of insufficient oxygen.
- Plant your Christmas tree outside – If you bought a rooted or potted tree this year and are planning on throwing it away, think again. You can always try to re-plant your old Christmas tree (if you have the room) and it’s possible it will live to see another year!
- Brush off snow – Tree branches and shrubs/bushes will become damaged if left covered in snow. Take the time to remove the white sheet to help keep them healthy.
- January can be known for high and strong winds, so you should ensure anything that’s ‘loose’ in your garden is secure. Fence posts and panels particularly, and things like young trees and climbing plants should be staked and fastened into place to prevent breakages.