January

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  • January is one of the coldest months for working in the garden and can be one of the last places you think of for spending your free time.

  • In January, especially if the weather is dry, there are quite a few jobs that you can still enjoy doing in the vegetable garden. Sowing seeds and planting, and weather permitting there are some trees that can be pruned.

  • Many people only pay attention to the plants and flowers when they tend their garden. However, there are many more elements that contribute to a pleasant outdoor atmosphere. This may be self-evident, but as these elements in the garden are generally the least susceptible to change, we tend to overlook them. January is a quiet month for gardeners, so this is the perfect moment to devote attention to these aspects, as some objects may be in need of maintenance or repair. A mild winter day is ideal for light chores. This also provides an opportunity to enjoy the crisp outdoor air.

  • Pruning is an important way of improving the growth and flowering of trees and shrubs.

  • The wet summer, equally wet autumn, and, so far, seriously soggy winter have done our paths no favours. Paved paths, driveways and other hard surfaces may look an attractive shade of bright green when dry, but, come the next downpour, they quickly turn into a dangerous hazard for anyone walking on them.

  • January may seem rather early to start thinking about vegetables for the coming year, but before you know it, spring will be here and sowing and planting time will be upon us.

  • Midwinter can be a trying time for plants in containers. Slightly tender plants are best moved into a frost-free greenhouse or conservatory, but what if you don’t have one of these, or even if the container is just too heavy to move?

 
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