Happy New Year! 2021 is finally upon bringing with it new hope and a brand-new gardening season. We may be in the throes of winter and lockdown, but this is the perfect time to plan your outdoor space for the spring ahead. There are still plenty of quick gardening jobs to do in January, we take a look at what you can do to ensure your garden gets a strong start.
January is planning time so on the colder and wetter days when you can get outside, pay a trip to your garden centre for inspiration, flick through the colourful pages of seed catalogues or visit the Gardenesque website for gardenware and outdoor living ideas.
Check your existing gardenware for winter damage, dust and scrub your seed trays and labels. Make sure you are fully stocked with containers and planters. We recommend the pots you choose are frost-resistant and frost-proof, glazed ceramic pots survive the elements much better and add colour to darker days.
Plant wise, there is still plenty to start the year with. Ideas for what to order now include:
- Early potatoes
- Onion sets
- Vegetable seeds including leeks, onions, broad beans, hardy peas, spinach and carrots to sow undercover in a propagator.
- Bareroot hedging, shrubs and trees
- Annual and biennials summer flower seeds that can be sown indoors.
There are plenty of options for winter colour that can be planted now. Flowering shrubs such Daphne, winter honeysuckle and winter jasmine can bring some cheer, along with stunning scent with flowers to enjoy from now until early spring, whilst heather and cyclamen can bring a burst of uplifting colour.
Winter container displays can also bring much needed life in the greyer days, giving your garden a whole new dimension between December to March.
January is a busy pruning month as rose bushes can be pruned whilst they are dormant, as can ornamental and fruit trees. Now is the time to tackle flowering perennials and cut them down to ground level so they flourish later in the year.
Clean patios, pathways and decks with a pressure washer to remove moss and slime that may make the surface slippery.
Look after the wildlife in your garden throughout the month. The colder weather and the need for food will often drive birds into your garden.
At this time of year, our avian visitors will really appreciate any food and water that you leave out for them. Fat balls and treats are excellent energy providers for them during the winter months. It’s also important to make sure that bird baths are kept clean and that the water isn’t frozen over so they have somewhere to drink and bathe.
Your houseplants will need some TLC in the winter. Check them regularly to see if they need watering and keep an eye out for any pest problems. They won’t need much watering at this time as they will be dormant – this is one of the most common reasons for house plants failing. Only feed house plants that are in flower with a high potash liquid feed.
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