With us being in January, Winter has yet to fully set in, which means mother nature is waiting to spring (no-pun intended) some unexpected weather on us, but the good news is that Spring will be on its way soon and there’s no better time than now, to get your garden ready.
March may be just around the corner and it’s now that most gardeners get cabin fever. Leering at snowdrops and admiring the crispy leaves underfoot can only last so long, before impatience sets in – is it time to start sowing seeds? Experts believe that January is still a bit early to be setting sight on sowing seeds, but there are a handful of half-hardy plants that can throw up some surprising results.
There are literally hundreds if not thousands of different plants to choose from, very similar to online slots, but you should always read the advice given on the packet, or you could find that the frost will kill them off before they even begin to develop. Plant bare-root trees and bushes, but make sure that the soil isn’t frozen. Vegetables thrive this time of the year, especially broad beans, but these will need to be shown a little TLC first; so, place them into a pot in a mild area.
Sow seeds indoors for early crops such as lettuce, cabbage, salad onions, turnips, spinach and cauliflower, before moving outdoors as soon as the winter weather looks to be heading into hibernation.
Pruning and General Care
Gardening isn’t just about planting fruit, veg and wonderful flowers – it’s about maintaining what you have and eradicating problems as they arise. Firstly, make sure your tools are cleaned and ready for use. Turn your soil over and add fresh compost or manure to add nutrients to the soil. Make a plan of how you wish your garden to look in Spring, noting down the various plants and where you want them to be positioned.
Prune fruits such as raspberries, gooseberries, currants, pears, apples and quinces. Keep a look out for slugs – they are attracted to early sowing seeds. Vegetable pots should be kept clean of any remaining compost to stop the spread of disease. Make sure tree stakes and ties are firm and secure. Check fruits and remove rotten ones. Plan a rotation system for vegetables, because growing crops in the same beds year after year, will result in disease build up.