January can tend to be the coldest month of winter and it may seem that you can do little in your garden in the dull month, however as the days starts to lengthen, your garden slowly starts to grow again. This is the perfect time to take advantage and start ordering all the plants and seeds you will need for your spring/summer garden.
Below are some January gardening tips to put on your to-do list!
1. Christmas Trees If you celebrated Christmas with a real Christmas, don’t just through throw it out when the festive period is over and done with. It’s favourable to recycle your Christmas tree by shredding it for mulch.
2. Prepare for Spring
Brave the cold and start to clean out your green hour and planting pots, ready for when the season begins to start planting seeds and plants. This will prepare you better and ensures that your garden remains looking clean and tidy throughout the year. Not only this, but the cleaner your greenhouse, water butts and pot, the better environment plants and seeds have to grow in; as you allow more light in and can easily control pests that may be lurking around the garden.
3. Soil Cultivation
It’s time to start digging over vacant plots that may have not been dug over already. This job takes a lot of work, therefore can be seen as difficult job but is extremely beneficial when preparing your garden for spring.
4. Worm Casts
Worm casts can be tedious as they affect lawns in the spring and summer months. Worm casts tend to happen when an earthworm void the contents of their guts above, on top of the lawn. Earthworms are much less active in soils that are acidic, therefore it would be beneficial to invest in products that contain sulphur.
5. Pruning Fruit Trees
It’s extremely beneficial to prune your fruit trees in winter to maintain it’s healthy growth in spring and summer. You will need to ensure you have a pair of steady ladders and a sharp pair of secateurs to take off around 10-20% of the canopy. If your fruit tree is healthy, the more you prune, the healthier it will be as this will encourage it to branch.
6. Crop Rotation
Now is the perfect time to start to plan what vegetables you are going to grow in your garden and how you will rotate the crops. The main reason for rotating crops is to allow you to grow different vegetables on different parts of your plot throughout the year. This proves to be beneficial as it reduces the build-up of pests that will be specifically on or around a certain crop.