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Monthly Jobs - January

INFORMATION

Jobs for January...

After the Christmas rush of fibre optics, trees and tinsel has disappeared over the horizon, the garden centre can get back to thinking about gardening. As the cold and short days are upon us, we should make plans for the seasons ahead and catch up on reading, surfing garden information and wrapping up warm to tackle a few essential jobs now!

GREENHOUSE

  • Buy new compost for seed sowing.
  • Sow seeds directly into modules to save time and space.
  • Thoroughly disinfect the greenhouse with Armillatox or Jeyes Fluid before use.
  • Sow early tomatoes in a heated greenhouse.
  • Clean out greenhouse gutters.
  • Make sure you have enough seed trays and pots.

SHRUBS

  • Prune Wisteria side shoots to encourage flowing.
  • Wintering Flowering shrubs all looking good now. Visit the garden centre to choose some now – you can leave the planting till the weather conditions improve.
  • Remove any old dead wood from bushes and shrubs

LAWNS

  • Service the lawnmower ready for Spring.
  • Keep off when frosty.
  • Rake up any leaves and add to your compost bin.

FRUIT

  • Plant now from a full range of bush fruit and fruit trees.
  • Spray with Mortegg Winter Wash.
  • Plant new fruit bushes when ground is not frozen.

FLOWERS

  • Plan which flower seeds you are going to grow in borders or baskets.
  • Baby plants for growing on should be purchased from next month, as buying them too early can mean they may grow too leggy and never reach outdoors.
  • Fill in any gaps in planted containers with Winter Pansies and Primroses
  • Check watering of tubs and baskets.
  • Check stored bulbs and replace rotting ones.
  • Purchase pre-planted pots of bulbs from the Garden Centre for a great early display.

TOP TIPS

  • Apply Mosskiller like Algon to hard surfaces to prevent slippy paths.
  • Sharpen and oil your garden tools ready for Spring.

PLANTS LOOKING GOOD THIS MONTH

  • Mahonia
  • Corylopsis
  • Hamamellis
  • Camellias
  • Vibernum
  • Hellebores