Seasonal Tips for January

  • Prune apple and pear trees. Apply winter washes to fruit trees and bushes and top dress with sulphate of potash.
 
  • Start forcing rhubarb.
 
  • Keep putting out food and water for birds.
 
  • Prepare a polythene shelter for outdoor peaches and nectarines, to protect them from peach leaf curl.
 
  • Sow seeds of Begonia, Lobelia, Salvia and Pelargonium in a heated propagator. You can also sow sweet peas now.
 
  • Sow seed indoors for early crops eg: lettuces, summer brassicas (e.g. cabbages and cauliflowers), spinach, salad onions and turnips.
 
  • Treat timber structures during dry weather.
 
  • Plant bare root hedging as long as ground is not frozen
 
  • Dig over any vacant plots and incorporate organic matter.